When creating a web site, the web designer has a purpose in mind. The appearance and the content of the web site contribute to the purpose. Optimization of a website for particular web browser is an essential component of website design.
Each browser has its own coding that interacts with the web site codes and enables the website to be viewed on the browser. Cross browser issues can occur when a website is only optimized for selected browsers. A visitor opening up a website on an unsupported browser may find that the content on the page does not load and cannot be viewed, or if viewed may appear distorted or with some content missing or impossible to read.
Web design involves understanding these coding variations and requirements and working to achieve consistency across all platforms to ensure that all consumers view the same website content and appearance regardless of their preferred browser choice. Most webpage design software packages include features that enable the web site to be viewed offline as it will appear online regardless of the browser used to view it or the operating system that designed it.
Web designers who don’t use software coding programs can check their own coding using a variety of download options available from free or share ware sources This process, known as rendering, ensures that a web page can be viewed on different browsers prior to uploading and the website becoming searchable by customers using their favorite browser.
Knowledge of html, xhtml and java script is essential to optimizing the website for all browsers. Browsers read the instructions embedded in the website code and display their interpretation of the commands.