[PLUG-TALK] There Oughta' Be A Law

MJang mike at linuxexam.com
Tue Mar 1 11:31:18 PST 2011

On Tue, 2011-03-01 at 10:59 -0800, 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 I understand right, MS-only stuff is supposedly against the policy of
at least MultCo, and possibly Metro (though info is scanty there).

Multnomah Co just dumped MS -

and supposedly, Metro is working an open source project 

If you can discover which authority is the problem, it seems like an
issue for appropriate elected representatives. (Jeff Cogan chairs
MultCo, Tom Hughes is Metro Pres.)


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