Rick Hurst Web Developer in Bristol, UK


browser statistics warped by web designers?

I was just reading the interview with Mike Davidson of ESPN (Part 1)[link removed] (which seems too be linked from virtually every web design blog in existence), and what particularly interested me is their policy on locking out netscape 4.x users, who account for about 2% of their audience. I then did what any self respecting web experimentalist would do and dusted off my “only used for testing” version of Netscape 4.6 and went to the site to see what happens.

Could it be that it is web designers who are warping the statistics by repeatedly hitting sites driving their battered old testing software just to see what possible mess ensues?

In case you now want to have a look at this site in an old non-standards browser, you will experience nothing but unstyled vanilla content as god intended.