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From: "Barry Carlson" <>
Subject: [FreeHelp] Browsers - Some observations
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 15:01:14 +1300

If the W3C browser usage statistics are to be believed, then Firefox 3.0 and
Internet Explorer 7 now each have a 45% share of the market. But of course,
those statistics have been gleaned by W3C detecting what browser is being
used by visitors to their sites. W3C sites are visited by Web developers
and not Joe/Jane public, so with some further digging I believe the
following is a better representation of the types of browsers currently in

IE7 45%
IE6 24%
Firefox 23%
Safari 3%
Chrome 2%
Opera 2%
Others 1%

The IE browsers listed are not W3C standards compliant, but will render most
pages in a reasonable layout, though IE6 has some major problems.

Firefox and SeaMonkey browsers have been developed on the Mozilla/Gecko
engine and are generally compliant with W3C DOM1 and CSS2 standards. Safari
3.2 and Chrome use the Webkit engine and can also be classed as compliant.

The Opera browser uses its own Presto engine, and the Opera 10 Alpha build
is the only publically available browser to pass the Acid3 Test - - a complex performance test using sometimes
obtuse interpretations of the W3C DOM1 and CSS2 specifications.

The Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 and SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 (both pre-release versions)
have implemented many of the still proposed CSS3 recommendations, and are
worthwhile using when "keeping up with the Jones's."

You can get the latest builds as follows:-

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2
SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2
Safari 3.2.1
Opera 10a Preview

IE 8 Beta 2 is the latest build of the Internet Explorer browser, but its
performance leaves alot to be desired. Recent experiences using XHTML 1.0
W3C validated pages that failed to render at all except in the browsers
"compatibility mode" leave me cold.


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