Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2007 19:50 UTC, submitted by juno_106
Opera Software "Back in January we added the ability to report usage of different features and preferences so we could learn more about how the browser is used in general. First we invited you, our weekly users to help us and in 9.2 we started asking one in 100 users if they want to participate. We would like to share some of our findings with you."
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Some interesting revelations
by sbergman27 on Fri 6th Jul 2007 23:29 UTC
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# A preference we added by popular request, the ability to turn on Fit to Width by default is used by 0.0%

Wow. Features most requested by users are not necessarily used, once actually provided. Now *that* is an issue worth looking into, and of significance to other projects, as well.

# You're not left-handed p: Well... the option to flip the buttons for mouse gestures is used by only 1% of those who enabled mouse gestures, which possibly indicates that many left-handed users prefer a right-handed mouse setup.

As a "left-handed" person, I would point out that few people are truly left handed. Most left handed people write with their left hands (which is pretty much the definition) and use whatever hand is convenient for most other things. When I was in elementary school, my mother used to insist upon getting me those damned "lefty" scisors for art class. Never could cut a thing with them and I often ended up borrowing someone else's normal scissors.

# JavaScript and Plugins are both used by more than 99% by default

As an advocate of web applications, I'm glad to see this. f--k people who turn javascript off. They should *expect* the modern web to be broken for them. Web developers should not waste valuable time and energy catering to them.

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