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March 10, 2016
Glenice Swenson, Swenson Web Services
I have been building and developing websites for clients for 12 years. When I first started, there were only a couple of browsers developers needed to check their websites in. Internet Explorer was the main browser and usually first checked.
Most of the market consisted of computers with Windows operating systems and a large portion of computer users, more than 70%, used Internet Explorer to browse the web. With a goal of reaching more of the market, website builders tested their websites in other browsers such as Netscape and Safari. Sometimes what looked good in Internet Explorer did not look good in another browser. Code would then be changed with attempts to make the website look good on all computers.
Over time as more browsers were developed such as Opera and Mozilla FireFox, Internet Explorer became the “problem child.” Often a website would test great in all browsers except Internet Explorer. Developers started writing/coding work arounds for Internet Explorer (IE) since their websites would render fine in all other browsers.
The issue with Internet Explorer went on for quite a few years. It was not unusual for me to finish a website, begin testing for publishing and then find a glitch in IE that would require a change in the code, or a work around to make the website look the same in IE as it did in FireFox. It was very frustrating and caused IE to get a reputation amongst web developers as a buggy browser.
A tool that developers use to track the popularity of various browsers is found at w3schools.com. There you can see which browsers are the most popular. As we watched IE’s popularity decline, it became less important to be concerned with how the browser performed. Currently Chrome is in the lead with 69% of the market and IE has fallen to 6.2%.
With the increase in mobile devices and more browsers, web development has changed to accommodate publishing websites to all devices and on all browsers. These developments have helped decrease the issues seen in the past with IE. Unfortunately for IE, making a comeback may be quite a challenge.