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Chapter 16. The Internet > Browsers for Mac OS X

Browsers for Mac OS X

Though Microsoft’s Internet Explorer owns most of the Web browser market, sometimes you get what you pay for, and Internet Explorer is free. I personally find it to be a monolithic, inelegant browser. I prefer to use browsers that were specially designed for the Mac OS X platform, which take better advantage of its features and have a better look and feel. You may disagree, in which case you’re in luck, because Internet Explorer comes with every Mac OS X system.

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Many Web designers create Web sites that check what type of browser they are being viewed with so that they can take advantage of those browsers’capabilities. Unfortunately, they often recognize only AOL’s Netscape and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. For this reason, upstart browsers such as iCab, OmniWeb, and Opera usually offer the option to identify themselves as other browsers. As long as they support all the same features as the browser they are pretending to be—and that’s usually the case—this gives you the best of both worlds. You get to use your browser of choice while not losing any customized browser capabilities.


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