From Latin navigator, browser is an adjective that refers to that or that which navigates. Navigate, on the other hand, is a verb that indicates the act of traveling in a boat or scroll through a computer network.
The term, therefore, has two main uses: one linked to traditional navigation (that is, to transfers through rivers, seas or lakes) and another related to virtual networks, being Internet the most widely known.
The person specialized in the control of boats and other means of water transport is known as a navigator or navigator. In this case, the notion also applies to air navigator, who is the professional in charge of guiding the planes through various methods.
In the field of technology, a browser or Web navigator is a computer program that allows you to view the information contained in a web page, whether hosted on the Internet or on a local server.
A web browser has the tools necessary to interpret the code of a page, which may consist of one or more programming languages, and present the content on the screen in such a way that the user can interact with the information and navigate to other pages through links (also known as hyperlinks or links). In the early 90s, these Applications they were developed exclusively for computers, since they were the only devices with the necessary infrastructure to run them, but this has changed dramatically in recent times.
Over the years, more and more everyday appliances have evolved to be able to perform many of the tasks that in the past were reserved for computers. Nowadays, both a mobile phone, a video game console (be it portable or home) or even a photo camera can connect to the Network. This does not mean, it is worth clarifying, that all of them present an equivalent performance or that they offer the same possibilities.
The compatibility between functions offered by different browsers is usually the nightmare from any developer, since the same code can generate different results, depending on the application used to display a page. For example, to achieve a color gradient effect (widely used for the design of buttons and other elements of a web form) it is essential to have at least two versions of the same code so that all browsers understand it.
Something similar happens with the rounded edges of the frames, something that not all browsers can display. Also within this line, for embed (technical term used synonymously with include) a video on a page, not only is it necessary to develop several different codes, but there must be many versions of the same movie, each one in a Format different. The three most popular video encoding standards are H.264, Ogg Theora, and VP8 (WebM); each browser has a preference for one or the other, and in more than one case the compatibility with any of them is null.
Mobile device browsers generally do not allow the playback of files from Flash, which mainly affects YouTube content. However, recently Google (the developer of the aforementioned famous video channel) began experimenting with the language HTML5, considered by many the inevitable successor to Flash.
A GPS naviganator (Global Positioning System or Global Positioning System) is a device that allows you to locate points on a digital map, linked to a database. These systems usually have information on the streets of a city: the user, therefore, can use a GPS navigator to make queries that guide him along a route.