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4:1 Design for Common Browsers

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4:1 Design for Common Browsers

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Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 2 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline




Design, develop and test for the most common browsers.


Designers should attempt to accommodate ninety-five percent of all users. Ensure that all testing of a Web site is done using the most popular browsers.

Sources of information about the most commonly used browsers:


  • Evans, M. (1998). Web Design: An Empiricist’s Guide. Unpublished master’s thesis. Seattle: University of Washington. Retrieved May 2003, from
  • Jupitermedia Corporation (2003). Retrieved November 2005, from
  • Morrell, R.W., Dailey, S.R., Feldman, C., Mayhorn, C.B., & Echt, K.V. (2002, April). Older adults and information technology: A compendium of scientific research and web site accessibility guidelines. National Institute on Aging Report. Bethesda, MD.
  • Nielsen, J. (1996b, October). Accessible design for users with disabilities. Retrieved November 2005, from

Poor Example:

This site, when rendered on a Macintosh, falls apart (right).   


Good Example:

The website should display properly on all platforms, as it does below when rendered on a PC. 


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