There’s a new kid on the block in the web browser neighborhood: CHROME by Google. Yet another web browser that front end web developers need to consider testing their websites in. Or do we?
Depends… All of the web developers that I’ve met with consider Internet Explorer the most important web browser to check their websites in. Not because they prefer Internet Explorer, but simply because the majority of website visitors use Internet Explorer. So if a client wants their website to be successful, it’s the web developers responsibility to ensure the website works in whatever browser a site visitor might be using.
Despite caring most about Internet Explorer, many web developers I’ve met first test their pages in FireFox and after the page checks out okay in Firefox, only then do they test the page in Internet Explorer. They do this because FireFox is currently better at rendering standards-based markup according to the guidelines put forth by the W3C…better than Internet Explorer version 7, and especially better than version 6. But version 8 of Internet Explorer (still in public BETA at this time) appears on its way to changing that.
So how do you keep up with who’s using what browser when you’re deciding which browsers to target when developing your website? There are many websites that provide statistics on the number of users that use a particular web browser. Here are some free websites that I’m aware of:
- Net Applications:
- W3 Schools:
- Chuck Upsdell's Browser News:
That’s certainly not all that’s out there…where else are YOU getting your web browser data? Please comment on this post or send me an email.
If you’ve installed Chrome on your computer and are using Expression Web (version 2 or 1), you can start testing your web pages in it (or any other web browser installed on your computer) by adding the browser to the Edit Browser List dialog box:
- In Expression Web, choose File > Preview in Browser > Edit Browser List.
- In the Edit Browser List dialog, click Add.
- Then browse to and select the chrome.exe, assign it a name, and click OK.
- Click OK again: