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Re: Let's talk strategy (was: Re: Web Reliability)

From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 07:28:15 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-talk@www10.w3.org
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On Mon, 31 Jul 1995, Liam Relihan wrote:

> On Sun, 30 Jul 1995, Mike Meyer wrote:
> > (*) Anneli was absolutely fuming at NetScape, with comments on "making
> > fortunes helping millions of clueless people do the wrong thing." A
> > magazine she likes had recently bragged about their web pages. Turns
> > out they aren't navigable in anything but NetScape because of
> > NetScapes broken attribute parsing. The response from the magazine was
> > that 25% (their estimate) of their market wasn't worth spending a few
> > minutes fixing the problem, or even doing it right next time.
> Aside:
> I have my doubts about this statistic ("75% of all browsers are Netscape"). 
> Where did this figure come from ? Did it come from Netscape, I wonder ?

The 75% figure comes from many independant sources. I have confirmed it
myself by collecting stats on a half dozen different servers with daily hit
rates anywhere up to 1/4 million hits per day. I get numbers in the low 
70% range day after day - even after correcting for the undercounting 
of Lynx. Lynx gets undercounted in most reports by anywhere from 2 1/2 
to 5 times, depending of the mix of graphics and text on a system. But it 
has such a tiny proportion to start with that the correction is only on 
the order of 5-10%. 

If you want a general source for several such collections of stats:


While it might have a certain appeal to claim that the 75% figure is 
somehow just a publicity claim - it isn't. It is fairly close to the real 

If you are interested in collecting your own user agent stats for 
comparision: <URL:http://www.netimages.com/~snowhare/utilities/>
has a perl script that can do it automatically for a NCSA 1.4.x server.

Benjamin Franz
Received on Monday, 31 July 1995 10:16:22 UTC

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