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Browsers and standards

Some favourite web browsers

logo_Firefox Firefox Firefox is a free, open-source web browser from Mozilla. Its one of the most standards-compliant and popular browser available. Firefox is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
logo_Opera Opera Opera’s a cross-platform Web browser known for its W3C standards compliance, small size and performance.
logo_Chrome Google Chrome One of the newest browsers Google claimed to have completely re-thought the browser experience to emcompass email, shopping, etc. Concerns have been raised over privacy as browser requests feed into the Google search engine.
logo_Seamonkey (Mozilla) Seamonkey browser and composer Mozilla is an open-source web development project, The Mozilla Application Suite (also known as SeaMonkey) is a complete set of web applications (e.g. browser, email and news client). It has very good web standards support.
logo_IExplorer MS Internet Explorer IE 8 was released in 2009. Previous versions of Internet Explorer do not comply with W3C standards. It still has a number of significant differences in the way that Javascript and the DOM model are handled.
Internet Explorer has also had a number of security problems, even to the extent that the French and German governments recommended users stop using it. – BBC news item January 2010.

The usage estimates for web browsers are based on the percentage of visitors that use a particular web browser. The estimates are based on the visitors to a single ( or preferably a group) of websites. For this reason inevitably there will be differences in the figures produced by the various sites. A number of other factors can influence the figures, to produce either an overestimate, or underestimate of the actual browser usage.

The figures below include a breakdown of Microsoft’s internet Explorer by version. The majority of people using that browser are still working with an out of date version. This is likely to be true for other browsers as well.

You must ensure that you promptly implement the security updates regularly posted by the browser vendors.

The table below is based on information from the W3CShools site. Click on for more detailed, and up to date information

IE8 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
January 2011 16.6% 5.7% 3.8% 42.8% 23.8% 4.0% 2.5%
January 2010 14.3% 11.7% 10.2% 46.3% 10.8% 3.7% 2.2%
January 2009 0.6% 25.7% 18.5% 45.5% 3.9% 3.0% 2.3%
January 2008 21.2% 32.0% 1.5% 36.4% 1.9% 1.4%

Author: Alan Campion - Page reference: 2764
Last modified: Alan Campion - 2015-01-26