Cross-browser compatibility is still one of the most complex issues when it comes to web-development. Web standards usually guarantee a (relatively) high degree of consistency, however no browser is perfect and particularly older browsers have always been quite good at surprising web-developers with their creative understanding of (X)HTML/CSS-code. Still we need to make sure that (at least) most visitors of your web-site can use it, navigate through it and find what they’re looking for as quickly as possible.
Which Browsers are you "compatible" with? What is the best one?
AHS realizes that not every website looks the same in every browser. Over the years the way we code has changed drastically and browsers have followed suit. We at AHS code to W3C standards which ensures that we are on the cutting edge of the best current coding methodologies. Below is a review of the most popular browsers and what to expect when using them.
Currently the leader remains Microsoft with his Internet Explorer browser that continues to provide internet users with an excellent experience. Because IE was one of the first and most widely accepted browsers, it has some significant rendering problems since the CSS revolution of 2004. Recently released versions such as IE8 & IE9 claim to have solved many of these in the hopes of preserving the top spot amongst internet users.
We support for Windows OS: IE 9 & IE 10 AND no longer supporting IE7 nor supporting limited editions such as IE8
We support for Windows OS: Firefox 10, no longer supporting other versions nor supporting limited editions such beta ones.
We support for MAC OS: Firefox 10, no longer supporting other versions nor supporting limited editions such beta ones.
Apple's Safari browser has a significant share of browsers used due to the increase of MAC OS usage. Some technologies that function on PC browsers may not function correctly on Apple proprietary browser. AHS recommends Mozilla Firefox be used in place of Safari on a Mac platform.
We support for Windows OS: Safari latest stable version, no longer supporting other versions nor supporting limited editions such beta ones.
We support for MAC OS: Safari latest stable version, no longer supporting other versions nor supporting limited editions such beta ones.
Google released its browser (Chrome) in 2008 and has grown his market share continuously. Google is optimistic that this new browser will soon be widely accepted among the loyal Google users. Chrome isn't supported be some websites yet but we predict a much larger percentage of people will be using Chrome. For his speed and stability, Chrome has become the preferred browser of AHS team for presentations and support calls.
We support for Windows OS: Chrome 16 or latest stable version, no longer supporting other versions nor supporting limited editions such beta ones.
We support for MAC OS: Chrome 16 or latest stable version, no longer supporting other versions nor supporting limited editions such beta ones.
You'll want to make sure you're using the most recent stable release version of your preferred browser. We can't promise full support for beta or developer versions. In some cases browser add-ons, extensions, or plugins can interfere with the functionality of our application. If you're seeing any unexpected behavior while working in your website, you may want to disable these extras or try a browser without them to see if things improve.
You'll need to enable cookies in your browser so all elements of our application to work as expected.
The minimum screen resolution should be set to 1024 x 768 for optimal viewing. If you're using a Netbook, try setting the resolution to 1200 x 800 if you're seeing things out of place in the application. The latest version of Flash is required to view any of the videos on our site.
It's obviously not practical or feasible to download all of the different browsers to check how your website appears across all of them. Programs such as Adobe Browser Lab and Browsershots do this job instead, producing screenshots of the different ways in which the website will appear. This method instantly flags up any compatibility issues and offers the chance to see the site through visitors' eyes. We are using these tools and others to check for site performance before releasing for delivery any website build by our team.
Validating a website means running checks to ensure pages conform to the standards set by various organizations. If your website doesn't match up to the norms required, then this can affect how your site will be seen by web browsers, as well as how it will perform in search engines. Our developers validate using W3's XHTML Validator.
Nowadays, web browsers are not the only things to consider when thinking about website compatibility. Mobile technology increasingly means people will be checking websites on the go. To keep up with this trend, you'll need to make sure your website is mobile compatible. When creating a website, our developers will use conditional statements within the coding to ensure a site detects which browser is being used and adapts the content accordingly. This is a good way to ensure you'll never have to worry about browser compatibility, we consider to be offering soon this service as standard but for now is only on each project agreement basis.
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