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1 Browser genealogy

See Wikipedia's Timeline of web browsers

2 Special/research browsers

Read Top 10 specialty Web browsers you may have missed, InforWorld, oct 19, 2010.

  • Amaya. This is W3C's Editor/Browser. Like Tim Berner Lee's original web browser, it also can be used to edit.
  • rockmelt (A nov 2010 integrating client)

See also: browser extension

3 Implementation of standards by various browsers

There are two majors issues:

  • Understanding what current browsers can process and display
  • Telling a browser how to behave when you serve legacy (bad) code.


  • Activating Browser Modes with Doctype. This article by Henri Sivonen describes the following issue: “In order to deal both with content written according to Web standards and with content written according to legacy practices that were prevalent in the late 1990s, contemporary Web browsers implement various engine modes. This document explains what those mode are and how they are triggered.”

4 User characteristics and choice of web browser

To our knowledge, no serious studies have been conducted in this area. In August 2011, an elaborated hoax showed IE users to have a lower IQ. From our personal experience, there is probably a statistical difference between various users. But it rather reflects "tech savyness". [1], [2], [3],

5 Links