Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 15 Feb 2001
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From: bede For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: ird I have little trust in the irds response, its just too fishy to believe, call me a conspirist but really how would the story the ird present be possibly true? unless the ird hosts internal homepages for its users how could a link to an auction site be in the ird's system? goverment departments are renowed for spending a million or so dollars on "Pens and Pencils" in there annual budgets is the ird really attemping to save money? gosh how come we never herd the pr man put out the release "ird to use local auction sites for procurment" like any other department would spin out on a regular basis I personally would have to go down to ird check over there system and database to see what was going on before I could believe the story presented From: The Hobbit For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: How many people use Netscape? Bruce, you appear to be falling into the same trap as you acuse others of doing and misleading your readers - on the very page you link to from todays rant reads the following.. "Before you read these stats, its very important that you know where these numbers came from. First things first, this is a representation of browser usage for people who visit BrowserWatch, nothing more, nothing less." Which kind of flies in the face of your statement that "21 percent of Net users still rely on good old Netscape as their preferred browser" The "good **old** netscape" (my ** ) is not in fact differentiated in the figures given and instead appears to lump any browser identifying itself as of the Netscape flavour all together (as it does for IE which, at 64 percent is still over 3x the above usage of your beloved browser. The fact that only 2 percent of the NEtscapes recorded may be of a 3.x vintage in unclear - they may all be 4.xx and slightly less picky about code than their predecessor. (Personally I like picky browsers - but then I'll occasionally do some coding). Many websites will identify the people they expect to use their site, and if they expect most to visit with IE, then it's their call as to if they bother regression testing against older browsers or NS/Opera types. It doesn't make the site any worse than others, just not as accessible to people browsing with IE (in much the same way that me running a fruit and vege shop with the signs printed only in Samoan, or japanese or whatever would restrict my customer base - sure you may not understand the language but you may or may not be able to make out how much the banannas are so it doesn't necessarly exclude you from shopping there.Now Have Your Say
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