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Reference: Internet-Browsers

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A Browser is a program that lets you look at and interact with information provided at World Wide Web Sites. Web browsers use the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http) to make requests of these Sites throughout the Internet on your behalf. Generally, you cannot look at information on the World Wide Web without a browser. In other words, if you can look at a Site, you are most likely using a browser. As of January 2005, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) is the most widely known and commonly used browser for viewing web sites.

The "Client" side of a communication refers to the operations managed by your Browser. The "Server" side of the communication refers to the functions or programs running in the computer that is sending your Browser the HTML files for display.

We highly recommend you make sure your Browser supports at least the HTML 3.2 standard. If you are running a less capable browser, you'll miss out on some cool features, or may not even be able to see a page at all. According to our traffic, the most popular browser is Microsoft's Internet Explorer-> (by a long way, actually). However, there's certainly those that find Netscape-> a preferable Browser. There's also a small, but vocal portion of the Internet community embracing a Browser known as Opera-> (runs fast, too).

Every Web User has his/her own personal favorite Browser and our industry is certainly filled with speculation and discussion of which one is the best. The folks at RidgeStar are no different. Each of us has a personal favorite, but we have increasingly found ourselves leaning more heavily on Firefox-> (a Mozilla style Browser available under the Open Source->initiative).

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