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trendyWebStar
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It’s a simple question really… How do you test your website’s browser compatibility?I know there is lot of online sites for that like http://browsershots.org or something like that…but what’s your favorite and easiest way to do it?is there any way to do that locally without having to install all of the old versions of web browsers?

thanks :)

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Pixelworkshop
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I personally use VMware, the player is free :)

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PaulWinslow
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I use Adobe’s Browser Labs atm but I’m not sure if their browser sets are always completely up to date, but it’s a good place to start.

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trendyWebStar
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will check both of them. . .thanks guys :)

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crozer
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You don’t really need any of those.

ThemeForest’s standards require your themes to be compatible with the latest versions of FireFox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and IE7 +. This means you can install these browsers on your computer and then:

  • Check FireFox by using its latest release (if your code is clean, it will look the same on its predecessor)
  • Check Safari (again, if your code is clean, the latest version of it will be the only proof you need)
  • On IE8 (or 9), hit the F12 tab and set the Browsermode and Documentmode to IE7 (or IE8 respectively).
  • Chrome will work much like Safari because they are both based on the WebKit platform.

In short, what I am trying to say is that you can check IE7 /IE8/IE9 within one single IE by using its browser/document modes. That is already a huge step, as FireFox, Safari, Chrome and Opera will be much easier to work with; and again, always keep your code clean, structured and organized and it will pay off when you render-out your website ;)

Good luck!
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PaulWinslow
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I didn’t know you could do that with IE9 – that’s a really great tip crozer, thanks for that.

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Pixelworkshop
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You have a good point crozer, now for testing older versions of other browsers and I think it’s possible to have multiple installations side by side for some of them (with Firefox at least). I prefer having multiple OS with different versions of each browser and test my stuff with native browsers, but it’s just my preference and habit even if it’s not required on Themeforest :)

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bogdanspn
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For pesky IE’s this is also usefull : http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage

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uDesignStudios
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We test all the normal browsers from the Mac and for IEs we have separate Parallels virtual machines for each version, currently IE7 , IE8 and IE9 because we found that having multiple browsers on the same VM can render differently from single-browser setups. We used to use spoon.net for this, but the Microsoft decided that it was too easy for people to test all IE versions from a single machine and intervened…

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fillerspace
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For pesky IE’s this is also usefull : http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage

That’s what I use!

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