Amendment to the Bill of Rights

I hereby suggest that my country’s Bill of Rights be amended. If the Bill of Rights is about freedom then there is one amendment seriously lacking (no offense to our forefathers they could not have seen this coming). Freedom of browser, web browser that is. I am not one of those open source fanatics that insists you only use Firefox or Opera but I do insist you allow me the right to choose my browser and have your site work correctly in it.

Gone are the days of only one name in the game. It is time for the web-so-called-masters to wake up. Code to web standards and not only will your site work in the browser of my choice but it can be accessible by all. It isn’t that hard to do. Why on earth would you limit the audience you are trying to reach? Are you that ignorant to think that only Internet Explorer is the only choice out there? Come to the Howard County Library and you’ll find it isn’t even an option. We prefer a much more secure (but not completely invulnerable) Firefox, Flock or Opera. Try convincing all the Mac users out there that use Safari or Firefox on their Macs. If you still think that IE is the only game in town you haven’t been looking lately.

I am completely frustrated by sites that “work best in ….” or “must use Internet Explorer only” (like the Baltimore County web site).   If properly coded your site will work best in ANY BROWSER!  I find it insulting that in this day and age of enlightenment and choice there are still those who think that limiting a site to a browser (or god forbid an operating system) is making the right choice.  Keep on making sites that only work in one browser and I’ll (among others) will keep not using your site.

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3 Responses to Amendment to the Bill of Rights

  1. Victoria says:

    I think that this Bill of Rights Amendment should actually include all Browsers themselves recognizing WC3 coding.

    Why should web ‘masters’ have to code for multiple browsers? The browsers can still have their whirligigs, just all standardize for the coding!!!

  2. mlibrarianus says:

    I think they need to code to meet standards and those standards should work in the browser of choice. Thank you for mentioning the WC3. I usually mention them and forgot in my rant. Forget all the flashy whirligigs just give me a web site that works because it’s been coded properly and not specifically for one browser.

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