S P O N S O R T H E R E S U L T S P A G E !
What follows are gifs of several browser's views of the Subject. The gifs on this page are 50% reductions. Clicking on an image will take you to the full sized version. Comments are included.
Take note of how each browser handles text and headers as well as whether they support the HTML 3.0 and other extensions included in the Subject. These screen shots have been taken using the default settings of the various browsers. Note how the relationship between text size and graphic size varies from browser to browser and platform to platform.
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The currently represented browsers are:
Please note that the following list does not correspond to the order in which the images are displayed.
This is what it looks like using Netscape 3.0 for Macintosh:
All of the HTML is fully supported by this browser. Items of note include the quality of the "3D" aspects of the tables and the horizontal rules. This browser supports all of the image types and handles the "nested" IMAGE ALIGN tags very cleanly.
This is what it looks like using Netscape 2.0 for Macintosh:
The only tag that is NOT supported by this browser is TD BGCOLOR. Items of note include the quality of the "3D" aspects of the tables and the horizontal rules. This browser supports all of the image types and handles the "nested" IMAGE ALIGN tags very cleanly.
This is what it looks like using Netscape 2.0 for Windows'95:
We include this version to highlight the differences between PLATFORMS as well as browsers - although the same HTML is supported the rendering may be significantly different. When comparing like browsers across platforms pay particular attention to font size and other factors which may affect page layout and design.
This is what it looks like using Netscape 1.22 for Macintosh. We do not know where this version of Netscape can be found at this time.
All of the HTML is supported with the exception of the DIV ALIGN, FONT COLOR and TD BGCOLOR tags. And, of course, no frames. This version of Netscape does not support the animated GIF89a.
This is what it looks like using the Internet Explorer 3.0b1 for Windows:
This browser supports everything. Like Netscape, everything is very well rendered. This browser supports several other extensions, some of which will be added to upcoming versions of the Browser Comparison.
This is what it looks like using the Internet Explorer 2.0 for Macintosh:
This browser supports everything but frames.
This is what the Subject looks like using SpyGlass Mosaic for Macintosh:
This browser supports much of the HTML. It did not, however, recognize the H* ALIGN or the P ALIGN tags, nor did it resize the gif green gifs (although it did handle the IMAGE ALIGN nesting well). SpyGlass does not support the LI TYPE tag or the FONT COLOR tag. The IMAGE WIDTH and HEIGHT tags are not supported (the image inside the table should be larger than the other). The horizontal rules, though supported, look awful.
This is what the Subject looks like using CompuServe Mosaic for Macintosh:
This browser supports some of the HTML; but what is most notable is what it does not support. This version does not support tables OR the any of the IMAGE tag extensions (which makes complex page design decidedly difficult). It also does not support the DIV ALIGN tag or the FONT SIZE/COLOR tags. This browser does not support the animated GIF89a format.
This is what the Subject looks like using IBrowse for Amiga:
This is a solid browser for a platform that is said to be "back for the future". So far so good. This Browser supports just about everything except frames and the DIV ALIGN tag (which isn't particularly popular anyway). Many thanks to Mathew R. Ignash for sending us this shot (along with the other two Amiga examples). - The Toad encourages anyone who does not see their Browser represented on this page to take a screenshot and send it over (we'll put your name in bold just like Mathew). - Thanks Mathew.
This is what the Subject looks like using the AOL browser and NetShark for Macintosh:
The new AOL browser for Macintosh and NetShark are one and the same. This browser does not support any of the alignment tags other than CENTER and IMG ALIGN (although it does not handle the nested IMAGE ALIGN tags well). It is difficult to tell how it is responding to the TD ALIGN tags within the table, but it is having a bit of trouble with the table on the whole anyway. Note how the TABLE CAPTION is squished at the bottom. As is typical the FONT SIZE/COLOR tags and the LI TYPE tags are unsupported. Note also that the "Nowhere" link and the "Subject" link are registered in the same color. This is one of the few browsers that DOES NOT support forms.
This is what the Subject looks like using the Voyager for Amiga:
This is one of three shots from the Amiga platform sent to us by Mathew R. Ignash. This Browser has some problems with the more complex and extended HTML. It does not handle the nested IMAGE ALIGN tags well, not does it recognize the IMAGE WIDTH/HEIGHT tags. It also does not support tables (and clearly no frames). The DIV ALIGN (as usual) is ignored. Thanks Mathew.
This is what the Subject looks like using the Cyberdog 1.0 for Macintosh:
Cyberdog is much more than a browser. It is a demonstration of OpenDoc -- the new component technology from Apple. If and when OpenDoc gains developer and user support it will be an extremely powerful tool which will further blur the boundaries between documents, applications, OS's, and the Internet, but for now let's look at the browser. The first thing to notice about this version is that when they say it doesn't support animated GIF's they really mean it! (I believe that the latest beta fixes this but we had to put this up for at least a couple of weeks!) There are several other unsupported features including FONT COLOR, LI STYLE, and the IMAGE ALIGN tags. The GIF transparency seems to be supported but not well. DIV ALIGN is not supported, but to Apple's credit the Tables look great!
This is what it looks like using NCSA Mosaic 2.0.1 for Macintosh:
This browser threw us for a loop for a while. It's support for certain features were not included in the default setting but had to be turned on using the Options:Style:Images dialogue - what a chore. After selecting the appropriate options, this browser supports much of the HTML, but does not support the CENTER, or the HR SIZE/WIDTH tag. The IMAGE ALIGN tag is supported but not particularly well as the BR CLEAR tag and the HR are sandwiched between "ghost" alignments of (some of) the images. The DIV ALIGN, FONT SIZE/COLOR, TD ALIGN and IMG WIDTH/HEIGHT tags are also unsupported. The LI TYPE tag is not supported but the bullets are rendered in a nice 3D style. Note that it had trouble with the "nesting" of the tables. Also note that the "Nowhere" and "Subject" links appear in the same color. This browser does not support the animated GIF89a format.
Well we are having trouble with NCSA Mosaic 2.1 for 32-bit version for Windows'95:
The screen shot is not available because the program freezes our machine while attempting to read the animated GIF. If we are able to solve this problem we will be sure to update this. Also if anyone else has experienced this problem please let us know, and conversely, if you are using Mosaic 2.1 and are having no problems with animated GIFs, please drop us a line as well.
We are also experiencing difficulty with the Macintosh (PPC) version of NCSA Mosaic 3.b2, we are unable to boot the program as it crashes after loading all our fonts. Any comments?
This is what it looks like using Oracle Power Browser for Windows'95:
This browser supports all of the HTML and image formats. It does, however, have trouble with the nested IMAGE ALIGN tags. The rendering of the table is rather unusual as well.
This is what it looks like using The Other for Windows'95:
This browser supports most of the HTML, including frames. It has trouble with the nested IMAGE ALIGN and doesn't seem to process the BR CLEAR tag well. It notice also that it seems to think there is an unclosed CENTER tag somewhere that the other browsers don't see, as all the elements on the lower half of the screen are centered. It also misses the FONT COLOR tag.
This is what it looks like using Emissary for Windows'95:
This is a good browser that supports all of the HTML except for the LI TYPE tags. It supports all of the image formats.
This is what it looks like using UdiWWW for Windows'95:
This is a solid browser (one of only a handful that we have tested so far that support frames) that supports all of the HTML except for the LI TYPE tags and the animated Gif89a image format. We do not like the default yellow horizontal rules or the creation of "buttons" around links, but that is a matter of taste . . . good taste.
This is what the Subject looks like using AWeb for Amiga:
This Amiga browser looks a is interesting mostly because of the way it tags frames even though it does not support them. This shot (along with the other two Amiga examples) was sent to us by Mathew R. Ignash, so we are not certain what will happen if you click on one of the frame links, but our guess is . . . well you know what our guess is. The list of unsupported features on this one is too long to go into (just take a look). - The Toad encourages anyone who does not see their Browser represented on this page to take a screenshot and send it over (we'll put your name in bold just like Mathew). - Thanks Mathew.
This is what it looks like using WebSurfer for Macintosh:
This browser supports most of the HTML but does not support the DIV ALIGN or the H ALIGN tags. It also does not support FONT COLOR tag or the new TD BGCOLOR extension first instituted by Microsoft. This browser also does not support frames.
This is what it looks like using Tiber for Macintosh:
This browser only supports IMAGE HEIGHT/WIDTH, P ALIGN and H* ALIGN tags. Tables are completely unsupported. Also note that the "Nowhere" and "Subject" links are oddly highlighted. The animated GIF89a and transparent GIF formats are unsupported.
This is what it looks like using Arena for Linux:
This browser sometimes touted as "The" HTML 3.0 compliant browser - but it appears pretty lame in our tests. It doesn't (and wasn't expected to) support any of the extended code, but it also made a mess of the tables and performed erratically with the forms (this is just one odd display we got from several "reloads'). It does not support the BG COLOR tag (which we understand to be a part of the current HTML 3.0 "standard.") We can't tell exactly what it is doing with the transparent GIF but it does not support the animated GIF89a format. The DIV ALIGN tag is also unsupported. Oh well . . .
This is what it looks like using Pythia for Windows:
This is an interesting browser. They have their own set of extensions which we may incorporate into a later test. BUT currently it does not support any of the CENTER tags and really screws up the tables (as you can see it renders the table twice). It does not support the animated GIF or the transparent GIF.
This is what it looks like using Quarterdeck Mosaic for Windows:
This is a solid browser. But it does not support frames or the animated GIF89a format. It also misses the FONT COLOR tag.
This is what it looks like using MacWeb:
This browser does not appear to support any of the extended code, with the exception of the HR SIZE tag. It does not support the animated GIF89a or JPEG display. It also does not support any of the extended IMAGE ALIGN tags.
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