Readers Respond: High Stakes for Standards
Readers respond to the eWEEK editorial, "High Stakes for Standards."Im not sure I can go along with Jim Rapozas proposition that some FEMA developer was "lazy" in not accommodating more browsers than Internet Explorer (Tech Directions, "High Stakes for Standards" or "FEMAs IE-Only Form: Just What Katrina Victims Dont Need," Sept. 19.) Im no shill for Microsoft and no apologist for FEMA [which Rapoza took to task for making its request-for-assistance form accessible only by IE 6.0 or higher browsers]. I am a business development manager for a fairly significant software company and have to deal with many issues when determining how to bring a product to market (or to the public, in any case) and where to direct efforts to maximize benefit for our customer base. Decisions have to be made that balance budget and resources against market realities.
Go to any electronics storeWindows apps and hardware account for 80 to 90 percent of the inventory. If you want to get maximum application/content coverage, its obvious: Write for Windows first.