You never make a case for what is the standard. Is your contention that there should be no such thing as a “standard” and that one should consider all probable browsers? What does that look like in practice? In my annual roadmap for 2018 major development projects, do I ignore PWA because it’s what Chrome is pushing or do I find a way of giving it 59% consideration?
Web standards are a thing that have existed for years.
Unfortunately web developers jumping on the band wagon for “we only support X” is also a thing that has existed for years.
I would contend that browser implementations have driven web innovation a lot more effectively than web standards agencies. Standards agencies gave us the wrong box model, the never-implemented CSS2, the dead end of XHTML. The web only started innovating again with the WhatWG takeover, which was effectively a coup where browser makers displaced the standards agency.
Browsers implement features, websites use them, they get standardised once they’ve proven themselves in practice rather than before. That’s the model that works, and using new features that chrome (or anyone else) has implemented, as and when those new features are useful to you as a web designer, is part of that.
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Such questions/statements are weird. Do you, for example, give Firefox the same consideration as Chrome for German customers? http://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share/desktop/germany
Note: NetMarketShare only gives you global statistics unpaid and hides others behind a paywall. I assume most companies don’t pay for that and don’t do proper research of their actual target audience.
The question is a rather broad one: Do we, as an industry, want to support one of the biggest and most nosy software companies in taking over one of the crown jewels of the free web? The users client?
Yes, that’s a hard question to answer day to day, when features have to be implemented and budgets are thin. It still has to be answered.
We have more control over the situation then it might seem. This is how Firefox won the browser war back then: users recommending other users not to use the monopoly browser. Yes, you can totally ignore what Chrome is pushing for and deliver a great product.
I don’t think Firefox ever won the browser war; at its peak it still had significantly lower marketshare than IE.
Firefox never aimed for dominance, but for breaking dominance. Winning is not “getting to the highest market share”.
Firefox also had multiple target markets where it was the dominant browser for a couple of years.
This whole idea that you have to be on slot 1 in a market with multiple billions of users to be winning is absurd.
Sounds like you are trying to redefine win to mean succeed.