Browser notes is a Wikipedia page aimed at helping contributors and readers learn of issues with various web browsers. There is no perfect browser for viewing Wikipedia.

Please list the pros and cons of particular browsers for viewing and editing Wikipedia articles. Limit your contributions to practical drawbacks and actual experiences with various browsers in interaction with Wikipedia. If you wish to report a bug to do with Wikipedia's interaction with a browser, see Wikipedia:Bug reports and feature requests.

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Please change the order of the browsers to place the Consensus Best Browser first on the list for each platform and continue in order of preference. Keep comments brief.

Most browsers support a direct interface for searching Wikipedia. See Help:Searching for more information.

Firefox and Gecko-based browsers

Browsers on Microsoft Windows

Google Chrome and Chromium

Opera

Internet Explorer and MSHTML-based browsers

Old versions of IE demonstrate poor support of relatively recent (e.g., post-1999) W3C Web standards, but are still in use. As a result, certain elements may not look or work exactly right, although generally a workaround of some kind is implemented server-side if possible. Among the most visible issues are:

Browsers on macOS

Safari

OmniWeb 4.5+

OmniWeb is no longer maintained, but is still available for download.

Shiira

Also has been discontinued.

Google Chrome

Firefox

UNIX/Linux browsers

Konqueror

Dillo

Console and text-based web browsers

Warning: Many console browsers will convert text in edit boxes to the encoding in use by your terminal (or what the browser thinks is your terminal's encoding which may not be the same thing) either at page load time (links and lynx) or when editing a field (w3m). If your terminal encoding is UTF-8 this is not a problem but if your terminal is using a legacy encoding (or is using UTF-8 but your browser thinks it's using a legacy encoding) then this is likely to destroy characters that are not present in the encoding your terminal is using when you save the page after editing.

ELinks

user.css
/*
1. place in ~/.elinks
2. set user css to be "user.css" (no path, relative to ~/.elinks)
3. use document colors: use 1 or 2
*/

.diffchange {
	color: red;
	font-weight: bold;
}

.diff-deletedline {
	color: green;
}

.diff-addedline {
	color: cyan;
}

a.new {
	color: cyan;
	font-weight: bold;
}
hooks.lua
--[[
lua preformatting function 

1. lua has to be installed before compiling elinks; if this
   is the case, it is used by default
2. place this file in ~/.elinks

this file does:

show <del> and <ins> element, make <s> more evident

preformatting for wikipedia pages: since elinks ignores the
class attribute of <td> tags, we move it into the inner
<div> element

]]

testing=false

function pre_format_html_hook (url, html) 
  -- formatting for <s> <del> <ins>
  html = string.gsub(html, '<[sS]>', '<s>[S:')
  html = string.gsub(html, '</[sS]>', ':S]</s>')
  html = string.gsub(html, '<[dD][eE][lL]>', '<s>[DEL:')
  html = string.gsub(html, '</[dD][eE][lL]>', ':DEL]</s>')
  html = string.gsub(html, '<[iI][nN][sS]>', '<s>[INS:')
  html = string.gsub(html, '</[iI][nN][sS]>', ':INS]</s>')

  -- diff-addedline and diff-deletedline classes
  if string.find(url, "diff=", 1, 1) or testing then
    html = string.gsub(html, '<td class="diff[-]addedline"><div>',
                             '<td><div class="diff-addedline">')
    html = string.gsub(html, '<td class="diff[-]deletedline"><div>',
                             '<td><div class="diff-deletedline">')
  end

  return html
end

Links

Lynx

PDA & cell phone browsers

See: Wikipedia:Wikipedia on PDAs and Help:Mobile access.

Browser add-ons & proxies

Ad-busters

Opera kiosk mode filtering

Atguard, Norton Internet Security, WebWasher

Adblock Filterset.G Updater

Unwanted effects

Some browser extensions are not fully compatible with Wikipedia or may have unwanted effects. Some extensions add text like when editing <div class="myEventWatcherDiv">, QuickiWiki Look Up or <a class="ktg6us78hf8vdu7" href="javascript:void(0)">. Most of these are detected by Edit Filter 345 which issues a warning message.

Dictionary of Numbers

WikiTweak

StumbleUpon

Skype

If you find the Skype icon in an unexpected place, like in this image, your browser is likely misinterpreting a set of numbers as a phone number.
If you find the Skype icon in an unexpected place, like in this image, your browser is likely misinterpreting a set of numbers as a phone number.

Web filtering

Displaying ads

File page bypassing

Search plugins

Plugins that can be used to search Wikipedia more easily.

Textarea tools

Lynx

Konqueror

Safari

OmniWeb

Internet Explorer

Opera

Mozilla and Firefox

Safari

Old and discontinued browsers

NCSA MOSAIC

The latest version (3.0 from 1997) of NCSA MOSAIC will not load Wikimedia pages due to lack of support for the HTTP 1.1 host header system.

NetPositive

NetPositive ran only on BeOS. Not all elements of the CSS recognized, though still fairly functional. NetPositive has issues with some HTML entities on repeated editing (replacing entities by the character glyph), so be careful.

Netscape

The very old Netscape Navigator, cannot edit long pages. See Wikipedia:Article size.

On Unix in version 4.x: Problems with <div> marked images; sometimes crashes when one writes a new article or heavily edits an existing one.

On Mac OS in version 4.5: overlapping text and quick bar under cologne blue settings, may add weird space in text; some encoding issues.

Internet Explorer for Mac

Internet Explorer for Mac OS X runs only on classic Mac OS.

Opera on Mac OS

iCab on Mac OS

Side toolbar appears in wrong location (below any main text).

Old Firefox

Prior to Firefox 2, the find-as-you-type text search ignored the edit window. Bugzilla@Mozilla bug 189309 documents the issue, which does not occur in the newer version, Firefox 3.

Prior to Firefox 3, when editing, Firefox changed all non-breaking spaces (hexadecimal 0xA0) to breakable spaces (hexadecimal 0x20). Bugzilla@Mozilla bug 218277 documents the issue, which does not occur in the newer version, Firefox 3.

Safari on Windows

Safari on Windows renders fonts using its own algorithm that yields results differing slightly from the native Windows font renderer.[1]

Palm OS 5.4.5/Blazer 4.0/PalmOne Treo 650

Default settings

Cologne Blue

User installed style-sheets

#column-content {
    margin: 0 0 0 0;
    line-height: 1em;
    float: none;
}
#content {
    margin: 0.0em 0 0 0; /* Change the 0.0em to 2.8em to make */
                         /* extra white space at the top of a wiki page */
                         /* The 0.0em causes the tab buttons at */
                         /* the top ("edit this page", etc) to disappear */
                         /* on gecko based browsers. In such a situation hit */
                         /* "alt+shift+e" to edit this page */
    line-height: 1em;
    padding: 0 0 0 0.2em;
}
/* Something about the above two sets of lines makes all content flow */
/* linearly down the page */
#column-one {
    padding-top: 0px;
    line-height: 1em;
}
#p-logo {
    position: relative;
}
#globalWrapper {
    font-size: 100%; /* Sets all fonts to normal size */
    line-height: 1em;
}
#contentSub {
    font-size: 100%; /* Sets all fonts to normal size */
    margin: 0 0 0 0; /* Removes margins */
    line-height: 1em;
    color: #FFFFFF; /* Sets the background to white */
}

ul, ol, li, dt, dd, p, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 {
    line-height: 1em;
} /* Packs lines nicely*/

div.tright, div.tleft {
    border-width: 0 0 0 0;
    line-height: 1em;
    padding: 0 0 0 0;
} /* Shrinks thumb picture frames as much as possible. */

div.thumb div div.thumbcaption {
    line-height: 1em;
    padding: 0 0 0 0;
} /* Shrinks thumb picture frames as much as possible. */
Rendering of the beginning of an article using custom user.css.
Rendering of the beginning of an article using custom user.css.
Contents section (list items) rendering using custom user.css.
Contents section (list items) rendering using custom user.css.
Inline article image rendering using custom user.css.
Inline article image rendering using custom user.css.
Regular paragraph rendering using custom user.css.
Regular paragraph rendering using custom user.css.

See also

References

External links