Choose Your Web Browser Well

All Trillium-built public-facing web pages are designed to display well using all major web browsers. However, those users who uncritically accept the default browser that comes preinstalled on their computer or device may not be enjoying the best user experience; so it makes sense to choose your browser intentionally.

What Are the “Major Web Browsers”? Currently these include Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and the Android generic browser.
Internet Explorer generally doesn't comply with standards well. On this account, it is the most likely of all browsers to cause rendering and functional errors. (That's why Microsoft finally replaced it. The replacement is called “Edge”.)

Chrome is less stable, may make you re-enter form fields more than once or lose editing work, and may be questionable in terms of privacy and censorship. Safari is fairly good, but not as good as Firefox.

For the most consistent rendering across platforms, best standards compliance, best reliability, and strongest open-source (democratic transparent) ethics of any major browser, we recommend Firefox for desktop and laptop computers; Firefox, Firefox Focus, or Safari for iPhone and iPad; and Firefox Focus for Android.

What about Microsoft Edge?

Beginning with Windows 10, the default web browser that ships with Windows is called “Edge”. Is it any better than Internet Explorer in terms of standards compliance? Yes, in some respects. Will it be fully or almost-fully standards compliant as the other major browsers are? Early evidence suggests not. At least Microsoft has seen “the writing on the wall”, and is now starting to try to comply with standards (rather than arbitrarily blazing its own trail, expecting everyone to follow). For now, Edge isn't recommended. Windows users have better options available.

The Problems with Chrome Web Browser

Chrome is not recommended because (1) it is less stable, particularly with multiple tabs open; (2) doesn't save the contents of form fields, unlike the other three major browsers; and (3) is a product of a corporation (Google) which has a questionable track record in terms of privacy and censorship.

What happens because of not saving contents of form fields? When you hit “Submit”—and later hit “Back”—the form fields you recently completed may be unexpectedly and completely blank. Your editing work could be lost. Or you may have to start over, which would mean unnecessary typing.

If you're a die-hard Chrome user (or stuck with it as in the case of Chrome OS), consider (1) opening only a few tabs at a time, and (2) using a Chrome extension like Lazarus or RoboForm, and saving your form fields before you hit “Submit”, in case you need that data later. Or do your editing offline, with a text editor (for example, Windows Notepad), then copy and paste your completed content to the online form.

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Last updated 4/24/2018