For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to get a reasonable setup for testing Internet Explorer on my Mac. With the recent release of IE 8 RC1, I thought it might be a good time to revisit my browser testing setup.
I use an Apple Macbook (the black one) with OS X 10.5 and 4GB of RAM as my sole machine. With my Mac I should be able create a reasonable setup to test all major web browsers. I’m less interested in testing all OS and browser combinations simply because that seems unreasonable for most projects.
Operating System and Browser Testing Combinations
The following is the list of OS and browser combinations I want to be able to test; each OS has browsers listed in the order of which I care most about supporting:
- OS X 10.5
- Firefox 3
- Safari 3
- Windows XP
- IE 7
- IE 8
- Firefox 3
- IE 6
- Firefox 2
Developing on a Mac, I’m always running things in OS X 10.5 / Firefox 3, making the combination always supported. I will also occasionally checkout how Safari 3 is doing while developing, although it’s usually fine.
When in browser testing mode (not developing new features) I’ll run through the Windows XP / Firefox 3 and Windows XP / Firefox 2 combinations; mainly to checkout how the font-renderings are holding up in Windows.
I feel that I’ve found a testing setup that will allow me to carry out my browser testing process much easier than I could in the past.