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A web browser is a piece of software that is used to view and download the content of webpages. It translates the HTML [HTML: HyperText Mark-up Language - a mark-up language used to code webpages. ] pages to display various types of files such as text, audio, video and graphics. There is a common standard for how this should be done. Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer are the two main browsers that currently dominate the market. They provide users with a graphical interface to explore the web.

Most browsers have standard features, but different web browsers show things in slightly different ways. This is why it is always important to test your webpages and graphics in more than one browser, to ensure the end user sees what you want them to see.

Visually impaired users can use text-only web browsers such as Lynx. This type of browser displays only text and no images. You can provide a text description of all the images you use in your webpages in the image tags in your HTML [HTML: HyperText Mark-up Language - a mark-up language used to code webpages. ]. This ensures that visually impaired users are aware of the point of the image.

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