Re: IE <5.5 vs IE >=5.5 statistics? (Should we use UTF-8?)
by Anton Tagunov <tae(at)newmail.ru>
||Wed, 13 Mar 2002 01:02:43 +0300
||Kathy Wheeler <kathyw(at)home.albury.net.au>
Thanks a great deal, Kathy!
What I need is a proof one of the following statements:
- UTF-8 is not ready for everywhere use and just because of IE5.0
- IE5.0 has gone to be no more widespread then NN4 and may be
forgotten about - go ahead and use UTF-8 if 98% of the average
internet audience is good enough for you
The whole question is about the percentage of UTF-8 incapable
Yes I know audiences vary, and nothing is better then your own
stats but currently I'm more academical then practical :-)
So my point is to state that there are _some_ audiences that
have to be accounted for.
KW> NN4.x also behaves extremely erratically with it's CSS display when using
KW> UTF-8 (it will simply stop interpreting the CSS for no other apparant reason
KW> - reload may or may not re-draw the page properly).
KW> ... The numbers vary. Most stats sites are
KW> using stats generated from their own visitors and related sites. These sites
KW> are most often visited by us (developers) using in most cases fairly recent
KW> browsers - so the stats may be slanted.
KW> However Google has some useful stats from time to time:
This has been gorgeous! Google browser stats shows that IE5.0 still _dominates_
each of IE5.5 and IE6.0 (but not both taken together :-). So we may consider
it has around 33%, and will probably retain no less then 15% in this year.
Anyone dare to forecast it for two years?
KW> Another good site is:
Not that helpful regretfully, it enlists 5.0 and 5.5 together as 5.x,
and great many other statistics pages do the same :-( they are no
good for your discussion :-((
KW> Good luck,
Thanks a great deal! :-)
P.S. here are the links I have found myself:
http://www.planetz.net/~twilight/statistics.pl?view (no date, stale?)
http://phpgw.de/zugriffe/m_usage_200112_002_003.html (good, a bit unclear)
http://www.rev.net/stats/www.rev.net/m_usage_200201_002_003.html (good, a bit unclear)
All these give 10%-30% to IE5.0/IE5.1
but most of these are small sites with count of hits bellow 2000 accounted.
Please, if anyone could supply more statistics it would be very-very welcome!
Regretfully the pages that have 5.x do not help much unless we make an
assumption that IE5.5/IE5.0 rate remains stable over time.. not sure
if it is a viable assumption
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