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 accept the default browser that comes preinstalled on their computer (and those who are not aware of any issues with a downloaded browser) 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, for desktop/laptop computers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari; and, for mobile devices: Chrome, Safari, and Android. Edge is expected to become a major player in the desktop/laptop browser market, but currently has a tiny market share.
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, and may make you re-enter form fields more than once or lose editing work. 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 Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop and laptop computers (but not smart phones or tablets).

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 merely because of their monopoly status). 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; and (2) doesn't save the contents of form fields, unlike the other three major browsers. (This problem with forms is less significant with Trillium Zoom-Free technology.)

So 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, 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 program such as Windows Notepad, then copy and paste your completed content to the online form.

Smart Phones and Tablets

For Apple iPhones and iPads, the browser that comes preinstalled on your device is Safari. It is fairly good, so it may not be necessary to install another. (The Firefox version available on iPhones and iPads is a repackaged version of Safari.) The quality of browsers on Androids varies widely. The one preinstalled on your Android may be the best one available. If you're not happy with it, try Chrome, but don't count on your Android for completing extensive online forms. (Firefox is recommended everywhere except Android devices.)

Microsoft Windows Desktops & Laptops

For Windows users, the browser that comes preinstalled on your computer is either Internet Explorer or Edge. Their standards compliance is either poor or unproven, so installing another browser is wise. Firefox is recommended.

Apple Mac Desktops & Laptops

For Mac users, the browser that comes preinstalled on your computer is Safari. It is fairly good, so it may not be necessary to install another. If you have any trouble with Safari, try Firefox.

Linux Desktops & Laptops

The most stable Linux distribution is Debian, which natively comes with the very best Firefox variant, called “Firefox ESR”. This is the best because its stability is more thoroughly established before release than other Firefox versions, making it “la crème de la crème”.

Chrome OS

If your viewing device uses Chrome OS, then you may be stuck with Chrome web browser. This will be problematic when you open many tabs, or need to complete an extensive online form. In this case, consider (1) opening only a few tabs at a time, and (2) using a Chrome extension such as Lazarus or RoboForm to save your form fields before submitting, in case you need to restore them later. This is especially important for users who spend any significant time editing content within form fields.

Last updated 12/31/2016