Web Browser

Web browsers allow you to look at and interact with the World Wide Web (or, if not in a WW setting, with a particular set of documents and pages). Popular web browsers include Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox and Opera.

A web browser displays webpages by communicating with the web server where the requested webpage is held. It then serve up the page, and the coding on the page (usually html) indicates to the browser how the page should be displayed (eg, that a section is bold, or that a particular phrase is the page’s title).

Code for hyperlinks within the page and displayed by the browser make it possible for a user to jump from one page to another, or one website to another, without following a set, linear path.

A page viewed on one web browser could look different on another browser,  due to the way the browser software interprets the coding behind the text (non-standard html code may be interpreted incorrectly by some browsers).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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