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% 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 via online searches or on sites such as http://www.alistapart.com. Using these practices provides a standards-compliant way of ensuring support in multiple environments as well as future proofing your sites against new platforms.