Re: web browser capability?

Subject: Re: web browser capability?
From: "Sergej Rinc" <info -at- sinonim -dot- si>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 18:03:56 +0200

Well, Diane,

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Moscrip, Dianne" <Dmoscrip -at- wcb -dot- bc -dot- ca>
> Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 12:25:16 -0800
> where can I obtain information on what browsers people are using? For
> example, how many people (or a percentage) use internet explorer 4 or 5?
> How many are using lesser browsers?

Hop over to Internet usage statistics. One fine and free is (for January)

and you have several others listed at

(unfortunately is not free anymore).

You can safely bet that MS IE 4.x and 5.x have 75% "market share" (in
quotes, because they are free) and NN 4.x additional 15-20%. This gives
90-95% of all browsers are either MS IE 4+ or NN 4+, capable of HTML 4.0,
basic CSS-1 and CSS-2, JavaScript 1.2 and some other limited goodies (for
example, both state they have Flash Player 3 or 4 in their distributions but
they do not allways install it - and Flash is practicaly most widely used
plugin, approx. more than 80%).

> What issues are there in regards to browsers? Can all of them read smart
> quotes, em dashes? Where would I find this type of information?

The answers are: Don't ask :-). No. Arlen has given you some links but I
do not agree that one would have to support several browsers, spend a lot of
time for doing that etc (although I'm doing this <green>). If you stick with
HTML 3.2 standard - for example -, your pages will be
seen well for a long time if we suppose that support for it in browsers will
stay. But you never know ... and I give my thumbs up for standars based
browser like Mozilla ( , its code should be finally
incorporated into Netscape Navigator 6).

Sergej Rinc, Certified Doc-To-Help Trainer
Tehnical Director, Sinonim d.o.o.
Member, International Webmasters Association
mailto:info -at- sinonim -dot- si,

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