Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Browser testing your web design

An important part of web design and development is getting the pages to display nearly identically in all the major browsers (and minor ones too). These online services allow you to perform cross-browser and cross-OS compatibility tests.

Litmus (formerly SiteVista)
Definitely my favorite. Excellent interface and functionality. And unlike most others, Litmus offers full-length screenshots of the page(s) you’re testing. Sign up for the free account which lets you try on two browsers. You’ll like it.
www.LitmusApp.com

IE NetRenderer
As a Mac developer, I often use this free German site to do quick tests in IE. Does not do full-length pages like Litmus does.
meineipadresse.de/netrenderer

Browsershots
Have not tried this yet, but they have an impressive list of OSes and browsers.
www.Browsershots.org

Browsercam
Have not tried this.
www.Browsercam.com

CrossBrowserTesting.com
Have not tried this.
www.CrossBrowserTesting.com

BrowsrCamp
Have not tried this.
www.BrowsrCamp.com

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Weekly Standards spotlights Download.com redesign

The Weekly Standards is a website that features large corporate sites that have been redesigned using web standards. They approached us for an interview-via-email and luckily our new CSS wizard Greg Penhaligon took on the task of writing a full article [Update: The Weekly Standards went down for good, but you can still view this article on Archive.org] for them. A few of my initial responses to TWS's interview questions are also included as pullquotes (the last paragraph, which begins with "My advice for other designers..." is also a pullquote from me, but they style it incorrectly so it lacks an attribution. I've let them know and it might be fixed by the time you look).

There's been more feedback on the web about the redesign, and I've been collecting links to all the various places where people have commented. I'll post a list soonish.

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