It was not so long ago that Internet Explorer was the standard for Internet browsers. This allowed for limited compatibility issues and simplified development. In the past 10 years, though, other browsers have gained significant dominance in the market.
In addition to Internet Explorer (in all of its many versions,) there are multi-platform versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and a wealth of mobile phone browsers. With the variety of programs available, it is critical to make sure your site works and appears the same in each of these platforms.
We utilize every tool to make sure a website is fully supported. Depending on how the website is coded, there are many issues that can arise. This is why it is important to test various platforms, resolutions and browsers. If any problems are detected, we verify that the markup meets current coding standards, make sure the HTML is valid, correct CSS errors and ensure functionality of links.
We also strive to keep the look of the site consistent across multiple platforms. It is necessary to review the styling of website elements like pages, titles, menus, image layouts, etc., making sure they are rendered properly on every browser and throughout the entire site. Take our website for our client Lexi Ainsworth, for example. We designed an intricate header with a variety of functional elements. These elements not only need to bring the viewer to the appropriate subpage, but also need to have the proper sound, motion and styling.
The process of testing and debugging layout issues is an important one that is often overlooked. It is our focus to make sure your site not only looks the same, but also functions properly across all browsers and platforms.
John, LOL SMG, Frontend Developer