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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?
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.
Internet Explorer 74.53%
As for which browsers to support it should be 100% based on your own traffic.
Although our sites all seem to work fine in IE8, I have seen a few sites that do not.