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Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
The grey numbers
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I'm tired of always being the cranky one, the one to point out misleading or flat-out lying XP rendering samples &c and I'd really like to get all cards out: So, all ye developers, stat counters and type aficionados -- how many web users are still seeing Windows XP's default greyscale rendering? Really?

I apologize for beating a dead horse. But is it dead?

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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I, for one, see it every day at work.
(not that I’m a statistically relevant sample, but still)

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Joined: 25 Sep 2006 - 2:15pm
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The W3C claims 38% of browser users are on XP. I think that we can safely assume that at least 90% of people who still use XP have no idea how to change rendering settings. Internet World Statistics estimates that there are 2,095,006,005 web users worldwide. So my guess is that at least 716,492,052 web users around the world are still on XP with default settings.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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Related: This post and the comments below.

Jens Kutílek's picture
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I think the methods for getting these numbers haven’t changed since you last brought this up, though the percentages probably have.

My accurate numbers for last week:

Out of a total of 6159 browser requests to a general interest site, 1439 came from Windows XP (including bots claiming that they’re on XP). Of these 1439 requests, 663 came from browsers that can display web fonts, but don't override the ClearType settings of the system. That’s 10.76 % of the total requests.

In other numbers, of 129 requests to the web fonts files, 19 (14.7 %) came from browsers on Windows XP that respect the system font rendering settings.

I know you asked for »how many users«, not for requests, but counting users is hard, and counting requests gives a more accurate reperesentation of real usage (think of one user using ClearType, but only reading one page vs. one user without ClearType reading 20 pages).

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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Thanks Jens. These numbers are good. I can’t help think many would upgrade beyond IE6 even though they are using other browsers. Perhaps the numbers are even better.

Anyway: The last time around, the answer was close to 30 % (based on similar numbers from Wikipedia). Statistics grow more accurate with quanitity, so keep em coming.