It’s Finally Happening! People are Ditching IE

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Internet Explorer had been the most widely used browser for a long time.  Then, other browsers like Firefox and Chrome came along and took away some of the popularity of IE.

Steadily, the number of IE users has been reduced to a mere 13.38% of the entire population of internet users.  For the first time, Internet Explorer usage has dipped below Firefox in popularity.  Firefox currently stands at a fairly steady 14.68%.

The reigning champion?  Google Chrome!  The Chrome browser currently holds the title as most popular browser as 55.3% of all internet users have chosen Chrome as their browser of choice.

It has been reported that IE may indeed fall off the face of the digital earth as soon as May 2016 unless something drastic changes.

While Firefox and Chrome embraced technology-forward ideas like auto-updates, evolving but consistent web standards and an open-source concept that allowed for users to develop addons, themes and other features to enhance the browsing experience, Internet Explorer stood staunch in it’s stance to only release new versions with each Windows release up until much recently.

For more information, check out this article on Gizmodo and the current browser-usage stats for February, 2016.


Screen Resolutions 2015 Edition

2015-02-04 14_19_45-Screen Resolutions 2015 Edition – CU_Answers Web Services

When I started at CU*Answers nearly 10 years ago, our web site designs targeted an 800×600 browser size. This was considered the standard at the time. This meant that we considered the viewable space on any monitor with the web browser at full screen as 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall.

Over the years, the best practice moved to 1024×768 resolution and many sites were designed with this in mind. If you can picture these dimensions in your head, and relate them to TVs, you’ll notice they are the older square shape of TVs. It’s nearly impossible to find these now. TVs, and likewise computer monitors have moved to the wider letterbox, rectangular shape like cinema movie screens. Read More »

What happens when you type into your browser’s address box and press enter?


Do you know everything that goes into browsing to a web page? It’s amazingly complex with all the different pieces involved – hardware, software, operating system, network connections, wire and wireless infrastructure and transmission protocols – the list goes on.

This document on GitHub is a collaborative attempt at documenting the entire process. It’s really technical, and really interesting. And its currently being updated by many contributors.

When developing websites, Web Services has to consider the vast majority of this process. It affects speed and accessibility of the browsing experience. But the main web development components don’t even kick in until the bottom part of the process when you get to the web server and the HTML processing. And this document is just sketching out the process, hopefully it gets filled in with deeper detail.

Read the whole thing on GitHub and check back as its continually updated to be more and more complete.

How to take a screenshot

If you are getting an error on your website (or really any application) or you are seeing a funny browser rendering issue on your website, it helps us to see a screenshot.  This lets us see exactly what you are seeing.  Taking a screenshot is really easy and helps us out, especially when we can’t duplicate what you are seeing.

Lifehacker has a nice series called Emailable Tech Support.  They are simple and concise instructions on how to do certain computer tasks.  Last week they covered taking screenshots.  Take a read through to see how easy it is.