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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> I suspect there's a strong self-selection effect (the non-Flash
> capable don't go to Flash sites) that tends to obscure just how bad
> the situation is. If you really want to research statistics instead of
> making them up, the first step is to throw away your browser logs.
> Instead randomly select people from the general population, and ask
> them if they're Internet users. If they are, look at their computer to
> see if it really can display Flash content. Do they have the plug-in?
> Is it properly installed? Can it play the latest version of Flash
> content? Do the security settings in the browser and the firewall
> allow Flash content through? I doubt it's worth anybody's time or
> money to do this study, but it's the only way to get a reliable
> answer. If somebody did do it, I suspect the results would be
> surprising, and very different from what browser logs indicate.
Macromedia claims a 97.8% penetration rate based upon a survey:
Flash is pre-installed on most computers: