Before we can even talk about diversity of browsers, we need to talk about how we can fix the web development and OS so that browsers will not break across the systems.

While diversity of browsers is desirable, in practice things are more complex than that. I have tried almost all browsers that are available on the market (some betas, and some out of beta production version) or at least as many as I could get my hands on, but the usage is restricted in different ways. For example, if you use a Mac, while Google Chrome looks spiffy, there are sites on which Google Chrome does not work well. For example, if I want to use Google Chrome using non-English language in Facebook, it will not work. If you try Opera on Medium, it is not going to work as you cannot write comments using Opera on Medium. Firefox is good and is generally stable across the board, but the best browser for most occasions is Safari on a Mac. Now it may be quirky, but the fact of life remains that even though we all clamour for diversity of browers, in practice our ambitions are limited by what web developers and OS developers offer us in terms of operability across the board.

Before we can even talk about diversity of browsers, we need to talk about how we can fix the web development and OS so that browsers will not break across the systems.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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