Which browsers are worth supporting?

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It’s rarely practical to invest the time it takes to make your site compatible with every single browser on the market. So which browser support do you choose?

Different browsers tend to be used by different demographics. For example, a site like ours with a techie user base sees above-average Firefox usage (40%). Seeing as our site is also of great interest to designers we’ve got a high number of visitors using Macs (25%). In contrast, a client of mine caters for the museums and heritage sector and has a vastly higher incidence of Netscape users, and early versions of Internet Explorer.

Therefore, my best advice would be to examine your site’s logs, and make sure you’re supporting the browsers of at least the top 90% of your visitors.

If you want a quick generalisation, I’m going to stick my neck out and say that in most cases you should be looking to support: Internet Explorer 5 and above, Netscape 6 and above, Firefox and Safari.

I’d like to hear your thoughts. Which browsers do you choose to support?