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Browser Compatability Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 6, 2015  |  2 Comments

We still receive a fair number of questions about browser compatibility testing. There are a good number of ways to complete this depending on when you are testing and what you want to learn. Most browser compatibility shouldn’t be something you learn in the testing tools but at design buy following appropriate design guides and the tools built into page development environments, ie developers should deliver pages that render in the right way in every browser.
Every browser increasingly means mobile and many sites have not been created with mobile in mind. There are many full feature tools to assist with the such as Perfecto Mobile, Gomez, and CrossBrowserTesting.com. However Google also provides a free basic service and guidance oriented at determining is my current site mobile friendly and guidance on how to make it so.
www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly
Will provide a quick report and rendering of any accessible page you point it at.
Gartner’s site for instance is not mobile-friendly. (see screen captures) This is different than does it work. The site works but the text is too small, links are too close to each other, content is wider than the screen leading to wasted space and the mobile viewport isn’t set. Google provides a series of educational material and additional tools aimed at making the site more effective.
If you haven’t already begun an assessment of your mobile friendliness, you are already behind.

Category: mobile  quality  testing  usability-testing  

Tags: compatability  mobile  testing  

Thomas E. Murphy
Research Director
15 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Thomas Murphy is a research director with Gartner, where he is part of the Application Strategies and Governance group. Mr. Murphy has more than 33 years of experience in IT as a developer, product manager, technical editor and industry analyst. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Browser Compatability Testing


  1. […] wrote last month about Browser Compatibility Testing and this continue to be a growing area of interest.  In that post I discussed the Google […]

  2. […] Gartner analyst, Thomas Murphy puts it very correctly that “Most browser compatibility shouldn’t be something you learn in the testing tools but at design by following appropriate design guides and the tools built into page development environments, i.e. developers should deliver pages that render in the right way in every browser.” […]



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