Commercial suppliers of primary antibodies for given protein targets typically list recommended applications, for which the antibody has presumably been shown to work. I am usually looking to use them for immunofluorescence, and my impression (which admittedly may be based on an unrepresentative sample) is that most antibodies are recommended only for use with Western Blotting.
Why is this? Is WB the most common application? The most general? Is it easier to test for than IF?
And, perhaps more to the point, how seriously should one take these recommendations? If an antibody is not recommended for IF, does that mean that it probably won't work? Or that it may well but no-one's bothered to check? Or that it almost certainly will?