Testing on multiple browsers

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I'm very curious to know how those on this newsgroup, especially the  
professional web designers, are testing your websites on multiple browsers?

For instance, I would expect that many clients nowadays want to be sure  
their sites work properly in Windows on all of the main browsers as well  
as Mac, maybe Linux, and at least one or two of the operating systems  
which smart phones and tablets use, such as Android.

How are you verifying that all your sites work in all of these platforms  
and browsers?

I can't imagine you all own a roomful of different devices so that you  
can test in all of these environments so what ARE you doing?

Has anyone developed emulators, preferably free ones, that let you  
simulate all of these different environments reliably?


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Re: Testing on multiple browsers

On 1/6/2014 11:59 AM, Rhino wrote:
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First I verify my HTML at <http://validator.w3.org/ and my CSS at
<http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ .  If the Web page verifies with NO
errors, I then view it with a Gecko browser and then with IE.

I make the assumption that an error-free Web page that looks close to
what I want on two browsers will look okay on others.  No, the page will
never look exactly the same on both browsers.  The key is to make the
page error-free, in which case you do not have to worry about how a
browser treats errors.  HTML and CSS errors are the primary source of
rendering problems.

While the most common Gecko browser is Firefox, I use SeaMonkey.  The
two share the same rendering and networking components, differing
primarily in their user interfaces (menus, buttons, etc).

David E. Ross

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Re: Testing on multiple browsers

On Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:14:15 -0800, David E. Ross wrote:
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Perfect answer!

It amazes me that so few Web dee-zigh-ners bother to validate their  
pages, yet spend endless time tweaking pixels.  That's like  
complaining that your car won't start, and having it towed, but not  
checking the gas gauge.

Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
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validator:      http://validator.w3.org/
CSS 2.1 spec:   http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/
validator:      http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
Why We Won't Help You: http://preview.tinyurl.com/WhyWont

Re: Testing on multiple browsers

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I've made a stab at partial testing. I develop my site on MacOS and test  
on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.  I test on a Windows 7 VM with IE9,  
Firefox, and Opera. I don't bother with Opera either on MacOS.

I've made not attempt at testing on iOS or Android.  I have an iTouch  
and an Android phone, so I suppose I could but I don't see any value in  

My site is a Wordpress template and I leave most of the heavy lifting  
for compatibility to them.  I have a graphic at the bottom of my site  
saying I don't support IE6 and that they should update to Firefox.  
That's my business decision to make to ignore those visitors and I'm OK  
with it.


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Re: Testing on multiple browsers

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I think it's a good idea for you to see your site in a mobile  
environment.  The percentage of mobile vs desktop is climbing rapidly,  
now that devices are smarter, and prices have gone down.

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Wordpress Responsive Design can sometimes make things for mobile users a  
mess, like removing menus, etc.

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Re: Testing on multiple browsers

On Thu, 9 Jan 2014 00:26:16 +0000 (UTC), Adrienne Boswell wrote:

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And not just Wordpress R.D.: even the flat design of mail.live.com, on my
BlackBerry PlayBook, doesn't let me find any obvious way to log out of an
email session once I've logged in, unless I scroll all the way down to the
bottom to click on a link for letting me use a standard computer UI instead
-- only then do I unearth a [log off] link. [Modern idiocy] Cheers, -- tlvp
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

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They don't have Linux, but they have several OS X and Windows releases,  
and lots of versions of IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and various  
mobile devices.

You can use it for free, but I think they have a limit on the number of  
uses. You can pay for accounts to get more uses.

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
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Re: Testing on multiple browsers

On 1/7/2014 10:09 AM, Barry Margolin wrote:
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