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How common are Mac browsers?
tedster




msg:589076
 7:24 pm on Aug 18, 2000 (gmt 0)

Most stats I've seen place the Mac OS between 3% and 6% of total surfers. I've always been glad it's that low, because the Mac versions of MSIE and NN are quirky, and that's being polite. They're also the last to be updated.

I've just taken on a client who will be selling fine art from a virtual gallery, and I have a hunch that kind of site might mean a lot more Mac visitors -- and a serious compatibility concern to take into account.

Does anyone have experience with this? How high a percent of Mac browsers might an art oriented site actually see?

 

NFFC




msg:589077
 9:03 pm on Aug 18, 2000 (gmt 0)

Over 4 separate sites [not mine], last 18 months [ish] and fine art / graphics;

Unique 115268

Mac OS 5202

>the Mac versions of MSIE and NN are quirky

You are being very polite. The problem is that a lot of the people who can make or break a site are likely Mac users, Yahoo, Dmoz, magazines, newspapers etc.

tedster




msg:589078
 9:37 pm on Aug 18, 2000 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot. That's just the kind of thing I was looking for.

Your Macintosh numbers are a bit lower than I thought they'd be -- still in line with what I'm seeing on more general interest sites, rather than the 8% - 10% I was contemplating.

However, your point about the "make or break" viewer using a Mac is a big one. It's another reason I'm glad to be getting full time access to a Mac next month.

I have a parallel concern about compatibility for a site that is targeting industrial business customers and may run into Unix browsers. For now, I'm trying to let that worry go, but it still sticks in the back of my mind.

rcjordan




msg:589079
 4:36 pm on Aug 22, 2000 (gmt 0)

>However, your point about the "make or break" viewer using a Mac is a big one.

Tedster, up until the past 12 months or so, I always had a tough time with the Mac crowd being "overly influential" relative to their share of the browser market. To make matters even more difficult, nearly all of my mentors from the first 4 or 5 years were Mac. The Win98-PentiumIII-USB trio finally neutralized them, and they are generally on the defensive now. In fact, most of my mentors have thrown in the towel and purchased a Wintel machine.

Note that this is not meant to start a Mac vs Wintel Superior OS debate, I cede the "superiority" to Mac but award victory by "sheer numbers" to Wintel.

Oh, just wait until your client and/or reviewer is Mac/AOL.

tedster




msg:589080
 6:58 pm on Aug 22, 2000 (gmt 0)

>>Oh, just wait until your client and/or reviewer is Mac/AOL.

I already have one. Her site ended up being pretty vanilla HTML ... it would work on a very old brower. The project was a big education for both of us. She does get good rankings, however, since vanilla is a favorite spider flavor.

The worst story I've had so far (about 6 months ago) was a prospect looking at our portfolio and running AOL3 on WinNT at 16 colors. Never did sign them (a good thing, I think). Never knew our work could look that bad.

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