Now that got your attention, didn’t it? You’ve probably never seen a site where Safari has a market share of 84%… Well neither had I. Until I looked at the browser stats for this site… I just had to share it with you all:
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A person pretty much needs Safari to see all the cool effects on this site. I’m sticking to Firefox, though, until Apple adds support for ClearType. Safari’s already blurry text combined with this site’s text shadow just hurts my eyes too much.
@Peter: I think what Emily said could be a possible answer to your question. This site is all about the latest cutting edge CSS features and to get the max out of it you need to use a browser that makes the most out of it.
What surprises me for a site like this is that IE outnumbers Opera.
The current version of Opera doesn’t support all of the nifty effects such as box-shadow and border-radius. Not only does Firefox have more of CSS3’s visual effects implemented than Opera, but it has extensions that some people can’t live without.
I expect that once Opera 9.5 comes out, many people will switch, but for now I’m not really surprised that Opera has such a low user rate.
Also, when you consider that nearly 84% of everybody is using Safari on this graph, it’s hardly an accurate representation of normal browser usage; it only really gives an idea for this site, a site which is obviously going to have a very odd slant that you won’t see anywhere else.
I’m wondering, the authors of the website are using Safari if I’m correct. Do you filter you own hits? Just curious :-) I use Firefox for about 2.5 years now (about Firebird 0.6 I think…), and I’m a Linux guy so Firefox is common to use. Although at my work I use Windows and Firefox.
The real figures are not as high as 84% for Safari and as low as 1% for Opera. Opera actually has more hits than Safari the last time I checked. There must have been some issue the day that Joost checked it (or perhaps the figures for that day?) It would make sense for Safari to be high on this site as it is required to see a number of the previews and demos. I personally use Safari quite a bit on this site.