IE/Netscape Stats from Zvon
Thursday October 7th, 1999
Miloslav Nic writes, "I have an anecdotal evidence about the ratio of Netscape and IE advanced users. If you look at the October statistics of the Zvon tutorials : XSL, XML, CSS, Perl it gives the ratio Netscape 58 : IE 42. These tutorials are used by people who are interested in the newest web developments and who are therefore more picky about the browser they use than an average user. So even today's Netscape 4 is preferred by many power users to IE5. And NC4 is definitively not a software pearl. If Mozilla 5 is out with full CSS, HTML 4, XML, DOM and XSLT compatibility and with reasonable size then IE is in a big trouble."
If you think that's a good percentage, you should see the stats from MozillaZine! :-)
#22 Is it really the bias of web-developers?
Monday October 11th, 1999 1:42 PM
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I don't think so. Although I'm not very active in www-design, I am active in checking out new features introduced by W3C. Although developers may favor NN to IE for $-reasons (M$ still makes lots of money by being the only wide-spread Home-OS) developers wanting to use new features are forced to IE, since that browser implements by far the most of W3C RECs. I think a more likely reason is that most developers also know that introducing new features also means introducing new bugs. Combining this with the strong IE-OS binding this means that each time you come upon a page that has a wrong implementation of the new technology or that makes you encounter a bug in IE your whole system will hang and all that remains is a cold reset. (IE = explorer = your desktop display) This at least for me is a reason to stick with NN for regular browsing and discover the features and bugs in Mozilla at the same time, but almost only for Milestone builds as they are guaranteed to be relatively stable.