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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 ?

Answer : 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.

Web 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 http://tinyurl.com/28mmpr.

You can 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 http://tinyurl.com/29sbvj.

Commercial software like CrossOver for Mac OS X or Linux ( www.codeweavers.com/products ) may also give you windows-like compatibility with some websites.



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