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    How to test web pages in various modern browsers

    I am sure this question has been asked dozens of times, but I am running Windows XP Pro (SP3) with each of the following browsers at their most current versions:
    • Chrome (5.0.375.125)
    • Firefox (3.6.8)
    • IE (8.0.6001.18702)
    • Opera (10.60)
    • Safari (5.0.1)


    Does anyone know of a way (or a web site) that I can go to, to see what my web pages look like is each of the PC and Mac browsers for the last 2 or 3 versions of each browser. I believe that most of them do not permit the ability to have multiple versions on my machine.

    I am most interested in what the pages look like in each of the various browsers. I am running Dreamweaver CS5 and I know I can check browser compatibility, but when it comes to HTML/CSS/JS combinations, I don't trust compatibility checks as a means to conclude that my pages all render the same way in each of the browsers.

    Thanks

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    I sometimes have to get the developers to help me since it confuses me, but I have a virtual machine set up with Service Pack 1. I'm afraid I can't provide you with much more than stuff to google but you can download virtual PC from microsoft I think.

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    I believe that most of them do not permit the ability to have multiple versions on my machine
    All permit multiple versions to be installed. For IE is a special solution:
    http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE
    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-run-mult...imultaneously/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fang View Post
    All permit multiple versions to be installed.
    Really, I did not know that. Does having multiple versions running (excluding IE) impact options/preferences/settings within each install? Or does each version know how to handle its own set of options?

    Thanks for clarifying this "fang"

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    Each version can have it's own options and profile.
    http://lunatic.web.id/webdev/install...rnet-explorer/
    Last edited by Fang; 08-06-2010 at 10:05 AM.
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    Ok, and now I have a question about browser versions. (This scenario question applies to all the major modern browsers):

    If I install Firefox 3.0, for example, do I need to have multiple versions of FF 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, and so on in order to test my pages for variations or is having FF 2.0 and 3.0.x good enough?

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    Major versions is enough, although I would only bother with versions of IE.
    Users of other browsers tend to update as soon as they are available.
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    good point -- agree with you on that

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    The only problem with static web page shots from sites like these is that I can't test my mouseovers on the menu bar. I am having an IE7 issue with one of my sites. That's a major reason for needing multiple "working" versions on my machine.

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    IE8 can change browsermodus to IE7
    F12 then select browsermodus
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    Whoa, that is the coolest thing (not to pat Microsoft on the back though for being cool with their browser .

    Is that a true IE 7 ?

    I just tested it and I can recreate my known web page issue using the IE7 browser mode change in the developer tools.

    Thanks Fang!!!!!!!!

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    Well, there are ways to run versions of IE on one OS, but IE 8 as stated does have the IE 7 compatibility mode. I use Firefox's IE Tab for quick looks at how IE may parse the page. Also, Maxthon uses IE's engine, but not sure if it uses the IE 7 or 8.

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    Lunascape has 3 built it browsers
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