A shift in web browser usage

Running through the site’s metrics I just noticed an important shift in the usage of browsers to come here to Thomistica.net: Mozilla’s Firefox is now the most-used single browser to visit the site. That’s the good news. And usage of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 8 (IE8) as above 10 percent (also good news, as IE8 is Microsoft’s most standards-compliant version to date). Take a look at the stats, but keep reading…

The bad news is that Microsoft’s earlier IE6 remains strong at 23.28 percent; and IE6 renders CSS-compliant websites such as Thomistica.net very poorly (in fact, it looks like dirt).

So keep the movement going towards Firefox and Apple’s Safari, and if you’re using any version of Windows XP and above, considering moving to IE8. Of late I’ve been authoring the site with Google’s Chrome, which is also quite good.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded thomistica.net on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).