While Google may have the world’s most well-used search engine and the most popular browser, it still has to play ball with countless other tech companies that surf the web. The most prominent of them is Microsoft. Among many factors that create tensions with developers, problems concerning compatibility between browsers are right up there. This woe seems, thankfully, on the cusp of change.

Microsoft and Google, two gargantuan and powerful tech companies, have joined forces to try and improve browser compatibility. This initiative, referred to as #Compat2021, will also partnerships with Igalia, a major software consulting firm. That’s not to mention countless other independent developers and communities. The goal all revolves around CSS or Cascading Style Sheets.

What’re Their Plans?

This working group will see the folks behind the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers solve a crucial stumbling block together. In addition to #Compat2021, they’ll also work towards helping to improve one another’s browsers. This includes ironing out bugs, and cross-sharing results. But back to CSS, as Google, Microsoft & Co. will focus on a select few CSS modules for compatibility…s

CSS Flexbox – Optimising user interface configuration, and layout of in-web items.

CSS Grid – Diving a page into sections, and setting up where it goes or how it looks, etc.

CSS Position (Sticky) – Sticky positioning of UI items, a hybrid between relative and fixed positions.

CSS Aspect-Ratio Property – Defining an ideal or preferred aspect ratio.

CSS Transforms – For rotation, scaling, translation, or skewing elements on a page.