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Java-in-browser availability

Posted by robogeek on August 9, 2007 at 1:19 PM PDT

One of the questions/concerns about Java is, can a web site author assume that it's there? Part of the popularity of Flash or Javascript is it's in all browsers, but the belief is that Java probably is not installed.

I happen to publish a popular non-technical website, and I think the traffic statistics on that site probably illustrate the capabilities of the average computer. I was just reviewing the usage statistics (using Google Analytics) and am astonished by this (reported over the last month)

Java Support Visits Java Support contribution to total:
Yes 12,092 99.09%
No 111 0.91%

Unfortunately Google doesn't break down the version numbers, unlike what they do for Flash support (BTW, Flash v9 is around 65%). In the past I'd always seen 95% or more, but to see 99% is quite refreshing.

There are some indications that modern computers are becoming prevalent. For example it used to be that 800x600 displays using 8bit graphics were overwhelmingly popular. In the same results, 800x600 comes in 3rd (11%) with 1024x768 1st (50%), 1280x1024 2nd (12%), 1280x800 4th (11%), and 1440x900 and other resolutions starting at 5th (4% and downward). 32bit graphics on 87% of the displays, and 8bit on less than 1%.

And the browser chart is interesting:

Internet Explorer / Windows 9,401 77.04%
Firefox / Windows 1,690 13.85%
Safari / Macintosh 472 3.87%
Firefox / Macintosh 209 1.71%
Mozilla / Linux 155 1.27%
Opera / Windows 76 0.62%
Firefox / Linux 65 0.53%
Netscape / Windows 36 0.30%
Opera / Linux 15 0.12%
Internet Explorer / Macintosh 13 0.11%

Which makes me wonder, what can we do to end the misery of people using IE on Mac?

So anyway, this is hardly a comprehensive survey and I'm sure someone will post a comment to definitive results. But I find this very interesting.

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