12 November 2008 | Team Tamar

Browser Stats

Ie6 I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I am becoming increasing frustrated with having to test web sites in IE6

Surely it is time to call it a day and banish it to browser heaven? The latest browser usage stats from w3schools show it is on a steady decline and now Chrome has been up for a couple of months we can see how it is performing.

Geek out time…

2008 IE7 IE6 Chrome Fx Moz S O
October 26.9% 20.2% 3.0% 44.0% 0.4% 2.8% 2.2%
September 26.3% 22.3% 3.1% 42.6% 0.5% 2.7% 2.0%
2008 IE7 IE6 IE5 Fx Moz S O
August 26.0% 24.5% 0.1% 43.7% 0.5% 2.6% 2.1%
July 26.4% 25.3% 0.3% 42.6% 0.5% 2.5% 1.9%
June 27.0% 26.5% 0.5% 41.0% 0.5% 2.6% 1.7%
May 26.5% 27.3% 0.7% 39.8% 0.7% 2.4% 1.5%
April 24.9% 28.9% 1.0% 39.1% 0.9% 2.2% 1.4%
March 23.3% 29.5% 1.1% 37.0% 1.1% 2.1% 1.4%
February 22.7% 30.7% 1.3% 36.5% 1.2% 2.0% 1.4%
January 21.2% 32.0% 1.5% 36.4% 1.3% 1.9% 1.4%

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  • http://www.azcazandco.com Alan White

    Testing in older browsers is a pain but it becomes fun when you look at it from the progressive enhancement / graded browser support perspective.
    Use it as a mechanism to get clients excited about modern things you can deliver for them whilst explaining the reasons for doing it that way.
    IMHO it is counter productive to hack websites to work identical cross browser. Provide an experience for everyone and keep on layering on the good stuff for those that can use it.
    As content architects we are responsible for the integrity of our information in the future. Extra code and messy hacks leave a taint on what are genuinely elegant solutions.
    Just because the client wants it, they are not always right 😉
    Would you fill your car with leaded fuel just because the garage sold it even if they had something better at the station?
    By building things efficiently and using modern techniques we can achieve some really advanced solutions without using hacks and without impeding user experience for older browser users.
    Sounds like a win win scenario to me.
    Just my 2p.