This result surprised me, really. I thought that it would be much higher. I understand that it is not a worldwide statistics but app. 1/5 of top 5000 sites using Flash is really not a good sign or is it?
Final conclusion, with a so deep penetration of the Flash Player we can only be happy to develop for the Flash Player 😉
The methodology for that study is not clear… here’s what I read there:
“When you lookup a page on BuiltWith, a robot goes off deep into cyberspace and looks at the page in question. It them compares that page with the technology list at BuiltWith.com and if it finds any matches, reports the information to you… BuiltWith.com detects technology by matching substrings of the technology name. If a page contains a matching substring it will report the page as featuring that technology”
After the IE/Eolas issue, many sites write OBJECT/EMBED tags from external .JS files, and there would be no .SWF in the front page’s markup at all.
A crosscheck is to see what Google inventories of the site, rather than the front page’s markup. I don’t know of a way to automate this for many sites, but here’s the basic procedure:
I don’t have all the info on that “builtwith.com” site, but from what they say, the above is what I see.
John, I would go even further and wonder how they evaluate the top 5000 sites? Traffic, popularity, price of an add, ….
For the IE/Eolas, you are totally right.
Your propositions is interesting to crosscheck what Google inventories, but it works only for Swf (not for JS.
What I really want to know is what is the most used technologies.
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