[thelist] Installing browsers for testing?

Paul Bennett Paul.Bennett at wcc.govt.nz
Sun Nov 5 20:14:39 CST 2006

Hi Micky,

If you can get hold of a pre-release version of Firefox 2, you can run it alongside any earlier versions of Firefox you have.
Additionally, you can select a different install directory for each FF version (if you select 'custom' as the setup option) and have the installs not  conflict. I've just done this now and FF 1.0.3 and FF2.0 can run without conflict (just don't try and run them both at once)

I've also had good experiences with the standalone versions of IE5 and 5.5 from the evolt browser archive.

As for IE7, I found the standalone way too buggy (I was using beta 3) and limited in it's feature set, so we're running the full version on a spare xp machine.

Also, multiple versions of Opera can run without hassle on the same machine.

With this as a base, you should be able to get the following "test suite" on windows:
Opera (almost all versions)
FF (almost all versions)
IE (5, 5.5, 6)
Netscape 4.x, 6.x, 8   

Oh, and a handy copy of Lynx :)


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From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Micky Hulse
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2006 2:52 PM
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Subject: [thelist] Installing browsers for testing?


I have seen a few different sites that talk about installing multiple 
versions of IE[01], and Firefox[02]... all seem a bit of work and 
obviously hackish... but if that is what it takes, I am willing to give 
it a shot.

Anyway, what do you do to test on older versions of IE/Firefox/other 
browsers/platforms (besides online services like browsercam.com)?

Actually, I am really curious to know your full setup for testing... 
What do you have installed and how did you go about setting things up?

I just upgraded to IE7 via automatic updates and was planning on 
installing the stand-alone version as described via link [01] below.

Any advice, input, and/or experience you can share would be great. I 
just want to make sure that I go about this right without messing-up my 



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