The Web Browser Information Project
June 1999 - June 2000

Browser List Preamble

About

This was the original preamble text that was written when the browser list was developed in 1999.

The Text

Overview
Viewing this List on the Web
Only Known Information about Browsers can be Included
What is Considered a Web Browser
Listed Browsers Must Be Available as English Versions
Availability of this List
List Maintenance
Development History of this List
Possible Future List Development Directions
Special Thanks to
The Usual Legal Junk

Overview

Here is a list of current world wide web browsers. This list is maintained so that people can see what other alternatives are available to the mainstream browsers. The goal of this page is to become the definitive list for web browsers on the web. Hopefully it will soon become an Internet-wide resource. This list is permenantly located at this URL.

Viewing this List on the Web

This page is best viewed at a high resolution in a graphical browser (1280x1024 or greater). However, it can be viewed at resolutions of 800x600 and 1024x768 without too much difficulty. (640x480 would just be painful!) Unfortunately, due to the number of operating systems there was no other way to do it. (Though possible to view it under Lynx, browsing this page on a VT100 terminal (25x80 or 25x132) would be almost pointless due to the size of this page.) This page uses tables; if your browser does not support tables, this page will not make very much sense.

Only Known Information about Browsers can be Included

Only web browsers known at the time of writing are included.

PLEASE NOTE: These are the browsers that I have heard of. If you know of another browser, please let me know and I will add it to this page. It will take a while to build up this list, which was started on July 29, 1999.

June 2000: Development of this list has stopped no additional browsers will be added. Please do not attempt to contact the author.

What is Considered a Web Browser

Any program that can view HTML formatted text files, either via access to a filesystem or via a TCP/IP network using the http protocol.

For network use, a web browser is a client for viewing pages using the http protocol.

This list does not include other clients for things such as:WAIS, gopher, ftp, IRC, etc. unless they happen to be bundled with what is primarily a web browser.

Browsers whose primary purpose is to view 2 dimensional HTML documents are only listed. VRML browsers, and other such 3 dimesional browsers, are not part of this list.

For this list, software that whose purpose is to create and edit web pages (web editors) that have a preview-mode or mini-browser in them, are not considered web browsers. The main reason is that these software tools are used by webmasters to develop web pages, and not by the general public to surf the web. However, if I am told about a web editor, I will add it to this list. It is the same story for mail and news clients that will read HTML-encoded messages--I don't seek them out, but if someone sends me information about one, I will include it.

The focus of this list is web browsers for notebook, laptop, desktop, mini-tower, workstation and large computers. The focus is not for palmtop or hand-held computers. However, if people send me in browsers for hand-helds and/or palm tops I will list them in their own category. This is not the focus of the list, so not much work is done to make sure that it is complete or detailed.

Web Browsers in this List Must be Available in English Versions

All web browsers listed here must be be available in an English Language version. If a browser is available in multiple languages, it is indicated as such. However, if someone specifically tells me about a foriegn language browser I may include it.

Availability of this List

The browser list will soon be available at the URL:
http://www.browserlist.browser.org

This list is available only as a web page in HTML 2.0 format. This page is written in standard Canadian English. This list currently does not have any mirrors, and there is currently no plan to make mirrors available.

List Maintenance

This list was last updated: June 18, 2000

The only maintainence done on this list is to check it once a year to make sure that it is still up and running.

This site was developed by Graham Nasby while he was studying Engineering Systems and Computing at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The list was actively worked on from 1999-2000. Graham still maintains a personal website at www.grahamnasby.com.

Development History of this List

This list was started on August 22, 1999 in the form of a small project webpage on my personal web account.

In late September 2000, the cross-referenced file "Browser List Notes" was added to provide the capibility to include notes about each browser on this list, in the form of cited correspondence. This cross-referenced file is in the form of a companion webpage.

In February 2000 a tabular "Development Status & Development History" section was added for each browser in the "Browlser List Notes" file. This these tabular sections for each browser are still largely vacant, as there has not been sufficient time to research and fill in the information.

In July 2000, the University of Guelph Computer Science Club graciously agreed to host this site. The folks at browser.org also agreed to poin the subdomain browserlist.browser.org to this site to give it a easily remembered URL for the Internet.

This list was located at http://www.uoguelph.ca/~gnasby/projects/web_browser_info/browser_list.html from August 22, 1999. to July 24, 2000. On July 24, 2000 the site was moved to its new permanent location at: http://www.browserlist.browser.org.

The current URL of this project is: www.browserlist.browser.org.

In May 2004, the list was moved from teh Computer Science Club to a an account owned by Graham Nasby for web hosting. Since Graham will be soon finished univeristy, it does not make sense for a university club to host this site any more.

Possible Future List Development Directions

Possibily in the future, this entire resource could be converted to a mySQL database that is entirely accessedusing CGI-based queries/searches that automatically builds webpages of output. Provision could also be made for comments, updates and new entries to be added via CGI-based forms However, this is a MASSIVE undertaking and it is extremely unlikely that this will ever occur.

Special Thanks to:

The author would like to thank the following individuals who have consistantly provided information and have ensured that the information on this list has been kept up to dateand accurate (without nagging incessantly)

The Usual Legal Junk:

This website is provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the author/maintainer/contributor assume(s) no responsibility for error or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of information contained herein.



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