Originally published August 25, 2005
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is protesting a proposal by the U.S. Copyright Office that may temporarily require online forms to be submitted using only Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser or Netscape browsers, reports ComputerWorld.
The proposal pertains to pre-registration of copyright claims filed with the copyright agency.
"The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 required us to create a pre-registration system for certain works, and we have to have that system up and running by Oct. 24," Huff said. "The system that we're building is being built with commercially available off-the-shelf software from Siebel Systems, and the manufacturer has already tested the software with IE and Netscape and it worked well with those browsers. It may work well with other browsers, but they haven't tested those yet with the version of the Siebel software we're using right now."
While stressing that the W3C is not criticizing Internet Explorer, the W3C officials said the office would be placing limitations on users of the Mac OS, Linux and Unix, who may have incompatible browsers. Cell phone and PDA users and persons with disabilities also may be affected.
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