I was wondering if it would be fun to compile a list of "worst Irish
website" from a GNU/Linux point of view. There would be four categories
* Government - waste of our money category,
* Private companies - waste of their money category,
* General - waste of time category,
* Special worst tech website category.
The Government category would include all the county councils, RTE,
Gardai, universities etc...
The Private category would include all websites owned by Irish
companies, not limited to the .ie domain.
The General category includes Irish sites not in the previous two
The Special category includes Irish tech companies, tech institutions
(such as linux.ie) etc...
What the sites would be marked on:
* Firefox and Konqueror compatability: This covers all the main
GNU/Linux browsers. I use Epiphany, which is based on Gecko, which we
all know is the same rendering engine that Firefox uses. If a site
doesn't work in these browsers, it's bad.
* links/lynx compat: It'd be nice if the site was usable through the
venerable text browsers.
* Documents: A website distributing documents in closed formats lose.
Closed formats are MS Word, Powerpoint, Corel WordPerfect etc... open
formats are PDF, RTF, OASIS OpenDocument.
* Media: A website containing multimedia in a closed format lose.
Closed media formats are WMA, Flash, Quicktime, RealAudio/Video etc...
open formats are OGG Vorbis and Theora. Mp3 is a half mark.
Some people may argue that the documents and media classifications are
incorrect as we can open MS Word and RealAudio/Flash on GNU/Linux. My
answer is that we don't have the MS Word spec, so it's not fully
compatible. In the case of RealAudio/Flash, one can download players
for these formats on ia32 and amd64, but not on the other 14 or so
platforms supported by the Linux kernel...thus they don't work under
Linux just on Linux/ia32.
It's just a bit of fun in no way promoted by the ILUG
mafia^H^H^H^H^Hcouncil of elders. So at last...a thread to flame people
who probably aren't listening...
Oh yeah, award the website a mark from 0 to 10. 10 for perfectly
compatible (we shouldn't see any of these marks) and 0 for abysmal.
Aidan Delaney email: adelaney at cs.nuim.ie
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