Cross browser, cross operating system testing is a costly and tedious task. Most often we test our web application on the Internet Explorer and Fire Fox installed on our machine and hope for the best. In big projects with rigid compliance requirements we test the major operating systems (Apple, Windows and sometimes a popular Linux distribution) with the major Browsers. The underline assumption is that this covers 99.x% of the population and we are happy with that. But what if we could, without additional cost, see how our web site looks like in many operating systems and multiple browsers?
Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server.
here is how you set your web address and the OS and browsers list:
I gave it a go and here is how my site looks like:
In Firefox 18.104.22.168 / Ubuntu 8.04:
And I might have a little problem in Debian:
And so on and so forth. It is a good tool to provide you with indicative testing (AKA smoke/sanity testing) and it is free!
What do you think? Should I fix the Debian problem? should I change my site’s UI?