Most people don’t know what an internet browser is. Heck, most people use Internet Explorer or Safari for that matter. But it’s all thanks to Google people change their minds. Commercials. Everywhere. This isn’t too bad, but it’s bad for the ‘free browser market’. Other browsers (Firefox, Opera) do not have the budget to advertise on such a large scale (worldwide).
There are around 5 popular browsers.
– Internet Explorer
– Google Chrome
The last one, Opera, introduced version 15. They use Webkit, just like the other zillion other browsers. Why? They are pushed by the market, and their recent change of management did not have a positive effect on the company either. The only popular browsers that do not use Webkit (or a fork) are currently Firefox (Gecko) and Internet Explorer (Trident).
The main feature of Webkit is HTML5. A standard, most people say. But it isn’t actually an official standard for HTML rendering.
Opera had major issues with HTML5, thanks to the CSS prefix ‘-webkit’. Most (popular) websites use either the normal HTML5 CSS (without any prefix, ignored by Webkit browsers), or the prefixed one. And sometimes both, and it will render twice. All because it’s for ‘developers only’, and mostly ignorant people that just use HTML5.
This seems to be a major problem, and something needs to be done about it. The market share of the recent Opera 15 dropped because many features need reprogramming, and are just missing.