Platforms

The data for the most commonly used platforms by visitors to www.utexas.edu are:

Platform Dec 2011 - Feb 2012 Mar-May 2012 Jun-Aug 2012 Sep-Nov 2012 Dec 2012 - Feb 2013 Mar-May 2013
Windows 59.1% 60.6% 58.6% 56.3% 54.0% 53.1%
Macintosh 32.4% 30.0% 30.8% 33.8% 32.6% 32.7%
iPhone 3.3% 3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 5.7% 6.4%
iPad 1.7% 2.1% 2.7% 2.4% 3.1% 3.2%
Android 1.8% 1.7% 2.1% 2.0% 2.7% 3.0%

The following platforms were at less than 1 percent of usage: Linux, iPod, BlackBerry, Windows Phone.

Develop for Multiple Environments

One recommended approach that developers may use to design for multiple platforms is to build sites that are platform agnostic using responsive-design and progressive-enhancement techniques.

Responsive design focuses on the use of three design features:

  • Flexible grid-based layout
  • Flexible images and media
  • CSS media queries

Progressive enhancement focuses on establishing a base set of features and then adding functionality as allowed by the visitor’s platform.

Information on both responsive design and progressive enhancement can be found here. Using these practices provides a standards-compliant way of ensuring support in multiple environments as well as future proofing your sites against new platforms.