As we progress into the more modern age, we have a lot of options at our disposal including what browser to use. In the beginning of the internet, there was only one browser available, Internet Explorer. Nowadays, aside from the Internet Explorer, you can download various browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari. These browsers are different from one another in function and display that one website may display or function differently in another browser. When your website works properly with all those said browsers, we call it Cross Browser Compatibility. It is just as important for the website to be compatible with one browser as it does with the others.
When making a website, having different browsers to consider is bad enough as it is. Add the fact that some of these browsers that the users have are outdated. Not everyone knows about updating software’s frequently, after all, but there’s an automatic update popping out in almost all software available. The only problem is that if your target audience are in their senior years then you better take into consideration that your website must be able to run even in outdated browsers. Though automatic updates pop out, in cases of people who are not well versed with computer, they won’t update for fear of causing harm to their computers.
Cross browser compatibility is very important to target a wider audience. You might want to take this aspect of web designing into top priority. As a designer, it is your goal to know what the audience needs, what they want and it is your duty to target those. You may have experienced yourself a website that is not compatible with your own browser. No one will bother to download a specific browser just for the sake of one website that may or may not be to their satisfaction.
If you want a fully functioning website and a successful one, you must think of the audience all the time. They are after all the very reason you created a website. A website without enough traffic is bound to fail sooner or later.