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Chapter 6. Client Software > Popular Browsers

6.3. Popular 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. The following five browsers are distinguished either by their market share or their features.

6.3.1. Netscape

As of this writing, Netscape Navigator, usually called "Netscape," still has the largest browser market share, but it has been losing ground to Internet Explorer. Netscape 4 was a major overhaul of Netscape 3. Netscape 1.0 and later versions all have persistent connection ability, but use it via a Connection: Keep-Alive header rather than as part of a full implementation of HTTP 1.1. See Chapter 10, for more about HTTP. Netscape exists as native code for Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, Windows, and many other platforms.


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