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More on the UK Government Gateway's Exclusionary Ways

May 31, 2001, 14:30 (39 Talkback[s])

LinuxUser, the magazine that broke the story about the UK Government gateway, has made a copy of their article available. The previous link we included was to the Register: the linked item is the original article. In addition, we have a PDF of the rationale provided for the gateway's current policies regarding assorted platforms and browsers. The statement includes some statistics on browser and OS traffic the site's received to this point.

Among the points of interest in the rationale statement are the breakdown of visiting browsers and operating systems. According to the document, Internet Explorer in assorted versions represents over 70% of the traffic the site receives. Netscape Navigator 4 claims just over 11%, as does the "Not Specified" category. Opera, Netscape 6, and "Others" all claim less than 1% apiece.

In terms of operating system traffic, Windows NT/98/95 represent approximately 75%; MacOS represents under 1.5%, and Linux represents 0.38%.

According to the rationale statement, the "Office of the e-envoy," which oversees the gateway, will be providing funding "some activity by the open source community" to address connectivity issues.

Rationale Statement (PDF format, ~75k) (xpdf has problems showing this, gv works)
LinuxUser's report

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