It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself in a non-IE browser; Netscape 6 was a disappointment after a very long wait and I’m not willing to pay for Opera or deal with the ads which are included with it’s free version. As Internet Explorer comprises at least 90% of the traffic to my sites, I’ve used it for daily use and development; opening the others purely for testing.
Now that I have been coding toWeb standards I have additional freedom in my choice of browsers. While IE will continue to hold the top spot and thus require added attention, I think it’s important to understand how Netscape and standards compliant browsers in general render my work.
So I have been using Netscape 7 as my default browser for a week or so and am exceedingly happy. I love tabbed browsing and the fact that I can bookmark several sites to open at once, each in their own tab. The pop up controls are quite nice, and about 95% effective – though Netscape.com manages to sneak one by (surprise surprise). The printing controls are much nicer than Internet Explorer, providing the ability to shrink Web pages that are too large for paper.
Quite a few tools that can be added to the browser which aid in developing Web sites. In addition to my long list of bookmarks, I have added the DevEdge Sidebar Tab and the PNH Toolbar to my browser. I have used both a good deal in the last week and expect to utilize them even more as we redesign the A. G. Russell Knives Web Site.
It is refreshing to see that the folks at Mozilla (the open source, standards-compliant Web browser that powers Netscape 7 and many other browsers) and Netscape are doing things the right way. I have returned to the fold.