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#44 get web browsers


If you're reading this page, you already have a Web browser. But one browser isn't enough! The reason is that different browsers display HTML differently. As an HTML author, you need to know how your pages are going to look on the different browsers.

Why do different browsers display HTML differently? Because HTML is not a layout language and it does not always specify how the browser should lay out the page. Ugh! This is a drag, and you'll just have to get used to it.

In my opinion, the most practical solution is to get a copy of the two most popular browsers, Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. This should cover about 85% of your viewing audience. Whenever you create a page, view it in both browsers and make sure it looks the way you want before you put it up on the Web.

And don't panic - you'll get the hang of writing HTML for a variety of browsers faster than you think!


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