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Cross-browser testing - a review of some tools

     
7:01 pm on Jun 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Anyone coding a website is probably living in "cross-browser testing" mode a good bit of time. Smashing Magazine has published a review of some top tools (online and desktop) that help make the job easier:

Browsera
BrowserCam
BrowserLab - from Adobe
Browser Packs
SuperPreview - from Microsoft ExpressionWeb
BrowserSeal
BrowserShots
Litmus
Multi-Browser Viewer

If you're looking for a cross-browser checking tool and don't have the time to do in-depth comparison on your own, this article is a place to start: [smashingmagazine.com...]
2:07 pm on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi there tedster,

you may find this site to be rather interesting...



...or not. :)

birdbrain
3:43 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the link. Just to share my experience - I have used BrowserShots for years which I find good, especially for free. Adobe BrowserLab is also very good but won't be free for long.

Actually these days I am so used to dealing with cross browser issues that I know what to be careful of and what to avoid. So I just have a windows pc with all of the common browsers installed (including a virtual machine running ie6) and do testing locally. I find that this sort of testing allows me to iron out most issues and saves me from trawling through every combination or operating system and browser.

Browsers are all different so i'm not too worried about getting a site looking identical in all of them, I just want to make sure I catch all of the major issues. I can live with slight differences and it seems so can my clients.
4:18 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member topr8 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



>> birdbrain


Run popular web browsers with no installs
To enjoy Spoon, you first need to install the Spoon browser plugin!

... run an .exe on my computer to use it, no thanks!
4:50 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi there topr8,

as I said in my post...

...or not. :)




birdbrain
2:59 pm on Sep 25, 2010 (gmt 0)



I've been using spoon it's really nice. Also Tredosoft's multiple IE is nice too if you can get past the idea of installing .exe

[tredosoft.com ]

I've used Browser Cam, it's a lot more thorough and efficient than the spoon and multipleIE but you have to pay to have a subscription.
8:25 am on Sep 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member dreamcatcher is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



IETester is pretty useful for testing in certain versions of IE.
[my-debugbar.com...]

dc
11:03 am on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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How are you supposed to do actual debugging with these web based tools? As dreamcatcher says, IEtester is the shizzle.

I use browsershots just to test for old versions of firefox and to see how pages render on Mac/Linux systems that have different fonts
 

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