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Web Browser

Web BrowserThe role of a web browser

A web browser is a software program which allows the user to request and retrieve web pages (and other resources) from a webserver on the world wide web.

Web browsers interpret (convert) the HTML code from the retrieved webpage and display it to the user in a format they can understand.

The browser has to manage a range of protocols to do this.

Typical features of a web browser

  • Bookmarks – to save the address of your favourite websites
  • Back button – to go back to the previous page you viewed
  • History – to access a list of pages you historically visited
  • Multiple tabs/windows – the ability to view multiple pages at once in different tabs
  • Page refresh – make the page refresh by reloading it
  • Home page – the ability to choose the initial website that loads when you open the browser
  • Address bar – a place to directly type in the URL, if you know it

Examples of web browser software

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer
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