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Just some thoughts on market segment leverage:

A number of companies choose to only support IE because they look at the 
apparent raw user statistics.  This may be unwise for many kinds of 
projects and services.

I consider it likely that those people that are Mozilla and other non-IE 
users are the early adopters and consist of a larger percentage of the 
more highly technical part of the market.  In other words, the popular 
numbers for non-IE user percentage is 5%.  With developers, especially 
certain types of developers, security personnel, and architects, these 
numbers are likely to be far different based on my experience.

A well-placed early adopter, often acting as a consultant or lead 
technologist, can strongly influence a very large number of potential 
clients and other technologists.  Cross-platform support can indicate 
health of a company, corporate philosophy, depth, and other attributes 
that can affect competitiveness.  Simple availability on all preferred 
platforms can be a large factor.

I, like many long-time consultants and technologists, have had, and 
continue to have, influence that could potentially affect very large 
enterprise decisions for decades.  This varies with client 
relationships, topic, levels of credibility, etc. and there are no 
guaruntees, but I definitely make sales for companies by recommendations 
all the time.  I probably prevent sales of those that I pan or pass up 
for competitors.

I almost never use IE.  I dislike it's interface, lack of features 
(tabbed windows is a must), fakey responsiveness (even when I know a 
server is down, IE happily fakes progress on the progress bar for a 
while), completely distrust it from a security point of view, and I've 
used Netscape since 0.9 when it was 800K on a floppy.


Sjoerd Visscher wrote:

> Rick Marshall wrote:
>> too bad. any plans for other browsers?
>> On Fri, 2004-04-16 at 14:17, Mike Fitzgerald wrote:
>>> ie 5.5+ only -Mike
> We need XSL, XPath and some form of contentEditable, so that leaves 
> out a lot of browsers.
> Xopus could be made to work on Mozilla, but that would probably take a 
> few months. We'd love to do it, but when you do the financial math, 
> it's not worth it. 2 years ago Xopus (sort of) worked in Mozilla, but 
> our customers clearly preferred a richer feature set in IE over 
> compatability with Mozilla.

swilliams@hpti.com http://www.hpti.com Per: sdw@lig.net http://sdw.st
Stephen D. Williams 703-724-0118W 703-995-0407Fax 20147-4622 AIM: sdw

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