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Microsoft Windows systems come with Internet Explorer (IE), which is a browser that has a long history of issues and has generally not been standards compliant. Modern versions of IE, like IE9 and IE10, are supposed to be standards compliant, but testing shows that they do not render standards compliant web pages, like NCF's [[Zimbra]] web mail pages, properly, which can cause problems.
 
Microsoft Windows systems come with Internet Explorer (IE), which is a browser that has a long history of issues and has generally not been standards compliant. Modern versions of IE, like IE9 and IE10, are supposed to be standards compliant, but testing shows that they do not render standards compliant web pages, like NCF's [[Zimbra]] web mail pages, properly, which can cause problems.
  
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==Getting a new browser==
 
Rather than use IE, NCF recommends that you use other alternate, standards compliant browsers, all of which are available for free, such as:
 
Rather than use IE, NCF recommends that you use other alternate, standards compliant browsers, all of which are available for free, such as:
  
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*[http://www.opera.com/browser/ Opera] for BSD, Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows
 
*[http://www.opera.com/browser/ Opera] for BSD, Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows
 
*[http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron_download.php SRWare Iron]  for BSD, Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows
 
*[http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron_download.php SRWare Iron]  for BSD, Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows
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==Old browsers==
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Internet standards change over time and browsers are updated regularly. Using older, outdated versions of web browsers is not recommended for several reasons:
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*newer versions usually have fixed identified security issues, meaning that by using older browser versions you could compromise your computer
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*newer browser versions incorporate newer features that show modern web pages properly. For instance older browsers will not support modern [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5 HTML5] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_(programming) Ajax], which makes modern interactive sites, like Zimbra work.
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Use the most up to date version of your favourite browser, that way web pages will work right and you will be more confident that old security vulnerabilities have been addressed.
  
 
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[[Category:Dial-up]]
 
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The Mozilla Firefox 20.0 standards compliant browser showing NCF's Zimbra webmail
The Google Chrome 26 standards compliant browser showing NCF's Zimbra webmail
The Gnome Epiphany 3.4.1 standards compliant browser showing NCF's Zimbra webmail

Internet web pages are usually designed to conform to internationally accepted standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As long as the web page is standards compliant and you use a browser that is also standards compliant then the page will render the way it is supposed to.

These days all operating systems come with web browsers installed, but some are better than others.

Linux and BSD-based operating systems often come with Firefox or Chromium, which are excellent browsers and both standards compliant. Android based systems, which are also Linux, often come with Google Chrome, which is also a very good and standards compliant browser.

Apple products, including iPads and iPhones, usually come with Safari, which is a good standards compliant browser as well.

Microsoft Windows systems come with Internet Explorer (IE), which is a browser that has a long history of issues and has generally not been standards compliant. Modern versions of IE, like IE9 and IE10, are supposed to be standards compliant, but testing shows that they do not render standards compliant web pages, like NCF's Zimbra web mail pages, properly, which can cause problems.

Getting a new browser

Rather than use IE, NCF recommends that you use other alternate, standards compliant browsers, all of which are available for free, such as:

Old browsers

Internet standards change over time and browsers are updated regularly. Using older, outdated versions of web browsers is not recommended for several reasons:

  • newer versions usually have fixed identified security issues, meaning that by using older browser versions you could compromise your computer
  • newer browser versions incorporate newer features that show modern web pages properly. For instance older browsers will not support modern HTML5 or Ajax, which makes modern interactive sites, like Zimbra work.

Use the most up to date version of your favourite browser, that way web pages will work right and you will be more confident that old security vulnerabilities have been addressed.