Netscape had initial market dominance, based on user acceptance. IE gained dominance via distribution with Windows. Such competition fostered both proprietary code and the evolution toward similar user interfaces. As of this writing, Netscape has been discontinued, and the non-profit Mozilla Foundation has continued Netscape concepts into the open source FireFox browser and related applications.

The Safari browser was developed by Apple Inc. for distribution with Mac OS X. It was first released as a public beta in January 2003 and is now available for Windows. It is claimed to be significantly faster than the alternatives.

The Opera browser ranks behind Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Netscape in popularity. It is now free for personal use. Some of its security concepts and other features have influenced development of the other main browsers.

A recent web template was made elastic ("fluid" or "liquid") using the DIV element instead of TABLE for layout and variable font sizes. A floating text box (DIV) was added so that it remained fixed as the user scrolled down through a page. The results looked great in FireFox 2.x, and nearly the same in Opera 9.x and Safari 3.x, except that "fixed" box scrolled in Safari. For Internet Explorer 7.x, the fixed box scrolled, spacings differed, text background colors didn't stay with highlighted text, and some menu colors (for active, hover, visited links) were totally screwed up. In other words, IE 7, supposedly free of bugs found in prior releases, is not usable for this design template.

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Netscape is a web browser available for both Mac and PC computers. While it was once the most popular web browser available, Netscape's popularity had decreased significantly by 2000. The Netscape browser is no longer being updated, but previous releases are still available for those who wish to install or reinstall the browser.


Download the Netscape browser for Mac by going to the "Releases" page of the Netscape Archive website. You can find the link in "Resources" below. Click on the "Netscape English" Mac OS X release.

Double-click on the downloaded disk image to open it. Select "Accept" to agree to the license agreement.

Reinstall Netscape by dragging the Netscape icon from the disk image to the applications folder and allowing it to copy to that location.

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Updates on Netscape can be set to install automatically to save you a lot of time. Even though Netscape 8.1.2 is a stand-alone installation, meaning that this new version won't install straight with automatic updates, you can be sure that updates will continue to increase the effectiveness of your Web browser.


Sign up for an Important Netscape Automatic Update

Go to Netscape's Web page (see Resources below).

Click on 'Tools' in the menu and then click on 'Options.'

Click on the panel marked 'Advanced.'

Click the 'Browser Update' panel and select your automatic updates choice from the radio buttons.

Click 'OK.'

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