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11. Browsers > Types of Browsers

Types of Browsers

There are a lot of browsers, but only a few are widely used. See http://www.boutell.com/openfaq/browsers/ for a comprehensive list and http://www.cen.uiuc.edu/bstats/latest.html for statistics on market share. The following browsers are distinguished either by their market share or their features.

Netscape

Netscape Navigator, usually just called “Netscape,” was the first commercial browser, but it has been losing ground to Internet Explorer. Netscape 4 was a major overhaul of Netscape 3, and Netscape 6 has a complete rewrite of Netscape 4, incorporating the new “Gecko” rendering engine. Netscape 1.0 and later versions all have persistent connection ability, but use it via a


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