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Also, if anyone knows of a way to install multiple versions of AOL on one system, that might be helpful, too.
But looking at a medium traffic website (about 10mb of Apache logs per day) I see everything from AOL 4.0 on up almost every time I check for AOL. So there's a lot to take into account, if you care to.
I must admit to being lazy on this issue. I figure if I write basic and valid code, then it's AOL's business to give their customers a decent browser. But I also don't get into very elaborate DHTML or anything like that, and I've yet to have any horrible surprises when I do get around to checking AOL.
I gave up on their image compression a long while ago.
Because the AOL browser was a modified Internet Explorer through version 7.0, I'm guessing that multiple versions on one machine would at least require a hard drive partition, if it's indeed possible at all.
But, hey, I'd love to be proved wrong on that one.
I work for a Web development firm that likes to use some more advanced graphical elements, like DHTML and embedded Flash, for certain projects, so it would be nice to know if there were some good numbers on AOL versions. Your findings about people still using 4.0 don't really surprise me, but it doesn't bode well for us if that really is the case. There must be some concrete stats out there somewhere, right?
Right now for one of our sites we send all AOL users to a stripped-down version of the site, which sort of shafts users who are up-to-date with the latest version.