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Browser Resources

Need to download a browser? Browser compatabilities? As you may know by now, all browsers are NOT created equal. Here are some resources that are useful for sorting it all out!

Website Description
Chrome Download Google chrome here: www.google.com
Firefox Download Mozilla Firefox here: www.mozilla.org
Opera Download Opera here: www.opera.com
Safari Download Apple Safari here: support.apple.com
Internet Explorer Download Microsoft Internet Explorer here: windows.microsoft.com
Wikipedia-Comparison of web browser engines Behind every web browser is a browser engine. You may have seen CSS code that attempts to accomodate different browser engines (e.g. -webkit-transition: 1s, in addition to transition: 1s). Webkit is the engine behind Apple Safari, and until just very recently, Google Chrome. This article is a nice comparison of the most relavent browser engines: en.wikipedia.org
W3 Schools-Browser Information Once again, W3 Schools is a great resource for all things web. They collect statistics on browsers, OS and mobile OS as well as displays. You can also find a little information about each of the top browsers. Here is the link to the page: www.w3schools.com
W3 Schools-CSS3 Browser Support Handy dandy chart that shows which CSS3 properties are supported by the various browsers (as well as the browser version). Here is the link to the page: www.w3schools.com
W3 Schools-Keyboard Shortcuts Also a handy reference for keyboard shortcuts, text editing, web browser shortcuts and screen shots. Here is the link to the page: www.w3schools.com
Caniuse Caniuse.com offers compatibility tables for support of HTML5, CSS3, SVG and more in desktop and mobile browsers. Here is the link to the page: caniuse.com

Here is a link to a great Sitepoint article about using this tool with your own website statistics from Google Analytics: sitepoint.com
Quirksmode QuirksMode.org is the prime source for browser compatibility information on the Internet. Here is the link to the page: quirksmode.org
Browser Shots Allows you to test your URL on different versions of MANY browsers. You enter your URL, check off which browser/version to test with, and you receive screen shots from those browsers. Not bad, but very slow. The free version limits how many screen shots you can do at one time, and how many you can do in any one day. Here is the link to the page: browsershots.org
Lunascape 6 Lunascape is a triple-engine browser for Windows. It runs Trident (IE), Gecko (Firefox) and Webkit (Chrome and Safari), so that you can see how your website looks in all three, side by side. Get more information about this tool on their website. Here is the link to the page: www.lunascape.tv
IETester IETester is a free (both for personal and professional usage) WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE10, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 8 desktop, Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process. Here is the link to the page: www.my-debugbar.com
IE Netrenderer IE NetRenderer allows you to check how a website is rendered by Internet Explorer 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 or 5.5, as seen from a high speed datacenter located in Germany. Just type in a URL in the field above and try it out - it's free! Here is the link to the page: netrenderer.com
Sauce Labs Sauce Labs provides a lot of browser and OS options and sets you up with a browser dedicated VM instance that you operate inside the browser of your choice. It also records a video of your entire testing session. The service offers 200 free minutes of testing per month and allows you to quickly build automated tests from your browser with Selenium. Here is the link to the page: saucelabs.com

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