Web browsing without Windows
Question : How do I get the video and animation to work on
websites when I am not using a computer running Windows or Microsoft's
Internet Explorer browser ?
Different computer systems and web browsers have their own ways of handling
file types. Many website operators do not have the resources, time or
interest to make sure that their content works the same way on the many
types of hardware and software available.
Since Windows and its built-in
Internet Explorer web browser are the dominant combination used by the
greatest number of people around the world, most sites are designed to look
and work best for them.
Before you throw in the towel on a certain
website, try this : Many sites with video or animated content often have
help pages that tell you what software you need to download to see the pages
properly ; check those to see whether you are missing anything.
If a site
does not automatically work, tinkering with browser plug-ins may help.
animation and video are often created in Adobe Flash, and browsers
without the free Flash plug-in cannot see those clips.
The Open Directory
Project has links to many free browsers and plug-ins at
find a bunch of plug-ins for Apple's Safari browser at
http://pimpmysafari.com, and Mozilla
has links to the most common plug-ins for its Firefox browser at
Commercial software like CrossOver for Mac OS X or Linux (
) may also give you windows-like compatibility with some websites.