As a web developer, one of the hardest things that we have to deal with is browser compatibility. What this means is, to make sure all of the projects we work on work in every way with all of the major browsers. Those browsers would be Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera.
When we build a new website or application, we test it in the latest versions of all of these browsers to make sure that all of the functions and features included work as expected.
Though there is a defined set of parameters these browsers should follow, each one tends to do things a little differently. Many of them have jumped on board with standards in their latest releases, but some older versions, particularly Internet Explorer, still linger and cause headaches for those needing sites to work in older browsers.
What can you do to help?
Update your browser to the latest version. In some cases, depending on your operating system, you can only upgrade so far in a browser series. If that is the case, then I recommend trying an alternative browser. You can use the links provided above, or feel free to check out Browse Happy.
Why should you update?
Updating your browser does not only help us as developers, but it also benefits you. Every time a new version of your favorite browser comes out, it comes with things like security updates to keep you safe online, bug fixes to make the browser work better, support for new web technology so that we can make your website cooler and much more. Having the latest and greatest when it comes to your browser is always a plus for both the guys “behind the curtain” and you, as a user.