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Lamovo says

Hi devs

Do you guys have a minute for free to add Firefox 5 to the compatible browsers list under the edit tab?

Apparently, more than half of Firefox 4 users already switched [source].

With shorter browser release cycles it is even more important that one, as an author can convey to a potential buyer that ones item is compatible with the latest version since usage of, and therefore the need for compatibility with the lower versions will decline faster too.

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Lamovo says

Next month version 6 is coming.

What are your plans on the compatible browser list?

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Pixelworkshop says

Same for Chrome, only versions 4 and 5 are listed and the current version is 12.

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Lamovo says
Keliah said
Same for Chrome, only versions 4 and 5 are listed and the current version is 12.

Had a thought about that. Do you know what’s the reasoning behind it?

Only 0.8% of all users still use Chrome 8.0 or lower [source]. And that’s a number spread over 8 versions. This number is so low because most users will let Chrome auto update.

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jwmcpeak says

Playing devil’s advocate. Does it really matter? Scripts that work in the lower versions will work in the later, and the older will still need to be supported.

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sevenspark Moderator says
jwmcpeak said
Playing devil’s advocate. Does it really matter? Scripts that work in the lower versions will work in the later, and the older will still need to be supported.

I don’t know that that’s necessarily true (take IE9 for example – even though I know that’s what not what we’re talking about here).

Regardless, from a buyer perspective, they want to be confident that the product they’re purchasing works with the latest and greatest browsers. Plus, these tags indicate what is supported by the author. Buyers want to know that if things don’t work with Browser 6.x that it’ll be fixed/supported :)

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Lamovo says
jwmcpeak said
Does it really matter?

It does matter. Take a look at Google’s point on support for old browsers: http://www.sitepoint.com/google-drops-support-for-old-browsers/

If any author decides to maintain a similar support pattern, this would mean that within a few major versions , there will be no browser version left to select in the compatible browsers list (except for Opera which has no version number).

What if one decide not to support Chrome 5? Does one not support Chrome 12? Probably one does. Only a prospect won’t know.

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jwmcpeak says

@sevenspark,

IE9 certainly is an example, and that’s one I’d be 100% behind simply because of the drastic changes to how things are rendered in IE9 standards mode.

I see your point regarding purchasers, but at the same time, I think they also are more likely to know the non-IE browsers typically haven’t changed much in their rendering of pages—mostly due to their adherence to the standards.

@dadu,

Google’s support and Envato’s support are two different things. If Envato requires scripts to work in Chrome 5, then authors have to abide by that.

Personally, I think some of the version numbers could be dropped completely and just list Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. One of the points of a standard is to ensure consistency from version to version (if one begins by following the standards, that is). The primary differences between the old and new versions of the aforementioned browsers are primarily non-rendering changes. And with the way some browsers update, users get upgraded regardless if they want it or not.

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Lamovo says
jwmcpeak said
Google’s support and Envato’s support are two different things. If Envato requires scripts to work in Chrome 5, then authors have to abide by that.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as Envato’s support. The author answers the questions, just like the author fixes the bugs and therefore the author is responsible for the support.

jwmcpeak said
If Envato requires scripts to work in Chrome 5, then authors have to abide by that.

If that is true, then there wouldn’t be a need to include Chrome 5 in the compatible browsers list since it wouldn’t be optional.

jwmcpeak said
One of the points of a standard is to ensure consistency from version to version (if one begins by following the standards, that is). The primary differences between the old and new versions of the aforementioned browsers are primarily non-rendering changes.

The standard does change. Take a look at HTML5 . And while you might want to hold back if only one browser does support the technology you want to use, you also don’t want to be held back because one older browser doesn’t support it.

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jwmcpeak says
DADU said
The standard does change. Take a look at HTML5 . And while you might want to hold back if only one browser does support the technology you want to use, you also don’t want to be held back because one older browser doesn’t support it.

I counter that argument by saying HTML5 isn’t a standard yet. Parts of it are standard-ish, but as a whole, it’s not. As for using features found in one version and not the other, that’s where feature detection comes in. In order for acceptance, a suitable substitution must be provided for browsers (required by Code Canyon to be supported) that do not support said feature—which is typically already being done because of IE support.

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