[thelist] Theory Question: Client Side or Server Side

Ken Schaefer ken at adOpenStatic.com
Sun Apr 11 07:25:20 CDT 2004

From: "Shawn K. Quinn" <skquinn at xevious.kicks-ass.net>
Subject: Re: [thelist] Theory Question: Client Side or Server Side

: On Saturday 2004 April 10 10:01, Tom Dell'Aringa wrote:
: > While I agree with Shawn that server-side functionality should be
: > included - the statement that "a rather large number of people keep
: > JS turned off" is blatently false.
: >
: > Look at any large sampling of web traffic and you'll find
: > people who have JS turned off is usually less than half of
: > one percent IF that. I am all for writing scripts that work
: > when that is the case, but its becoming so rare as to
: > almost be non-existant.
: There was a statistic I saw not too long ago that implied the rate was
: something like 13% (a little over 1 in 8). It was a well known
: statistics site and while I am careful about what statistics I trust,
: there's probably a good amount of truth about this one.
: -- 
: Shawn K. Quinn

I find a figure of 13% very hard to believe.

13% of all user-agents would be possible, given the number of bots out
there. 13% of browser actively controlled by a human I find doubtful.

Our main site gets >30 million page views a month, and I think we're looking
at a rate of about 3-4% (I'm not at work, so I don't have the actual numbers
in front of me).


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