• 200623 Nov

    I went through the logs of some of the sites I own or manage today, to see what kind of uptake there’s been for IE7. From ten sites, some business and some personal, the percentage of users varies between 1% and 12% using IE7.

    Interestingly, the higher rates were on B2B sites; the 1% is from a (geographical) community website I manage; from this I infer that IE7 has either not come to the attention of home users, or they’ve chosen not to use it. I suspect the former is more likely; IE7 is only offered as a voluntary part of Windows Update, it’s not yet been made into a security update – and may not be for some time yet (if ever).

    I think the reason Microsoft are still being fairly quiet about it is because there are still an awful lot of sites which haven’t been tested against it yet, and they don’t want the bad PR of people downloading their new browser and then finding out their favourite website looks like crap with it. We as web developers can help that along by spending some time making sure all our sites display correctly; I know in an ideal world most of us would probably prefer people switch to an alternative, but there’s a long wait ahead for that to happen. In the meantime, let’s at least help people get away from IE6.

    It’s in the hands of the early adopters so far, but it is out there, so I think it’s time we can start safely using the new CSS3 (and CSS2!) selectors it has implemented. I wonder how long it will take to claim 50% of the IE browser share?

    Update: Here’s a good article on the hierarchy of browser testing which pretty much mirrors my own method – the only difference being that I tend to also test on Firefox and Konqueror for Linux, as that’s my home system.

    Second Update: Another excellent article, this time on best practices for getting your site working in IE7.

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