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    Out of sheer curiosity, how does everyone prefer to test their stuff? I've been reading up on the latest trends in HTML5/CSS3 and as usual, some things are universally supported, some not so much.

    Do you use a service to check your work for compatibility or do you prefer the old fashion fire up the browser and look at it?

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    Browser. There isn't a substitute I've seen for it.
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    I know enough people to have my stuff checked by many different browsers. Some are Mac users, some are PC users, some only use tablets or smartphones ... and some use Windows Millenium with IE7. Since I don't own any Apple products, I make sure I have a list of things to check when I visit the Mall of America Apple Store. I browse my sites on their products to see how they look. Right across the hallway is the Microsoft Store (which tries its hardest to look as cool as the Apple Store).

    You can always post your link here and hope that some of us can post some screenshots for you. I think we all have a variety of browsers that we use.


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    The main two I have heard of people using are BrowserShots and Adobe Browser Lab

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    Testing on your own comp is good. I have recent versions of Firefox and Chrome, along Safari 4 and IE8 for testing lower limits. Don't have a smartphone or tablet, but I use Opera Mobile Emulator and I resize my browser to quick-test for basic responsiveness.

    If you want to test for no javascript, I found a way to do it using Firefox's Noscript addon. All you have to do is block scripts from the current domain.

    There's also a thing called BrowserShots that takes photos... but their queue time is bit long.

    For the best testing, I suggest going to Best Buy and freeloading. Macs, PCs, desktops, tablets, mobile phones, widescreen displays... it's as good as it gets there. Of course, you'd only want to do this infrequently, say, after a site is finished.

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    A lot can be said for simply knowing what's supported on various browsers, and writing solid code with known compatibility. I spend a lot of time on http://caniuse.com just seeing if a feature I want to use is supported. If support isn't deep, I make sure the design degrades gracefully or cut the feature. That isn't to say that I don't or you shouldn't test your sites in different browsers, however it is certainly possible to make it less necessary.

    If you're finding that your designs look overly different on the latest versions of the major browsers, it's likely a problem in how you're coding to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RDesignista, post: 246762
    For the best testing, I suggest going to Best Buy and freeloading. Macs, PCs, desktops, tablets, mobile phones, widescreen displays... it's as good as it gets there. Of course, you'd only want to do this infrequently, say, after a site is finished.
    I also keep all my old computers and laptops, and have let it be known to my friends that id they're upgrading and want to get rid of an older machine, I'd be happy to take it off their hands. So far I've got 1 desktop and 2 laptops, all running different versions of various browsers, plus an old Macbook. With the iPad I got for Christmas, my daughter's Android phone, and my Crackberry, I'm pretty well covered here at home.
    But I also use Futureshop and BestBuy - between them I have 3 locations within a 1/2 hour drive - and they always have something I haven't tried the site on yet.
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