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Part 3: What a difference a browser makes
Not all browsers let you take full advantage of every Web site. In fact, some Web sites hobble themselves if you’re not using a certain browser. I learned this lesson while using Six Apart’s Web-based application TypePad. TypePad lets you create and remotely host a Weblog without having to install any software on your computer, and it makes entering text, adding images and hyperlinks, and styling text easy.
I first discovered a problem while I was using Safari to write a blog about a house I was building. At the time, Six Apart had announced some new TypePad features that I didn’t seem to have access to. Six Apart’s tech support prompted me to give the application a go in Netscape 7.0; sure enough, I suddenly had access to all of the site’s features.
So if you find that some Web sites are missing features that you think they should have, try using a Mozilla-based browser such as Netscape or Firefox. That simple change may give you access to everything you need. Alternatively, some browsers, such as Opera, allow you to imitate another browser, effectively identifying your browser as either IE or Mozilla. You can also do this in Safari, with Gordon Byrnes’s Safari Enhancer (free), which gives you the option of enabling Safari’s Debug menu. Via the Debug menu, you can select the browser you’d like to imitate.
Sidebar: How we tested
Ready for the revolution
All the browsers reviewed here stack up evenly when it comes to loading this not-yet-standard code. They all handled these sites without a problem, which means that no matter which browser you use, you’ll be ready for the revolution.
[ Jeffery Battersby is a frequent contributor to Macworld.]
Apple Safari 2.0
The Mozilla Organization * Firefox 1.0.6
The Omni Group OmniWeb 5.1.1
Opera Software Opera 8.0.2
The Mozilla Organization Camino 0.8.4