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   Re: [xml-dev] What are the arguments *for* XHTML 2.0?

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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:


  Paul Prescod


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