jQuery has been extensively used across many browsers, from Internet Explorer 6 through the latest mobile browsers. “It just works,” Sharp said. “jQuery works without the developer having to conduct additional testing to work around individual browser problems. Additionally jQuery is HTML5 ready and can be leveraged to innovate in that space.”
“jQuery by nature has a simple syntax that makes it easy to learn,” Hostetler said. “This ease of use is a major reason for jQuery’s rapid adoption, in addition to the fact that it is open source instead of a proprietary product, like Flash. In just five years it has surpassed Adobe Flash, which has been around since 1996.”
“jQuery’s growth has been phenomenal. The fact that it’s used on so many of the world’s top websites is a testimony to the outstanding work of the jQuery team,” said Steve Souders, Web performance expert and creator of HTTP Archive.
The list of 17,000 top websites that HTTP Archive uses is generated from the following lists: Alexa 500, Alexa US 500, Alexa 10,000, Fortune 500, Global 500 and Quantcast10K.