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Re: Legal requirements RE: statistics

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 20:31:57 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200201162031.g0GKVvX05139@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> responsible for the internet experience of this one person.  I would also
> say that, in the U.S., you can get current copies of IE or Netscape almost
> anywhere.  You don't have to download them.  And I know for a fact that many

The problem with latest version browsers is that they need latest spec 
machines.  They also don't run on web TV boxes or kiosks!  It is the
hardware (and people with the (admittedly minimal, but not to many) 
skils and confidence to mess about with the configuration of the machines.
Also businesses with large numbers of PCs may not want to face the support
costs of a change in the software on all the PCs, unless they are buying
a new, web browser based, business application.  Generally changing software
breaks things and you can't fall back on the supplier.

I can think of an elderly person who could benefit from being on the net.
Currently they don't have the confidence to use the machine they have
been given at all, but they would have to be using it heavily before they
would consider upgrading it from 16MB and 1GB and Win95, and would
consider attempts by others to upgrade it as unwanted charity.  If they
get a significant upgrade, it will be a handme down, which will not 
be up to the specs needed by the then current browsers.
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2002 17:10:52 GMT

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