A program that takes files written in HTML and translates it into something you can view. The most common browsers are Netscape, Internet Explorer, Opera, and the text-only Lynx.

Netscape and Internet Explorer compete head to head, causing the United State's Department of Justice to sue Microsoft

brown-paper-bag bug = B = BRS

browser n.

A program specifically designed to help users view and navigate hypertext, on-line documentation, or a database. While this general sense has been present in jargon for a long time, the proliferation of browsers for the World Wide Web after 1992 has made it much more popular and provided a central or default meaning of the word previously lacking in hacker usage. Nowadays, if someone mentions using a `browser' without qualification, one may assume it is a Web browser.

--Jargon File, autonoded by rescdsk.

Brows"er (?), n.

An animal that browses.

 

© Webster 1913.

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