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A Browser is a program that lets users display and interact with the information (text, images, etc.) in a web page. The most widely-used browsers are Microsoft Explorer®, Firefox®, Safari® and Google Chrome™.
Browsers use a rendering engine to display web contents. A rendering engine is a program that downloads contents (an HTML page, for example) and formats the information on it (associated CSSs, for example) and shows them on the screen. Browsers use many different rendering engines, and these differ for the rendering quality, with respect to the standards, and speed. So, pages may appear differently according to which browser displays them. However, as a web page is not printed, a certain margin of difference is acceptable, if the user's experience is not damaged by this.
The best way to obtain web pages that are compatible with the main browsers, in their various versions, is to create a clean code that adheres to standards.
WebSite X5 automatically generates HTML5 code with associated CSS 2.1 or 3, and guarantees full compatibility with all the main browsers and mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and smartphones.
When you are working on a project, you need to be able to check the final result and how the website will be displayed once it has been published. To do this, WebSite X5 provides a Preview button, that is always available (see The work environment), which gives you a preview of the website on your computer. It is constantly updated (see Update Preview while editing the Project in the Preferences window).
To display the preview, WebSite X5 uses its built-in browser, based on Chromium (http://www.chromium.org/), the open source browser that gives its name to Google Chrome™. This browser has the following commands:
If you have decided to create a responsive website (selecting the Responsive Site option in the Resolutions and Responsive Design window), WebSite X5's built-in browser also shows the Resolutions Bar. This bar shows the active breakpoints for the project. As well as the Resolutions Bar, the following commands are also available:
When the browser window is open to show the preview of the page you are working on, the page that is displayed changes automatically according to the page displayed in the main browser window.
Using a built-in browser to display a preview of the website under construction has the following advantages: