|Browsers To Support?|
A post I made here got me thinking of something. What browsers do everyone try to support? I know IE 6 has a bad reputation, but is there any common list of usage distribution (e.g. 50% of people use IE 7, 30 % use Firefox, 5% use IE 6 etc.).
I've always been of the school of thought that you should look forward and try to please as many people as you can without creating a maintenance nightmare... if this means not supporting older browsers then that is an acceptable risk. Right now i test against IE 7, Firefox, Google. Just wondering what others do?
I build with
- FireFox 3 (latest, mac)
I test with
- Opera (latest, mac), Safari, (latest, mac)
- IE6 (the real one, windows virtual machine)
- IE7 (the real one, windows virtual machine)
Every once in a while I open things with IE8beta2, but as long as it's in beta I don't care that much about it as I can;t code for it anyway (it still does have some oddities)
Chrome and Safari share a rendering engine, so I expect little to no trouble with it.
I don't care all that much for IE < 6 as I can't test it anyway.
From my statistics (google analytics) on my most popular site, last 30 days visits (so not hits, just visitors):
If I look at OSes:
Browser usage stats will vary greatly depending on your website's target audience. For example if your site is aimed at mom and pops, you could get 90% IE. Targeting webmasters would probably get you 40% IE and 40 % FFox and 20 other. Try google for 'browser usage stats' should give you the information you need.
Awesome... thanks for the info! I've spent most of my career server-side dev... moving into web dev and css... so interesting to learn all of this!
Ah yes should have added that that site is a travel related one, so it's attracting a broad section of the population out there.
Cool. Just ran my site in IE 6... whoohoo! Looks same... I had to fix a margin in 1 spot only. :)
Thanks again for the input everyone!
Detailed stats for browsers.
Interesting to see that the html side has a similar thread going:
The W3C stats are not really typical, as it tends to draw a much more internet techie type crowd.
But then again, no site is "typical" unless it is something totally generic, like a search engine.
This pretty much stays the same (within 1% for any given browser) no matter what timeframe I use over the past year.
Internet Explorer 74.53%
As for which browsers to support it should be 100% based on your own traffic.
Skip all that entirely. Write for the w3c validator [w3.org] and then check in IE7, Opera, FF, and Safari...done. Browser stats are extremely skewed in one direction or another.
I would suggest also testingin IE8. (which might be tricky, since IE8 is still only officially beta 2).
Although our sites all seem to work fine in IE8, I have seen a few sites that do not.