What is my Browser



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Working on the browser is common on these days. Whenever we go on the internet we are in some type of browser. So, anybody has wondered what does the word mean? Or what is the origin of the word? In 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, director of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), was the first to invent browser. He named it WorldWideWeb which was later changed into Nexus.

So, if I ask you to define the browser, what will it be? As nonsoftware guys, you may be thinking for some time. To help you out with, I am here providing a general definition about a browser. Here I go… Sometimes also known as the web browser is application software that is commonly used for presenting, traversing and retrieving information resources in World Wide Web. Uniform Resource Identifier identifies the information resource that may be image or video or web page. Hyperlink present in the content or the resource helps the users to navigate from one browser to the other. The main purpose of browsers is to use World Wide Web and also can be used to get the information from the web servers of the private networks or can be used to access files that are present in the file system. Some common web browsers used now days are Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Opera.

Here is list of UI elements that major web browser have in common;

  • Address bar – This bar is used for URI input for the desired resource.
  • Forward and Backward button – This button is mainly used to go to the next page or back to the previous page.
  • Refresh button – Also known as the reload button is used to reload the current page.
  • Stop button - Mainly used to stop loading of the page.
  • Home button – This button helps to return to the home page.  Search Bar – This bar provides to carry a search in the browser.
  • Status bar – This bar is mainly used to see the progress of page loading. Also, have the feature of page zooming.
  • Viewport – It is the webpage’s visible area of the webpage.
  • HTML source – On right clicking on the webpage, a HTML page opens that shows the page’s HTML source.

So, why do we need a browser?

The main purpose of the web browser is to fetch the information resources for the users, displaying the information and thus allows them to navigate from one page to other for getting the information. This is mainly done when the users find a hyperlink letter or phrase and they click on it, a new browser opens up showing the information of the clicked page.

What Browser am I using?

Different computers use different type of browser. Suppose when using a Windows computer, the browser generally used is Internet Explorer whereas in an Apple computer, Safari browser is being used. Though a computer allows installing the Google according to your choice so as to browse the web, but generally all install web browser they are comfortable working with. There must be circumstances where you might be working on an office computer and you don’t have a choice to choose your favorite. In certain cases also it is advice to know which browser you are working with. It is better to know your browser and the version on which you are working. There is a number of web browser available in the market, each of which is built by the different team of development and their development process is different from each other keeping the goal same. Till date there is no standard determined for displaying information on the web. When a website is visited by you, the browser gets a list from the website and also tells them where to place the items.

It also happens sometimes that the browser is not able to place the items properly as the web developers would have expected. This leads to confusion and thus makes the website working improperly. The developers of the website make every possible attempt so that the website works well in each and every browser. They do undergo a testing part before the release of the website. You must have often seen websites telling bug report or error or something unusual, that means the developer had missed some instruction to code. This is where it is needed to know the browser or the version of the browser that is being used. Also it is important to know the browser and the version of the browser that you are using for the fact of updating the browser.

What is my Browser?

By now you must have understood that it is very essential to know the browser that you are working on and also the current version of the browser. If you are confused as from where to find such a tool which can provide you information about the browser then there are a hundred of such sites on the search engine that can let you know about the browser you are using, its current version with details like your OS and the User Agent.


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