FEMA, Microsoft Tiptoe Toward Open Standards
Opinion: Federal agency announces it will make its Web site compatible with non-IE browsers. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also accommodating alternatives to Internet Explorer at some sites.Strange, strange things are afoot in the land of open standards. First, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showed that it could be as incompetent on the Web as it was on the ground in New Orleans by making it so hurricane victims couldnt apply for aid unless they were using Internet Explorer. Then it said it would make its site truly Web browser-friendly, rather than just IE-friendly. "Currently, to complete your application online, you must be using Microsofts Internet Explorer 6.0 or above. We are in the process of modifying the application so that it will be available to additional browsers," reads the site currently.
Of course, this is FEMA. It still doesnt work with Firefox 1.06 on my SUSE Linux 9.3 box. Now that I think about it: Since this is FEMA, the fix may be ready by say ... 2007?