More than Website Design – History
The Mosaic Web browser opened the Internet to the general public. It provided a pleasurable means to navigate the World Wide Web and was free for personal use. To compete with the appeal of the Internet’s worldwide network, closed networks had to introduce a pipeline to the Internet and supply a graphic Web browser to interpret HTML. By the time this occurred in the mid 1990s, Andreessen had partnered with Jim Clark, former founder of Silicon Graphics, to create a new flagship Web browser called Netscape.
Netscape remained the Web browser of choice until Microsoft began pre-packaging their own Web browser into the Windows operating system. Internet Explorer (IE) was inferior to Netscape in many ways, particularly criticized for ongoing security issues, numerous bugs, and a lack of conformity to Web standard protocols. While this turned off many in the online community, the flood of new computer users knew too little to be aware or concerned. By 1998, Internet Explorer dominated as the most ubiquitous Web browser, due in large part to Microsoft’s ability to pre-load it into new computer systems.
At times, there are battles to force standards, a great example is the VHS vs. Betamax war. VHS won in the end, although it was the lesser standard.
Internet Explorer is the least standards compliant browser commonly available (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari (Mac), Chrome). What this means for you, if you are using internet explorer and are fortunate enough to be seeing what you are supposed to be seeing, is because a tremendous amount of background programming is done to make it possible. As a web designer, I see the parts of websites you don’t see, I see the underlying code. What I see, and do, is a significant portion of background programming that is modified to make it so that Internet Explorer will parse (read) the information correctly. Fact of the matter is, not all elements are realistically able to be viewed in Internet Explorer. So what are you missing?
Beyond the visual struggles with Internet Explorer, there are security vulnerabilities that puts your computer at risk. Also, speed is greatly improved with other browsers. Everything from how long it takes to load your home page to haow fast you can surf the web. Chrome and Firefox put IE to shame.
So what can you do?
Change your browser… For free! So stop using IE. Make the web a better place. Make your computer more secure.
Of course there are more, but these are the top two browsers that work on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, and both are free!
(click on image to go to the Chrome page)
(click on the image to go to the Firefox page)