The Browser Difference

The latest browser from Google, called Chrome, is a nice, clean browser and seems to sport the latest Web 2.0 feel. Only time will tell if Chrome becomes a dominant force in the browser market – one that has been corned by Internet Explore and Mozilla Firefox. But it does come with it’s fair share of difficulties. Many websites now are optimized for certain browsers, and you may typically see this. There are lots of websites that recommend using Internet Explorer or Firefox, and many that say you need a certain version or higher to successfully load the website. Because of this, I have run into a few websites with Chrome that says I’m not using a supported browser. The majority of these notices just don’t account for the new browser, and it has no difficulty running those sites, but for many who are less tech-savy, they may be steered away from using Chrome for that reason.

At DDA, we undergo testing procedures for everything from new websites to custom programming to video CDs or DVDs. We test everything on multiple computers, and in the case of website development projects, every browser. From time to time we catch errors between the browsers as they are all programmed a slightly different way, and we even notice there are differences between Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8. We know that people use a large variety of browsers and software versions, so we have to account for each of those users to ensure they have the same viewer experience as anyone else. It can be difficult and frustrating with so many unknowns, and sometimes it would be easier if one company came in and streamlined every browser and every screen resolution and every home computer, but we know that’s likely not going to happen. So in the meantime we continue to test the projects we build on a variety of computers (both PC and Mac) and a variety of browsers.