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Browser wars and their selection for your website

By: Jesson Yew - 2018-12-26

From a website designer perspective, they will need to design websites according to the browser that most of the site users uses due to the output or website display that is not consistent across browser. Some codes might even break the site on certain web browser.

A more complex website with complicated coding will be more prone to this problem. Therefore it is wise to test the website with a variety of browsers to achive maximum compatibility.

As for browser wars, it is a competition for dominance in the usage share of web browsers and according to StatCounter, a web traffic analysis website, the most use browser in November 2018 is Google Chrome, next is Safari and Firefox, then UC browser, Opera and IE being the less popular browser. From the statistic gathered from StatCounter, a knowledge is born and we can start by focusing our coding mostly on compatibility on Google Chrome first and then toward other browsers.

It's easier for web designers now then in the past as we have The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. With such community, the web is now more organized than before. I still remember the days when images with the type of png not supported by older version of IE and you need to use certain hack to display it properly. I guess those time are long gone, unless some people is still using that old version of IE. Then you will have no choice but to either include such hack into your website's coding or exclude such user from your target market.