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Tech, GP

March 6, 2009

Tech G.P.: All Web browsers not created equal

OK, class, who knows what an Internet browser is?

If you raised your hand, congratulations. You're probably one step ahead of most people who use the Internet.

I suspect most people don't know, or much care. But they really should.

Here's the answer: An Internet browser is the program that you are using when you look at Web pages. In other words, when you surf the Web, you are looking at the Web through a Web browser program. A Web viewer would be a more descriptive term, but the word "browser" is generally accepted.

So, why should we be concerned, anyway? It's because Web browsers are becoming a more and more important part of everyone's life.

People are doing more things on the Internet, and the life functions that are taking place on the Web are increasing in number all the time.

You do your banking, your shopping. You search for answers to questions. You read news. You may be reading this on the Web. Many people even work online now. There are loads of things you do on the Web now. Tomorrow there will be more.

See where I'm going with this? All these things are done using your Web browser. That makes the browser a very important part of things.

The browser you use interprets, interacts with, and displays the Web for you.

If it doesn't support something you want to do, you can't do it. If it brings a new feature to the table, you can do something new.

And, if it doesn't do it correctly, that could be a problem, too. This brings up another issue _ compliance with standards.

Something as big as the Internet can't possibly work well unless it is guided by technical standards. There are several organizations that set standards for different aspects of Internet operations. If everyone abides by the standards, things work well.

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