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Study proves that IE users are dumber than those who use Opera and Chrome

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Taken from TNW.

If you’re reading this on TNW then you’re probably not going to be surprised to find out what I’m about to tell you. If it has gotten passed on to you via your Hotmail account and you’re reading it on Internet Explorer, I apologize in advance.

Canadian “psychometric testing” company AptiQuant has gone to work trying to find a link between IQ and the browser of choice for different users (full results, in PDF form, here). With the understanding that those of lower intelligence might be more resistant to upgrades and trying new things, the group’s findings are not all that surprising.

In short, the lowest end of the scale more consistently chose to use Internet Explorer 6 (heck, even Microsoft doesn’t like IE6) while moving up the scale the smartest people studied are Opera users. Camino, IE with a Chrome frame and then Safari make up the remainder of the top 4, with Chrome itself holding the 6th spot.

AptiQuant states, in its conclusion, that the study “showed a substantial relationship between an individual’s cognitive ability and their choice of web browser.” The company went on to discuss the importance of using browsers that support modern Webstandards so as to lower the overall cost of Web development.

I guess what they’re saying is that you can blame the dumb people for all of the extra effort that devs have to expend, as well. Thanks, morons.

Written by Kees Winkel

July 30, 2011 at 11:32

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Webmonkey – The Web Developer’s Resource | Wired.com

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The popular blog publishing tool WordPress has joined the growing cadre of sites dropping support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 web browser. The recently upgraded WordPress.com brings a handful of new features and a revamped, cleaner design in the admin pages, but perhaps the biggest news in the release is that the admin pages no longer support IE 6.

Users visiting the admin section of WordPress.com with IE 6 will now see a message to upgrade their browser (the same message will appear in the self-hosted WordPress 3.2 when it is released in June). The WordPress blog says it’s dropping IE 6 because, “it has required increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work in the IE 6 browser, which was introduced 10 years ago and does not support current web standards.”

WordPress is just the latest in a long list of sites that have abandoned IE 6, including Gmail, YouTube, Basecamp and hundreds of others.

Indeed you’d be hard pressed to find a web developer who wants to keep supporting IE 6. Even Microsoft has set up a website that essentially dances on the grave of IE 6 (after WordPress announced it would drop IE 6, Microsoft actually said “thank you WordPress“).

However, according to Net Applications, IE 6 still has almost 12 percent user share worldwide. In the U.S. the number is just under 3 percent, but in China it’s still nearly 35 percent.

Compounding the problem are the number of corporate intranets that require IE 6. Microsoft is hard at work trying to convince large corporations to upgrade — if you’re still using IE 6, that means you haven’t upgraded to Windows 7, which is Microsoft’s real goal with the kill IE 6 campaign — but for Microsoft’s biggest customers, upgrading means investing millions of dollars in new infrastructure.

While developers may enjoy dropping IE 6 because of its subpar support for web standards, for end users that’s generally not a concern. What is, or at least should be, the bigger concern for users is that IE 6 is less secure.

If you’re part of the tiny segment of users that can — but haven’t — upgraded from IE 6, we suggest doing so. Grab a copy of Firefox or Chrome and join the modern web.

via Webmonkey – The Web Developer’s Resource | Wired.com.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 29, 2011 at 12:25

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