Supported Browsers & Platforms

Off on a Tangent is designed for a viewport width of at least 320dp.

Desktop and laptop browsers are tested using Apple MacOS 11.4, Google Chrome OS 90, Haiku R1/beta2, Linux Mint 20.1, and Microsoft Windows 10 (21H1). Tablet browsers are tested using Apple iPad OS 14.5, Google Android 11.0, Google Chrome OS 90, and Microsoft Windows 10 (21H1). Smartphone browsers are tested using Apple iOS 14.5 and Google Android 11.0. Limited support (lo-fi) browsers are tested in the above listed desktop and laptop operating systems and FreeDOS 1.2.

The most recent version of each of the browsers listed below is officially supported. If you have any trouble using the site in a supported browser, please let me know! The site should work properly in almost any recent Blink, Gecko, or Webkit-based browser.

Desktop Browsers

Tablet Browsers

  • Chrome (Android, Chrome, iPad OS, Windows)
  • Edge (Android, iPad OS, Windows)
  • Firefox (Android, iPad OS, Windows)
  • Opera (Android, iPad OS, Windows)
  • Safari (iPad OS)
  • Vivaldi (Android, Windows)

Smartphone Browsers

Lo-Fi Browsers
(it works, but it’s not pretty!)

  • Arachne (DOS)
  • Links (DOS, Haiku, Linux, Mac, Windows)
  • Lynx (DOS, Haiku, Linux, Mac, Windows)
  • Netsurf (Haiku, Linux, Mac, Windows)

Core and Libraries


  • DreamHostHosting and domain registration services by DreamHost.
  • Apache HTTP ServerThe web server software that underpins both my development and production environments is the open source (Apache License) Apache HTTP Server.
  • PHP Hypertext PreprocessorThe scripting language that powers WordPress and WordPress plugins, as well as my custom application code, is the open source (PHP License) PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.
  • Oracle MySQLThe database technology that powers WordPress is the open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) Oracle MySQL server.

Design and Development

  • Adobe Creative CloudGraphics and design work for Off on a Tangent happens in the various proprietary Adobe creative applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and many others (depending on the specific task).
  • Git Version ControlI maintain my code-bases in Git, an open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) version control system. It keeps all my code in line and makes sure I can roll-back my occasional catastrophic errors.
  • Google ChromeWhile developing this site, I do most of my initial development testing in Google’s Chrome web browser, which is based on the open source (BSD License) Chromium browser.
  • JetBrains PhpStormI do most of my coding in HTML, JavaScript, and PHP in JetBrains PhpStorm, a well-regarded proprietary integrated development environment based on JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA.
  • Mantis Bug TrackerI track bugs, development goals, and more using the open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) Mantis Bug Tracker system, which I also use to track my other development projects.

Standardization and Evaluation


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