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Wikipedia – Comparison of Web Browsers

Wikipedia now has a Comparison of Web Browsers in its collection. It lists 34+ different browsers and includes information comparing the browsers, cost, release history, operating system support, features, accessibility issues and features, web technology support, protocol support, image format support, internationalization, vulnerabilities, and more. The titles of the browsers link to articles on Wikipedia about the browsers, allowing you to learn more.

Among the features highlighted for different browsers in the charts were bookmark, download, password, and form management, and spell checking and availability of a search engine toolbar without an add-on, extension, or third party package.

Of most interest to web designers are the operating system support, features, accessibility, technology support, image format, and vulnerability information. This allows you to cross reference browsers with various systems, and to learn about what features a browser supports.

The list of technology features available for the different browsers includes CSS2, frames, java, Javascript, XSLT, XHMTL, MathML, XForms, RSS, Atom, SVG, and XPath, critical information for web designers using these.

I was surprised to see how many browsers now recognize PNG files, but also surprised at the lack of recognition of many other image formats. The list includes JPEG, GIF, PNG, MNG, TIFF, SVG, and PDF.


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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen

2 Comments

  1. William Parry
    Posted May 2, 2006 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I’m running IE 7 Beta 2 and it still fails the Acid2 Browser test. Sigh.

    (Would post a link to the test page, but that would probably send this comment straight to Akismet)

  2. Andy C
    Posted May 2, 2006 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Weird. This is not dissimilar to the list of RSS Readers page on Wikipedia that recently got pulled.


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