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   Re: Alternatives to the W3C

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  • From: Tyler Baker <tyler@infinet.com>
  • To: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 21:53:38 -0500

Miles Sabin wrote:

> Brandt Dainow wrote,
> > IE 5= 46.6%
> > IE 4= 23.2%
> > NS 4= 25.8%
> > NS 3= 01.5%
> > REST= 02.9%
> I still have a gut feeling that 46.6% is unrepresentatively
> high.

I am not surprised. I would say that there is likely a higher number of people who still
have 2.0x and 3.0x browsers on their machines, but these people rarely surf the web and
mostly just use the internet for email. They are not frequent internet users so a simple
poll of random people who say they have "been on the internet" is probably not as accurate
an indicator of the real internet user base than the compilation of web browser hits Mr.
Dainow provided us.

> Incidentally, I gather that AOL have been mailing their
> user base recently, notifying them that the next release of
> the AOL browser will be Netscape rather than IE based. I
> wonder what that switch will do to the stats ...

Hard to say. Either way it does not matter much because both products are mostly clones of
each other with nothing significant to offer either way. There is no compelling choice to
use one or the other unless you have something against MS or AOL. A lot of people dislike
both companies so I guess it is the choice of the lesser of two evils (-:


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