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Statistics

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please: facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable" - Mark Twain

JavaScript

All of the data indicates 95% of users are allowing JavaScript to run on their PC's. Use JavaScript, just be certain that your page will display and run properly without it.

Connection Speeds

US broadband penetration broke 80% in February 2007, growing to 80.16% among active Internet users. Narrowband users connecting at 56Kbps or less now comprise 19.84% of active Internet users, down 1.09 percentage points from 20.93% January 2007.

Color Depth

Almost all systems today support true color.

Based on connection speeds and available color depth, it is fine to use full color illustrations freely on your website. Just be careful not to use ultra high resolutions photos and scale them down with the tags in the IMG commands. This will waste transmission time unnecessarily, and photo-editing software does a far better job of scaling than the browser.

Browsers

The majority of the data shown on this page was taken from the Browser News website, the data was last updated in August 2008.

The data shows that about 95% of the visitors to your website will be using either Internet Explorer or FireFox, so it is important that your web page display properly on both of these browsers. Safari is next in line at about 3.5%. This browser still has a lot of stability issues so the users of this browser are used to thing not displaying properly. Maintaining your web pages for a browser that is going through constant updates for bug fixes would be extremely time consuming and costly and definitely not worth it at this time.

Browser Usage Stats (%)
avg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
IE8 0.05 0.05
IE7 25 47 46 29 42 30 27 41
IE6 34 26 43 16 34 29 26.5 36
IE5 (windows) 1.1 0.15 0.45 44 0.3 1.7 0.5
IE5 (Mac) 0.1 0.05
IE Total 72.6 60.1 73.2 89.5 89.1 76.3 60.8 54 77 73.0
Gecko (FireFox) 22.1 34 20 9 8.4 18 32 41 17 19.2
KHTML (Safari) 3.5 2.6 6.2 1.3 1.6 3.6 4 3.1 3 6.1
Opera 1.1 2.1 0.75 0.2 0.9 1.7 1.7 1 0.7
Mobile 0.3 0.65 0.05 0.05 0.35
Other 0.5 0.6 0.05 0.3 0.7 0.4 1

The table lists stats from several sources, showing how much stats can vary:

  • Avg the numeric average of the remaining columns.
  • Source 1 stats are from EWS.
  • Source 2 stats are from Net Applications' Market Share.
  • Source 3 stats are from the Pitt County, North Carolina website.
  • Source 4 stats are from a USGS server.
  • Source 5 stats are from sites that use a hit counter.
  • Source 6 stats are from upsdell.
  • Source 7 stats are from w3school
  • Source 8 stats are from The Counter
  • Source 9 stats are from Market Share

As the Stats table shows, the percentage of users using each browser depends a lot on the site gathering the statistics. What matters most is not the exact percentage using a browser, but rather which browsers are used by enough people that your website should support these people.

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