Developers are constantly watching web logs to see just what browsers are being used by visitors of their particular sites. The general report holds that Microsoft Internet explorer is still the predominant browser with almost 80% of the browser market considering most everyone is running XP with more being migrated into using Vista. The message is clear for most, develop applications for IE computability first and everything else second.
The steady increase of Firefox and Apple’s safari still pale in comparison although recently the iphone is starting to show up in logs. Unless you are in a niche market this isn’t probably something you should put at the top of the list. It does say that more people are going to browse the internet and use the tiny handheld screen included with cell phones.
We have been reviewing sites not specifically designed for the handheld pda browser market but it is nice to see them render well when checking. We do not find it yet financially prudent in most cases to put a lot of resources toward making sites render clean in the 3″ screen category but keep watching your logs. If your site attracts a high number of handheld visitors then you will want to polish up your code to detect and present your data to your handheld visitors. This would be the exception not the rule.
2008 should see a new batch of highly capable phones with more Internet capability than ever before but that doesn’t mean we will jump on the experience. Even the Big “G” can’t make me throw out my dual widescreens. The population is aging and small screens are simply not going to please your mom for more than a few minutes.
Serious browsing will be on the desktop and the news is clear that IE is the browser of choice. The most common desktop resolution is 1024×768 with widescreen monitors in the 1280×800 range running a distant second.
Look for a designer aware of these issues and always keep looking at your logs. There is a lot more than just browser information but the start is certainly making sure your site works in the most popular browser being used by the visitors to your family of websites. [spark] [type bar] [size 10, 20] [series -15,-1,65,16.01,77.35][/spark]