I'm in the process of building a CSS website to replace an existing
site. My site statistics for December 2005 (collected using LiveStats,
hosted at Media3) show the following browser types.
Browser types, December 2005 Report:
30.62% MSIE 6.x
10.29% AOL 9.x
4.03% Firefox 1.x (probably me testing lots and lots of page views)
2.34% Netscape 2.x
1.82% Netscape 7.x
1.60% Netscape 4.x
1.10% MSIE 5.0x
Each less than 1% of traffic:
1. Why are the unknown browser types so high (46.31%)? Is this normal?
(my host says it is and nothing they can do about it)
2. How realistic is it to build a 100% CSS site while supporting the
3. I need to support as many people as possible, but spend the least
amount of time developing and staying on top of hacks and browser
changes. Which browsers should I test in? I know the recommendation is
to test in Firefox, then Netscape 7 and then IE, but if the highest
amount of my known users is MSIE 6 I feel like I should be building a
site that works really well in that browser.
I know some list members say 100% CSS is the only way to go, but I'm in
a situation where I need to get this site rebuilt and launched quickly.
The website is less than half of my job. Considering this, would an OK
compromise be to develop the site using <divs> and an external CSS style
sheet, but put the <divs> in a table? I would remove the floating of
columns when I add the table and this would keep the site looking a
least somewhat presentable in older versions of Netscape, rather than
completely messed up.
Thoughts and recommendations? I'm on the digest. Thanks in advance.
Dova H. Wilson
Marketing Communications Specialist
George Washington University Virginia Campus
44983 Knoll Square, Rm. 305
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
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