Browser Testing is Web Designing

June 9, 2017

There’s a feeling in the web design community that is along the lines of, “if the user doesn’t have the most up-to-date browser version — that ain’t my fault.” And, they leave them in the dust to deal with terrible website experiences.

I get it. It sucks trying to accomodate lame, out-dated browsers. As a working web designer, it’s tough trying to make the majority happy (especially with design), but this instance I feel is a requirement.

Know Your Users, or Lose

Would you think that you could waltz into a room and force people to do as you say, even if it was good for them. Maybe. What probably would happen is that you would get some that comply, and some that would yell, scream, and give you a tough time. It’s human nature. We like options.

We, as web designers, must give our users options because sometimes our users are unable to comply. Unable to have the most up-to-date browser version. Unable to have high-speed internet. Unable to have the latest phone. But, we must empathetic and try our best to include them if, and only if, they are part of the majority of our users.

Don’t be a jerk. Make it work .

Test, Test, and Test Again

Here at Hunter Engineering, we’re learning that even when we think our i’s are dotted and our t’s are crossed, we’ve got to spellcheck again — just to make sure. And, more often than not, we’ll find something that can be improved or an all-out bug.

Now, don’t spend so much time where you are unable to move forward with additional features and improvements, but don’t be a jerk. Make it work — for as many as logical.

Today, we decided to compensate our code and design to work for all browsers and devices over the last five years. That’s a long time in the digital space, but we’re up for the challenge.