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%."

#32 Sometimes it comes down to false economics ...

by Mark_Watkins <>

Monday July 28th, 2003 9:27 AM

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It's called a false economy. As far as I can tell from the various standards redesigns which have gone on (e.g., etc...) the average page size drops and the page is easier for Google et al to index (I could have sworn I read something to that effect at anyway, can't find it now though...).

To put it another way: If you design for the standards (XHTML,CSS) you design for all browsers, and by proper use of standards you save money on bandwidth (you need to spend less on pipes and web servers) and increase you business visibility (through better search engine categorising).

If what I've said so far is accurate then those companies shoving out IE-specific designs are doing themselves a grave injury.

N.B. I am changing this from an argument about supporting Mozilla/Opera/Safari vs IE to an argument about supporting standards - the browser support is then implied (pages written for standards will display in NS4.x and be perfectly usable, they just might not be pretty).

Another argument: I find using Mozilla and DOM Inspector, JS Console and JS Debugger when designing pages speeds up the development process, and all the developers I've shown these tools to find them useful too. Faster development is money saved hence developing with IE only is a false economy. Admittedly I'm talking about coding HTML by hand, developers using WYSIWYG environments aren't going to worry about that sort of thing.

Of course on Mozillazine we're preaching to the converted...