Table of contents

These are the pages in my Browsers section.

Some general remarks about browsers and incompatibilities. A list of browsers I currently support on this site.
A lenghty piece on browser history from 1991 to the present day.
How to run several versions of Explorer on one computer.

Current browsers

These are the browsers that are currently in use. Usually you have to check your site in every one of them. I check every single bit of example code in all of these browsers.
The juggernaut of modern web design. Distinctly behind in CSS, but it has excellent W3C DOM support. The differences between Explorer 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0 are slight.
This browser is going senile fast. 5.0 and 5.1 on Mac Classic are OK, but the 5.2 port to OS X has very bad W3C DOM support. You'll recognize these problems by the crashes.
The hope of many web developers. Although it's good (but not perfect) it suffers from versionitis and general overweight.
Excellent CSS, as always.
The new default browser for Mac OS X, based on the Konqueror libraries.
Unfortunately Netscape 4 is still in the Current list. I'm very, very sick and tired of this rambling piece of junk but since it still has a market share of about 2% (09/03), I'm forced to pay some attention to it.

Rare browsers

These browsers have a heroic past but don't amount to much any more. You'll rarely need them, though once in a very great while you'll have to consider one of them.
Some notes on older Mozilla versions.
The native browser of the KDE Linux desktop environment. Independent, and excellent.
The best browser of its day. Nowadays its market share has dropped below 1%.
Opera 5 and 6 were not bad, but meanwhile they've been superseded by Opera 7. Opera users are generally very quick in updating to the latest and greatest version.
The only browser specifically meant for TV. I never check my sites in it because it doesn't really have any market share in Europe. In the US, I've heard, it has about 1.5% market share, so it may be important for American readers.
An independent browser for Mac. There was a time I even included it in my W3C DOM tests, but unfortunately its development has slowed to a crawl and I don't really expect much of it any more.
The best browser of its day. Nowadays it's hardly used any more, but let's have some respect for fallen royalty.
Has never been a good browser, but since it has a very few vocal defenders I include it under the Rare browsers instead of the Very Rare ones. OmniWeb has switched to the Safari rendering engine, so its days as an independent browser are numbered.

Very rare browsers

These are the browsers that have always been pretty obscure or whose heydays fell before the Browser Wars. You'll never need this information.
The Ice browser is a commercial W3C DOM compatible browser.
The Espial company is the most corageous browser vendor in the world since it decided to emulate Netscape 4. Unfortunately the resulting Escape browser is not buggy enough. Written in Java, so it may be pretty slow.
The first browser to offer decent CSS support. It provoked quite a stir in its days, though meanwhile it has all but disappeared from the scene.
The worst Opera version ever. Best forgotten, even by Opera aficionados.
Sun's own browser, written in Java. I never detected this browser in the wild.
The native browser for the QNX operating system. Cute, but hardly important.
Microsoft's first serious browser. Nonetheless it was quite bad and buggy.
The very first JavaScript browser. Given its limitations it still performs pretty well.