The 5 main browsers that are used to surf the internet today are Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and IE (internet Explorer). Although the standards of the web are constantly changing and being updated with new technology, each of the browsers interact with the internet diﬀerently. Each browser is constantly being changed and improved to include these new standards of CSS and HTML and as such they can be sorted into a ‘Hero to Zero’ list depending on what they do and don’t include.
First place and the winner for the most overall CSS and HTML5 inclusions is Chrome. Although the latest version does not include as much HTML5 functionality as other browsers, like opera, it includes the most CSS3 & the most widely used HTML5 elements.
Safari is a very close second, with it having only a few less elements then Chrome. This is no surprise as the developers (apple) are constantly pushing their software to be the latest and greatest, providing their users with the best experience possible.
Although opera has been known for being at the forefront of browser tech, with it being one of the ﬁrst to introduce CSS3 and HTML5 elements to is structure, it has fallen behind of late leaving it trailing just behind Firefox for CSS. As it includes a lot more HTML5 elements eg Form attributes and inputs, it sits ﬁrmly above ﬁrefox in 3rd place.
Firefox just scraping ahead of opera for its CSS3 inclusions, it can’t match up to opera for HTML5 and so is relegated to 4th position. This being said it is still the top favourite choice for web designers and developers for its extra web development tools like ﬁrebug that can be added on.
And ﬁnally IE is last place. Although the guys at Microsoft have put a lot of eﬀort into increasing their browsers capability, it’s still lacking when it comes to CSS3 and HTML5 and for that reason it has be placed in last in this list. For web designers and developers, IE is also one of the least preferred to work in as the development tools that come with the program are clunky and at times very unusable.
So, to sum up.
1st place = Chrome
2nd place= Safari
3rd place = Opera
4th place = Firefox
5th place = IE
If you would like to see what each browser supports, the stats used for this blog can be found at http://www.ﬁndmebyip.com/litmus