HTML5 Proliferation Amongst Alexa Top Sites

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During this month’s eCommerce survey which found Magento as the most popular eCommerce software, I added some one-off signatures to look for use of HTML5 in the Alexa top 1 million sites. In total, I found 36,080 sites that were using features of HTML5.

33,813 sites were using the new doctype. While this may seem like a lot, it is only 3.4% of the top million sites according to Alexa.

<!DOCTYPE html>

14,125 sites were using elements new to HTML5, these can be identified on w3schools.

1,769 were using Remy Sharp’s HTML5 enabling script which can be found hosted on Google Code.

<!--[if lt IE 9]>
<script src=""></script>

I thought about making this post another one along the lines of “Why you should be using HTML5 now”, but I realised that wasn’t necessary, there are enough of those around already. Hence, I’ve just given you the figures so that you can draw your own conclusions.

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