Thursday, September 08, 2005

IE 6 Required for FEMA Online Applications

According to Computerworld, FEMA's web site requires Internet Explorer 6.0 for their applications. I found this on the FEMA web site:
The Online registration requires Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.0 or above. If you do not have Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, you may still be able to access the Individual Assistance Center where you can check the status of your application and update your information.
Is this a big deal? Maybe not. I would hope that most libraries that are providing Internet access for the evacuees have kept their software updated. As most public libraries have had help from the Gates Library Foundation, Internet Explorer is probably available. However, many schools use Macintoshes and many citizens don't upgrade to the latest and greatest because what they have, e.g., IE 5.0, works just fine. I just found it interesting that the federal government is being proprietary in the browser and operating system that has to be used in an emergency situation. [from Computerworld]

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