Accessible government sites - is it so?
nyh at math.technion.ac.il
Sun Jan 13 11:14:25 IST 2008
On Sat, Jan 12, 2008, Shachar Raindel wrote about "Accessible government sites - is it so?":
> While surfing the ministry of transportation site, I tried to access
> their online forms (for example:
> http://firstname.lastname@example.org )
> I was surprised to find out that:
> A. it required accessing using Internet Explorer 6 on Windows based OS
> - what should people who use non-Microsoft based OS do in such case?
I can (barely) understand ignorant web designers who simply don't know that
anything other than IE exists. What drives me crazy are those who know that
other browsers exist, and delibrately choose to screw them.
One such example of a government site I saw was the airport authority's site
(www.iaaa.gov.il). The site mostly appear to work well, and even the fancy
this site's users come from: the flight schedule. When I tried it a few days
ago, instead of the result list, I got a "This site was designed for IE 5.5
and above" message. How hard would it have been to show the search results
instead of this stupid message??? If everything in the site's interactive
list (most likely, a simply textual list) that couldn't be properly displayed
on Firefox? Finally, if you know that non-IE browsers exist, how hard was it
to try them, instead of programming in a special "screw you" message for the
users of these browsers?
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