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    Those stats are useless.

    Many Opera users spoof IE, and lately many Mozilla have been having to spoof IE in order to go to do their online banking and such. That gives IE an inflated percentage, and others/Netscape a lower one.

    Plus, those stats don't differentiate between NS4 and NS6+, which are completely separate entities in terms of web browsers.

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    True ... but nonetheless the general trend that almost everybody uses IE and almost nobody uses anything else, is borne out by most of the statistics I;ve seen.

    There's a useful comparitor at http://www.upsdell.com/BrowserNews/stat.htm

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    Originally posted by jkd
    Those stats are useless.

    Many Opera users spoof IE, and lately many Mozilla have been having to spoof IE in order to go to do their online banking and such. That gives IE an inflated percentage, and others/Netscape a lower one.

    Plus, those stats don't differentiate between NS4 and NS6+, which are completely separate entities in terms of web browsers.
    Understandable, but even a generous error margin of +/- 3%-5% still tells the story quite well, thus making this information anything but useless.
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    If Microsoft Internet Explorer has a global usage share of 96 percent, is it worth all the hassle of cross browser scripting?

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    Because there are browsers out there that do better with web standards. Coding for them means supporting them.
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    Originally posted by Mr J
    If Microsoft Internet Explorer has a global usage share of 96 percent, is it worth all the hassle of cross browser scripting?
    Absolutely yes! Just because one vendor "owns" the market today doesn't mean they'll own it forever just ask the Mosaic people or the Netscape people. Obviously such shifts can happen and it's a bad idea to code like it won't happen again.

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    It is generally worth it .. but there are IT managers who take a more pragmatic view Sometimes the time involved is not worth it for the potential benefit; but I think always scale things gracefully, even if full cross-browser compatibility is impractical


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