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Supported Web Browsers

With the rise of mobile devices, and increasing market share of Macs, the browser landscape is changing more rapidly than ever. Internet Explorer, our default browser on campus, is barely over 50% of our traffic. Microsoft has finally been pushing for the death of IE6 themselves in 2011, and we've now seen it fall to less than one third of 1% of our web traffic (0.27% if you're curious).

We currently support and test for compatibility in:

  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Chrome

Special Note on Campus

Campus machines currently have IE8 installed as their default browser, however, when you're on campus, the computer recognizes that it's in the local domain and will use the IE7 rendering engine by default. We override this default behavior on our blog servers only. For all other sites we strongly recommend including the IE meta tag to specify that you want to use the newer rendering engine.

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

We include this by default in our global template. If you're developing inside this template, you don't need to worry about it. Note that you can test multiple versions of IE using the Developer Tools (F12) available in IE8+.


  • Internet Explorer: 37.9%
    • IE 10: 0.14%, IE 9: 18.5%, IE 8: 16.6%, IE 7: 2.6%, IE 6: 0.05%
  • Chrome: 19.8%
  • Safari: 19%
  • Firefox: 14.1%
    • 17: 0.2%, 16: 7.5%, 15: 3.5%, 14: 0.7%

Mobile Devices*

  • Overall Mobile Traffic: 8.6%
  • iOS 5%
    • iPhone 2.6%, iPad: 2%, iPod: 0.5%
  • Android: 2.8%

* As of December 2012

Note that iPhone, iPod, and iPad traffic are included in the Safari stats.