[PLUG-TALK] There Oughta' Be A Law

Paul Heinlein heinlein at madboa.com
Tue Mar 1 11:05:03 PST 2011

On Tue, 1 Mar 2011, Rich Shepard wrote:

> There ought to be a law that requires government Web sites, at all 
> levels of government, to be usable by _any_ friggin' Web browser, 
> not just Internet Exploder. So far I've discovered that Multnomah 
> County's Assessors Office maps (or is that via Metro?) are no longer 
> firefox-accessible but require bending over to Microsoft by using 
> their software. Same with the US Geological Survey's National 
> Hydrographic Dataset.
> If public tax money is used to develop and maintain these sites they 
> should be available to all, and not just to those paying for 
> proprietary OSes and browsers. Yes, sometimes Opera works, but such 
> restrictions are just plain wrong.

I agree with the premise of your complaint, but I'd add the caveat the 
the test NOT be usability by a certain number of browsers (what about 
Mozilla 2 or lynx 0.65?) but by meeting standards.

That is, public sites ought to be developed against an explicit 
standard, e.g., HTML 4.

Otherwise, the tail (browser) wags the dog.

Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/

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