Posted on: 2008/9/9 18:07
Browsers for Site Testing
Hi, before anyone says anything, yes, I know we're off-topic but it seems daft to me to start a new thread at this stage.
So, Safari is surely not a must.
As far as I know, Safari is still the default Mac browser, coming with every Mac OS and as far as I know is used by well over more than half of all Mac owners. As it is now available for Windows and Linux, it will become even more important in the future.
For IE7: I think IE6 is more than enough
Somewhere in the Bible is a saying something like, "Pride cometh before a fall...."
The following example should go some way to explaining what I mean with this reference.
I have only Win2k and therefore no IE7 or Safari (you can't install either on Win2k). I have a web site
And what brought me to check my site with IE7 six months or so after I'd tested it and found it to be ok?
Quite simply, I installed Firefox 3. It made a similar mess of the menu tabs on the first page of my site to that which IE7 makes. This time it was because of a change in the way Firefox calculates offset attributes
(Don't worry if you're a web developer and didn't know about this change - as far as I know, this is a bug and is only documented on my site (fame at last) and on a bug report I submitted to Mozilla.org (Which at least means more fame and improved ranking in Google!))
I've fixed the Firefox3 bug only a month after the new version was introduced but this experience started me off thinking that I might have other unseen pitfalls lurking, and with my IE7 bug, I was more than right!
As I said, pride (or lack of money or whatever), cometh before a fall.