On no. This isn't a monopoly. And yet, according to OneStat.com, a Danish company whose website says it is "the number one provider of real-time web site analytics" and maker of log file analysis tools, Internet Explorer has 95% of the worldwide market.
The Register has reported on difficulties experienced by Linux users in viewing many webpages, as well as alternative web browsers such as Mozilla and Opera. Designers respond to the dominance of IE, by designing for IE, which reinforces IE's dominance. That article even has a lengthy list of "sinners", or look at the more comprehensive Banks 'n' Browsers for a list of difficult banking websites. Interestingly, on the banking list, many US banks and Credit Unions including the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, don't support Netscape, as well as the lesser know browsers.
OneStat determined this by looking for javacode on websites to see which browser is being used, verses looking at logs which can reflect spoofed information. 2 million users visiting various OneStat customer sites were the user pool for the survey.Posted by Mary Hodder at December 17, 2002 06:32 PM