Mozilla's Global Usage Share Now at 1.6 Percent

Sunday July 27th, 2003

thelem writes: " have released their latest browser usage data. It's as expected, IE6 has made big gains at the expense of IE5, Netscape 4 has made losses and Mozilla and Safari have made gains." thelem adds that IE now has a global usage share of 95.4% (up 0.1 percentage points since February), Mozilla 1.6% (up 0.4 percentage points), Netscape Navigator 4.x 0.6% (down 0.4 percentage points), Opera 6.0 0.6% (down 0.1 percentage points) and Safari 0.25% (up 0.14 percentage points). "These figures show similar trends to those being reported by, although puts mozilla usage at around 2.2%."

#23 ...and sometimes it's laziness and ignorance.

by rzaakir

Monday July 28th, 2003 5:00 AM

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First of all, there are few <strong>practical</strong> things that you can do in IE only that can't be painlessly implemented across platforms. This build time percentage difference is not as large as many people like to make it out to be. If the site is properly designed according to standards, it will gracefully degrade into any web browser. Developers just have to lose the attitude that your website will have to look precisely the same in all web browsers.

The problem is that a lot of developers are either behind the curve or too lazy to figure out how to do these things. This handcuffs their operations when they get a large client who has a lot of Mac or UNIX systems. There are a gazillion reasons to not design exclusively for IE, and over the next few years, the people with the mentality outlined in the parent will learn them the hard way.