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Or, What Would World Wide Web Developers Do?

To get an idea of what web developers are using -- as compared to typical web users -- take a look at the comprehensive w3schools browser statistics, picking up from mid-2004 when the Google statistics end:

w3schools browser share graph

Quite a difference from the other browser market share statistics; IE 6.0 is dominant, but not overwhelmingly dominant to the tune of 95% market share at its peak in late 2004. It's also interesting that despite being five years old and generally reviled by most serious web developers, IE 6 usage has only dipped ten percent from its historical peak on w3schools.

The other statistics from w3schools are also quite interesting:

  • Roughly 10 percent of web developers have javascript disabled. This number has remained nearly constant from 2002 to 2006.
  • More than 80 percent of web developers have true color displays. This has increased by about 10 percent every year.
  • Only 17 percent of web developers are using resolutions greater than 1024x768. Only 57 percent are even at 1024x768-- the remainder are using resolutions below that!
  • 74 percent of web developers are using Windows XP. That's an increase of 10 percent over this time last year.

I'm not sure how much we can conclude from a single source of data. But it's still a little discouraging that even on a developer-oriented site, the rate of new hardware and software adoption is so slow.

Written by Jeff Atwood

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