Best Tools for Cross Browser Compatibility

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The look and feel of any website is judged upon quite a few parameters and one of the most important one is cross browser compatibility. The techniques of web development have undergone a massive change in recent years.

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Best Tools for Cross Browser Compatibility

  1. 1. CompanyLOGOBest Tools for Cross Browser CompatibilityThe look and feel of any website is judged upon quite a fewparameters and one of the most important one is cross browsercompatibility. The techniques of web development have undergone amassive change in recent years. Leading website design companiestruly understand that with more and more people using a variety ofbrowsers to view websites, it is essential that any website they developneeds to look essential the same on any browser. From a technicalviewpoint this is what is referred to as cross browser compatibility.In conjunction to cross browser compatibility there is also anotherpopular term used by many and that is multi-browser however there isa difference between both these terminologies. While cross browserrefers to the ability of any website to look the same on any browserand any version, multi-browser refers to a website working in a varietyof web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE etc.
  2. 2. While developing any website, one strong challenge faced by any webdevelopment company is the ability to create a website that can runseamless and look consistent across any web browser. If the visitorcannot view the website properly then the person would most likely blameit on the website and as a result you may lose on a potential customer.This is why there are quite a number of tools that can help you checkcross browser compatibility and identify elements that need to be rectifiedto make the site work across any browser. Here are a set of 10 useful andsome of the best tools that can assist you in many ways:1. Cross Browser Testing ToolThis specific tool works on multiple OS as well as browserconfigurations thus meeting a variety of requirements when it comes tocross browser compatibility. This tool is considered to be a great tool forcross browser testing and supports JS, Flash and Ajax. A free trial ofthis testing tool is usually available for a limited period of time.Browsers it supports: IE (Internet Explorer), Safari, Google Chrome,Opera, Mozilla FF, Netscape and more…
  3. 3. Operating System it supports: Windows 98, 2000, Professional, XP,Vista, Fedora Core6, Apple iOS, Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.5, BlackBerryO5 and OS6.2. IE TabThe IE Tab is an add-on that can be used in Firefox as well as in theChrome browser. You can see any web page in the internet browser withinthe tab. This tool for many is an all time favorite and is available at no cost.The best thing about IE tab is that it very simple and extremely light. Itcomes in handy for most testers and developers to be able to see a webpage in internet browser on a single click from either Chrome or FFbrowsers.Prime features of IE tab:- Permits users to see web pages that need ActiveX controls- Any specific URL can be browsed through using IE tab- All IE configs are accessible- Flexibility to see Windows Explorer to browse through local files
  4. 4. 3. SPOON BROWSER SANDBOXThe spoon.net browser Sandbox has been used for quite some time nowand is considered to be a powerful testing tool for cross browsercompatibility. It supports all kinds of web and mobile browsers as well asbackward compatibility. The Spoon Browser does not need to be installedon any machine. This tool also supports a wide range of plug-ins likeFirebug, ActiveX, applets, CSS and JS and more.The tool can test web browsers like Firefox 11, 12, 13 and 14+, IE6 andabove, Chrome 17+, Opera 9+ and mobile browsers.4. Microsoft SuperPreviewThis cross browser tool is considered to be a wonderful tool and seems tomake things simpler. It is compatible on a variety of versions like IE,Mozilla FF as well as Apple Safari.The best thing about SuperPreview is that you have the option to viewmultiple pages with multiple browsers at one point of time which helpssave time. Plus you also get to see rendering of pages both vertically andhorizontally.Browsers it supports: IE 6+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 4+ and MacThe browser tool can be downloaded from Microsoft free of cost.
  5. 5. 5. BrowsersealThis cross browser tool works on the basis of webpage snapshots that canbe taken on a single click of a mouse button. You are able to identify andreport any UI issues by just browsing through the captured images. Thetool is compatible on a variety of web browsers both on a free or paidbasis. While the free version supports not more than two browsers withlimited screenshot the paid one supports a variety of browsers with multiplescreenshots. Browsers it supports: IE, FF, Opera, Safari, and GoogleChrome6. BrowsershotsThis is a free open source cross browser tester and is perfect for onlineweb applications. Just like Browserseal, it also allows you to takescreenshots of any web page on various browsers however it also factorsin the OS. It assists by showcasing how an app may look in a specificbrowser and this is only possible if you select the browser and OScombination. The only drawback of this tool is that the analysis mayconsume considerable time while analyzing.
  6. 6. The IE tester tool allows you to test any web page on different InternetExplorer versions at the same time. It is a free web application tool and isbasically used for checking compatibility on the IE web browser. The toolsupports browser versions of IE on Windows 7, Vista and XP.Browsers it supports: IE 6, 7, 8 and 9 and IE10 previewSupported Operating System: Windows 7, Vista and XP8. Cloud TestingThis tool is used to test and verify the GUI of various websites and thefunctionality on operating systems that use cloud. It is a perfect userfriendly tool and can run on browsers like Chrome, Opera, IE and manymore.Browsers it supports: Mozilla Firefox 3, 3.5, 3.6, IE 6 and above, AppleSafari 3.2+, Chrome latest version and Opera 9.67. IE TesterBrowsers it supports: Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari,SeaMonkey, Navigator, Netscape, and Avant etc.
  7. 7. 9. BrowserCamThis is a purely paid service and offers testers and developers to view webpages on a variety of browsers and operating systems. It works oncombination of any browser with an OS. You can enjoy code testing,testing of any dynamic functionality on all kinds of platforms. The tool alsohas the capability to capturing screenshots. A free demo version is alsoavailable for maximum 24 hours.Browsers it supports: IE, Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and more…10. Adobe BrowserLabThis specific tool is considered to be one of the best online services thatcan test cross browser compatibility. It works on the concept of Preview,Compare and Display of the web content. You can compare screenshotson multiple browsers simultaneously and also optimize your websiteeffectively. The only drawback found in the tool is that it does not work onLinux and supporting browsers.Browsers it supports: IE, Safari, Mozilla FF and Chrome

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