Archive: December 2009


Browser Tests


Compatibility Tests and Multi Browser Testing:-
In the last post i was discussing about incompatibility and other problems that arise due to browsers,
So how to do testing?, before getting in to that you need to know what is compatibility and multi browser problem is.
People generally think that compatibility testing, is done across various browser, well if you too thought that way,then you were wrong, If you didn't it's great. Compatibility testing is done on a current version browsers and their previous ones and multi browser is only testing across various web browsers.
A few months back I was designing a Template for my friends blog, the template uses transparency for the post so that its nice background will be visible, I was working on firefox and since i use an windows environment i was having Internet Explorer(IE)-7, the template and everything was fine across these browsers when tested until my friend tested with his IE-6 browser,suddenly the transparency has gone from that page later when i did some google search i found that IE-6 doesn't support Transparency property, i am sure many would have been in such situation. Enough of my stories lets get into the fun part!!!!
So how to test,you can't practically install every browser out there and check it for yourself. some say they do, but its more complicated and only suitable for professionals.

If you are like me, want to do the testing but with minimum resources then this one will be perfect for you
click the screen shot to maximize and open it new window, browsershots this is a free site and it will be a bit slow based on the number of your browser selection. Here you can test both multi as compatibility of various browser
Don't forget to use screen size,color depth,java script,java and flash options


 Resource links


Browsers


Knowing more about your Web Browser:-
 Web browsers(See Wikipedia),you may think browser is just an application which render web pages, and wonder why i am talking about it,well browsers not only display webpages but also helps in creating,analyzing and modifying it.
There are plenty(actually a handful ones) of browsers available in the internet and wap world. "I am sticking with internet based browsers alone here." and your website will be viewed by it, after designing your web pages, as a developer you are in need to ensure that your web pages are compatible across all browsers
So what is the criteria in choosing browser for tests. It's generally based on the target audience of the site, most of the users use new browsers,and some may use dumb old browsers still in this fast moving internet.
so what are the browsers that counts..


  1. Internet Explorer - Microsoft
  2. Firefox - Mozilla
  3. Safari - Apple
  4. Chrome - Google
  5. Opera - Opera software ASA
  6. Flock
    The list is based on the usage share of the web browsers till October 2009
    The main reason behind these browser tests is the fact that different browser renders a page differently,and even the operating system in which they have installed leads to incompatibility, A web page on a windows environment IE is different from the same version IE on a different Operating System, say mac based one.
    So how do we solve this,simple by performing some browser tests on the web-pages.

    In the following post we will see how to perform these tests.


    Getting started


    Hi.. have you been wondering where to start in web developing, well i was a few years back, after some google searches i found what are the roles that people play in designing and developing a site, here is the complete story..
    Generally the are three major roles people play in developing a web site

    • Content Developer
    • Designer / Graphic artist
    • Coder / Programmer
    Content Developers:-
    They are more of a Technical Writers,All the information in the websites are prepared by these people,they maintain the standard of the information through their Grammatical and good language knowledge, why do these people are so important take my blog for an example. If a sound English knowledged person has written this article it may be a bit more attractive,now you should have understand...
    So what it takes to be a Content Developer,
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Spelling and Grammar of the relevant language.
    • Editing and Proof reading skills.
    • Basic knowledge about the Style elements CSS.
    • Ability to convince the visitor of the site through content.
    Designer / Graphic artists:-
    Designers work on the presentation of the contents,they design the layouts and all the attractive elements in a website.Without these people even an informative content is hard to stand out in the crowd.
    A good designer knows these stuffs, and the best designer specialize in these,
    • Knowledge and Passion for various designing tools.(photoshop,fireworks,coreldraw,illustrator)
    • In depth Style Sheet knowledge CSS.
    • Ability to design in wysiwyg(What You See Is What You Get) editor
    • In depth knowledge in HTML.
    Coder / Web Programmer:-
    Web programmers,add functionality to the site.They concentrate more on behaviour rather than the appearance of the site,They are the gods in web developing.
    Let's see what are the things need to be know to be a web coder,
    • Strong HTML knowledge.
    • Deep understanding of Client side scripting languages(Java Script).
    • Master in Server side scripting languages(PHP,ASPX,JSP).
    I personally,like  these three roles,In addition there are many fields like Sem(Search engine marketing),extension developers,plugins developer and many roles.
    This article is ment to give an insight of web development,There are lots of people who started as Content writers switched into Designers and Programmers.


    Inspirations