World Wide Web Consortium objects to US Copyright Office’s Internet Explorer-only browser plan

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has written to the US Copyright Office regarding a notice of proposed rulemaking. The notice asks if persons filing electronic-only preregistration forms will experience difficulties if the Office requires them to use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser. W3C comments to the Copyright Office suggest that requiring a single browser is inappropriate for government services and encourages the Office to pursue standards-based access in accordance with US Federal policy.

In the letter, W3C states that the “proposed single-vendor preregistration service will exclude large classes of potential users.” W3C writes, “While a large proportion of the marketplace uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer to browse the Web, certain classes of users will find it either impossible or extremely inconvenient to do so. Of the three popular desktop computing platforms in use at the present — Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, and Linux/Unix — the latest versions of Internet Explorer are only available for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems.”

Read the full letter here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bravo, W3C! Contact the The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress (which interestingly works perfectly fine with Apple’s Safari borwser) here:

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  1. For not having any power they certinally have alot to say. Hopefully they will listen! Hopefully someone in the goverment will give them some sort of power to help with standards in the broad stroke

  2. Well it would seem that the copywrite office just needs to get there act together a little quicker than they anticipated. Restricting access to an office that everyone needs access to is rediculous and they need to spend the money and do it right the first time so the access for everyone is there.

  3. I already got a response. It is pitiful:

    We have received an email from you regarding the
    proposed rulemaking on electronic-only preregistration.
    The comments you submitted cannot be considered because
    they were in the form of email. As the instructions in
    the Copyright Office’s Federal Register notice state,
    comments can be delivered to the Copyright Office by the
    following means:

    If hand delivered by a private party, an original and five
    copies of any comment should be brought to Room LM-401
    of the James Madison Memorial Building between 8:30 a.m.
    and 5 p.m. and the envelope should be addressed as follows:
    Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office, James
    Madison Memorial Building, Room LM-401, 101 Independence
    Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000. If hand delivered
    by a commercial courier, an original and five copies of any
    comment must be delivered to the Congressional Courier
    Acceptance Site located at Second and D Streets, NE.,
    Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The envelope
    should be addressed as follows: Copyright Office General
    Counsel, Room LM-403, James Madison Memorial Building, 101
    Independence Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. If sent by mail,
    an original and five copies of any comment should be
    addressed to: Copyright GC/ I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Southwest
    Station, Washington, DC 20024-0400. Comments may not be
    delivered by means of overnight delivery services such as
    Federal Express, United Parcel Service, etc., due to delays
    in processing receipt of such deliveries.

    If you wish to submit comments, we strongly urge that you
    first read the entire notice of proposed rulemaking published
    July 22 (available on the Copyright office website at as
    well as the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking
    published Aug. 4 (available on the Copyright office website

  4. The U.S. Copyright Office should tear up the contract they have with Siebel, which is the CRM they are using. Either that or wait for Siebel 7.8 which will add support for Firefox. But there lies the problem. Web based software shouldn’t have to add support for a browser. It should be written to support the W3C XHTML 1.0 standards. If the browser doesn’t support it, tough.

  5. Jeez, I’m surprised that that reply letter from the Copyright office didn’t ask for your letter to be carved into five separate stone tablets and then hand delivered. Ugh! Bureaucracy sucks!

    Magic Word: “Who gives a shit!”

  6. “I’m surprised that that reply letter from the Copyright office didn’t ask for your letter to be carved into five separate stone tablets and then hand delivered.”

    Don’t give them any ideas.

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