Cross Browser Compatibility Testing is a process in which we test end-user experience with the web application on different types of browsers installed on different operating systems. For example, testing web application on Firefox browser installed on Windows , Linux operating system etc. Furthermore, checking functionality of web application on different browser versions and screen resolutions.
On the other hand, Cross browser compatibility term refers to the ability of a web application to support different web browsers. It is to support that allows web application to be properly rendered by major web browsers.
Usually we test the major functionality, Look & Feel etc. in this testing. The major aspect of this type of testing is to demonstrate that the application behaves and responds the same way across multiple Browsers, devices and different screen resolutions.
Advantages of Cross browser Testing
Compatibility Testing on multiple browsers and on multiple platforms is impossible without proper resources and strategy. However there are tools that let us test our website, and check its functionality across different browsers, platforms and resolutions.
Technically speaking we get myriad number of permutations and combinations to test the compatibility. We have different version of Browsers x Different Version of OS x Service packs x Desktop vs Mobile etc.
The major challenge in Browser compatibility testing is hardware, cost and the maintenance. Cloud based cross browser testing is effective and removes all the hardware costs. Like in-house enterprise QA lab, local grids and nodes, VM’s, ghost machines, maintenance nightmares associated with them etc. for a flexible pricing models. Furthermore, the advantages of Cloud based testing are numerous.
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