• Directory of Internet terms
  • Browser — Software that will load and display a web page. A browser interprets the HTML or XML code from the web page files, executes embedded scripts and programs, provides encryption/decryption for security where needed, displays graphics (except text-only browsers), plays music and video, and provides links to related pages. Browsers are based on standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. The major browser software developers participate in these standardss, but each of them also builds in their own proprietary codes, whether or not they are approved. These differences in browsers create a challenge for web page developers. The principle browsers are Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and Chrome. There are also specialized browsers, such as Webbie, which will convert text to speech for the visually impaired.