I asked a few days back about how many people would be interested in an HTML5/RPG series. Between comments and emails I’ve received, there appears to be a fair bit of interest and I’ve decided to go ahead with it. As HTML gaming is somewhat new to me, I am not sure yet exactly the format the series will take. I think it will be a hybrid between a blog and a tutorial series; combining musings with instruction, with the ever present caveat that “I might be doing something really stupid!”.
Anyways, one of those things I always hated about browser development was cross browser support. As I do more and more research, it seems that Internet Explorer is still very unpleasant to support. What I got to wondering was, just how many people actually use IE anymore, I surely don’t 99.9% of the time. So I took a look at this sites statistics since the start of 2012:
I was rather shocked to see a few things. First, I’ve known Chromes popularity has been growing, but I had no idea it was to that degree. I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked, I use Chrome almost exclusively. What I found perhaps the next most shocking is that Safari is beating out Internet Explorer! I know both benefit from being bundled with the OS, but given the 10 to 1 sales gap between Windows and Mac, you would figure IE would be much higher.
That said, all of these statistics are fairly meaningless, as the audience to a site like GameFromScratch are going to be much more technically savvy than most sites.
I mostly just found them interesting and to use it as an excuse to not officially support IE when developing my tutorials, at least until Windows 8 ships with the next version.
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