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    Cross browser testing?

    Hi, can anyone provide a reliable testing utility for me to test sites on the main browsers please? Best I am coming across is this:

    http://browsershots.org/

    but it doesn't show me the actual browsers I am seeking?

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    Hello mikehende,
    browsershots.org is the only one I've ever used. What browsers is it missing?
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    Spoon offers a great Browser Sandbox:

    http://www.spoon.net/browsers/

    Install a simple plug-in and you're away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excavator View Post
    Hello mikehende,
    browsershots.org is the only one I've ever used. What browsers is it missing?
    I went to the page, input the url, waited and it only showed 8 browsers and none of the main ones except for Firefox?

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    ok, it's working now, I can see the screenshots but tell me this guys, is that all where testing is concerned to simply see that your home page is showing ok in the major browsers?

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    For some reason, sometimes it takes quite a long while for all your browser shots to show up. I usually just check about 10 or so of the most popular browsers and their outdate versions(IE in particular) to test. Doesnt make sense to test on 30 or 40 browsers to me.

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    I've been told to test only the 5 main ones FF, IE, Chrome, Opera and Safari, if this is correct, then why check the oldest versions of these operating systems as opposed to the latest versions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    I've been told to test only the 5 main ones FF, IE, Chrome, Opera and Safari, if this is correct, then why check the oldest versions of these operating systems as opposed to the latest versions?
    Not everyone runs the latest versions. Btw, they're browsers, not O.S's.

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    Oh, yes, I had not meant to refer to operating systems, but what about mobile handheld devices and screenreaders e.t.c, how you test on those?

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    I use device central, an adobe product that has hundreds of handheld screen sims, to test mobile devices. There are some sites out there as well, particularly for the iPhone and iPad brands, that utilize screen simulations to check your site on their products. Cant remember the site urls, but I'm sure a quick google will find them

    As Matt pointed out, you must test for older browsers, epsecially for IE 7 and 6. Some even test as far back as IE 4 and 5. I think the latest survey suggested up to 10% of internet users still use IE6. Better to be safe and cover all your options.

    Also, as well know as Firefox and IE are here, if you have need to target overseas users, then they may have different browsers altogether. You would have to research that.
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    Did you even try the Spoon link I showed you? If you're in a windows environment it will let you run all major browsers in a standalone fashion.

    Browsershots is a poor choice of testing medium because you can't test core functionality and left with a single image of one page at a time.

    Realistically you should be installing all the newest versions of browsers on your system, then using something like Spoon to test the older versions, such as IE6 etc.

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    Yes, I tried installing the Google Chrome plugin and it said it did but I don't see an icon on my desktop to launch that browser?

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    Can anyone tell me how to open this software please? When I install it, I don't see an icon anywhere to launch the software?

    http://www.spoon.net/browsers/

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    Ok got it now thanks so please let me see if I understand what browser testing involves?

    1] Zoom in and out of each webpage on the new site to see if all content is centered and all divs stay together and not separated?

    2] Open the site in question on the major browsers IE, FF, Opera, Safari and Chrome, any others or would those do?

    2] When on those browsers exactly what am I looking for and/or what should I do? Just make sure the page fits correctly on each of the browsers?
    Check to see all animations, slideshows or whatever is working properly?

    Anything else please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    1] Zoom in and out of each webpage on the new site to see if all content is centered and all divs stay together and not separated?
    You want to make sure that your page degrades well when zoomed, yes.

    However, make sure that you test in text zoom modes since that's where layout issues seem to occur. In Firefox 3.0, for example, going to View: Zoom: Zoom Text Only will turn this non-default option on. (Default zooming zooms everything. That may preserve layout on the one hand, but, e.g., make images look like crap on the other, hence why text zoom is still in use.)

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    2] Open the site in question on the major browsers IE, FF, Opera, Safari and Chrome, any others or would those do?
    Those are the big five that you should test in. Other browsers such as Avant or Seamonkey simply reuse the rendering engines from the major browsers.

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    2] When on those browsers exactly what am I looking for and/or what should I do? Just make sure the page fits correctly on each of the browsers?
    Check to see all animations, slideshows or whatever is working properly?
    You probably want to go through each page give it a quick view and test all of your scripts to make sure that they work. Depending on how concerned about accessibility you are, you may want to go through and make sure the sites work when printed, with CSS disabled, with scripting disabled, with images are disabled, when text is zoomed, etc. Certain tools (like Firefox extensions) make this process easier.
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