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New Copyright Office service IE only?

updated 11:20 am EDT, Fri August 12, 2005

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The U.S. Copyright Office has solicited opinions on a planned . The office invited comments through Aug. 22 on an upcoming Web service for prospective copyright owners that may launch with support for only limited browsers. "At this point in the process of developing the Copyright Office's system for online preregistration, it is not entirely clear whether the system will be compatible with Web browsers other than Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 5.1 and higher," the office said in its notice. "In order to ensure that preregistration can be implemented in a smoothly functioning and timely manner, the office now seeks comments that will assist it in determining whether any eligible parties will be prevented from preregistering a claim due to browser requirements of the preregistration system."

by MacNN Staff





  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What creepy CFO with his MS Certifacation jerk off is coming up with this idea.

    Websites that do not fully embrace all platforms and browsers are designed by lazy sloppy programmers. Period.

    Embrace open web standards. We are not talking programs or applications here. We are talking about internet browsers for god sakes.

  1. Richard Cassidy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What planet are they on.

    This is spectacularly shortsighted. I feel a petition or some such to lobby them and positively explain about standards is in order.

  1. milhouse

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It sounds a foolhardy and beurocratic but they do say that other browsers will be supported at a later date.

    Safari has a VERY small user base in comparison to x86 IE and the fact is that even browsers on the same platform can implement "standards" differently.

    We should thank our lucky open-source that Mozilla is alive and well on the Mac platform (assuming that it is supported).

    S*cks to be "different" sometimes. ;-)

  1. Sondjata

    Joined: Dec 1969


    tax payers

    isn't this a government operated org? The same govt. that requires "accesibilies?"

  1. PBG4 User

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Read The Article

    This is a limitation in the Seibel software version they're using. So it's really either Seibel's fault or it's the gov't's fault for selecting Seibel software. Seibel does resolve this issue in v7.8 (gov't using v7.1) but for the article to say no other CRM provider gives non IE support is misleading. PeopleSoft supports IE, FF and Safari. So if PeopleSoft, which was a much smaller co. before being swallowed by Oracle can do it, why can't Seibel?

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    isn't about safari...

    folks, it is not that difficult to make web apps that support modern browsers on all platforms. we do it every day. simply follow standards, and implement a few hacks as needed to support errant browsers (read- IE). the differences between browsers these days is not like it used to be.

    just avoid ActiveX you lazy frigging windows (web-wannabe) programmers!

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Your tax dollars at work

    ... by your elected officials.

    'nuff said.

  1. just a poster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft stands a

    convicted antitrust violator aka guilty of felony violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act. It is unreasonable, improper and against the law for a taxpayer-funded government agency to require people who use its services to use a corporate felon's product so long as any alternative is still available.

  1. outsourced

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thanks to PBG4_User for supplying the software compatibility information. Makes sense, but I was going to blame it on the bureaucracy.

    Well...I will anyway. It's another govt c***-up.

  1. drdocument

    Joined: Dec 1969


    We need a law?

    Write your senators and congressmen and urge them to pass a law that no government or government-funded agency can require any citizen to do business with an illegal monopoly (as the US Court of Appeals has found Microsoft to be).

    If they simply comply with web standards, browsers are not a problem.

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