On Jul 7, 2005, at 7:08 PM, Jon Trelfa wrote:
> I know that I can use Konqueror in Linux to test what websites will
> look like in Safari...but it's my understanding that it only covers
> more recent versions of Safari? Do I assume that *most* Mac users
> have OSX? Is there a percentage still using OS9? If so, what do I
> use to test pages for them? Do I test different versions of Safari as
> I would different versions of IE and Netscape? What versions would be
> the most prevalent?
Any OS since OS X 10.1 can run Safari 1.3; since Safari is
automatically updated via the OS Software Update, it's reasonable to
assume the population of Safari 1.0-1.2 is only a few percent of the
Mac OS X users. Safari 1.3 is functionally the same as Safari 2.0, in
that they were released at the same time with the same CSS fixes.
Safari 2.0 is available only to OS X 10.4, and comes pre-installed.
Thus, a test that is equivalent to Safari 1.3 or 2.0 will roughly
cover 95%+ of the Safari users.
People on OS 9 are likely stuck there. IE 5.2 was installed as the
default browser, with Netscape 4.x also installed (IIRC). If your log
analysis program breaks out IE versions, all of your IE 5.1x and 5.2x
are likely to be Mac since Windows releases were 5.0x and 5.5; my
estimates put 75-90% of the IE Mac use on OS 9, which on some of my
sites amounts to 25% of the total Mac use. Gecko browsers for OS 9
are hard to come by (and do not need to be considered): see http://
www.mozilla.org/download.html at the bottom of the page.
My Mac test regimen:
- Firefox 1.0.x (about 1.5% of the audience)
- Safari 2.0 (about 2% of the audience)
- IE 5.23 under Classic (about 1% of the audience)
That's it. Everything else is less than 0.5% of the audience, which
my clients won't pay for; I must assume that my code is good enough
to not break there. I will likely stop testing Mac IE next year,
except for specific sites.
I cannot attest to your Konqueer-as-Safari-emulator statement. AFAIK,
there is no emulator for Mac IE. It may be worth your time to buy a
used Mac that has Mac Classic (OS 9) under OS X; otherwise, the Mini
is cheap, but a new one will not have Classic installed.
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