What browsers are available for Macintosh systems?
Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer have pretty much
the same features on all of the operating systems for
which they are available. Netscape is locked in a features and market share race with Microsoft Internet Explorer, which surpassed the former in popularity in 1999, and is the default browser in MacOS 8.5 and up.
Netscape Communicator also includes a suite of additional applications for conferencing, reading newsgroups, receiving and sending email and so on (Microsoft provides this separately in Outlook Express). At this time, there are no other browsers for the Macintosh that have quite as many features as these two market leaders, though iCab is catching up.
Opera is a sleek browser, currently in public beta for the MacOS. It offers most of the features of IE and Netscape, but takes less system resources, and has a few neat extra features that IE/Netscape do not have - surch as a "search box" which is always displayed.
Apple Computer's CyberDog is based on Apple's OpenDoc
technology, which is designed to allow programs to be
constructed from reusable components. Although interesting
to those who want to create browsers of their own,
CyberDog is not as full-featured and up to date as the
Microsoft and Netscape products. CyberDog has a small but enthusiastic user base, and many user sites have sprung up since Apple took the official CyberDog site down.
unfinished at present (09/99), iCab looks like it's going to be an excellent browser
. Available in both English and German versions,
for 68K and PPC.
WannaBe is a small, very basic text-only browser for PowerPC and 68k Macs. Its main advantages are its lightning speed and low memory footprint. Still in beta stage (as of 09/99), it already works well for those who want to check web pages very quickly. You can download either the very latest, or a proven stable version. There is a mailing list on which announcements of new versions appear regularly.
Grail is a web browser written in the Python programming
language. Grail supports full HTML 2.0, including images, forms and
imagemaps, and many HTML 3.2 features. It uses asynchronous
document transfer, supports printing and saving documents,
searching, bookmarks, history, and more. It also supports frames,
client-side imagemaps, file upload in forms, support for JPEG,
TIFF and XBM images, image printing, and tables (within the
limitations of the Tk toolkit). Pages can contain applets
written in Python (instead of Java).
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