The world wide web is made up of millions upon millions of websites that contain information intended to inform or assist users with whatever query or service they are looking for. From overall appearace down to content, web design companies in the Philippines, have their work cut out for them since they’re trying to compete with a massive number of competitors. A unique design, higher quality content, better authority, and trust value – all of these only make up a minuscule amount of what makes a website great. But even before we get into the right design, content, etc. for a site, we must first understand how these websites are presented in every browser since not everyone uses the same browser to search on the internet.
What is Cross-Browser Compatibility?
The phrase “cross-browser compatible” is a term used when a web application or page can adequately work with any version of the browsers that are available to users. Although there are numerous browsers available on the internet, it’s common knowledge that there are top dogs among them. They are namely, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer. A developer and designer can only claim that their web application is cross-browser compatible when it correctly works in all the browsers mentioned. So, how exactly do you make your website cross-browser compatible? Here some tips:
Your website’s doctype is the one in charge of signaling to the browser what rules you have used in your code. The primary consequence of not specifying your doctype is that you will be allowing the browser to guess the rules it should use with your website. It means that different browsers have different guesses. The most recommended one would be “strict mode” wherein, if applied, browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 and above will start to behave much like that of standard, modern web browsers (Firefox, Safari, etc.). If you have not specified your site’s doctype, Internet Explorer 6 and other related browsers will run in “quirks mode” where it behaves like that of old browsers.
2. CSS Reset
In most countries, even here in the Philippines, web design and development companies already know that browsers behave based on their default css rules. It means that different browsers have different sets of rules that they follow. So, web developers and designers must define the css to make the browsers behave the same way and not follow their default rules.
Before releasing a newly created website, you should first validate its HTML and CSS to check if there are any problems. The W3C Validation Service can validate various versions of HTML and XHTML which is an immense help when you want your website to be error and warning free.
4. Notice the Differences
Web designers for companies in the Philippines and the world already know that it’s close to impossible to have a design that is the same in every browser. The smallest details such as typography will always vary even if you have set the rules. Always remember that making a website identical for all browsers is not the focus of web designers. Their primary focus should be making sure that the website’s design is pleasing, acceptable, and usable.
Even though a website has gone through numerous validations to make sure that there are no errors, sometimes, mistakes can happen. Coding is a tricky process, and it’s normal to code something that doesn’t work in one or two browsers. It is why manually testing if the site is compatible with major browsers is a must and will always be one of the best practices a developer and designer can do.
Cross-browser compatibility is a common goal that most developers and designers share. When the creation of a website is involved, presentability and visibility in all browsers is essential, so make sure that you remember the tips highlighted above to create a beautiful, informative, high-quality, cross-browser compatible website!