Rai discriminates against minorities
This morning I woke up with a great desire to start the year 2011 in the name of the realization of good intentions. Thus, since a few months I feel the need to pay special attention to the food I eat, I wanted to revisit an episode of Report aired a few weeks ago and spoke of consumption, GDP and groups of people who are organized in communities to self-produce a part of the food they eat in accordance with the principles of sustainability. Actually I do not remember exactly, nor the name of these organizations, nor exactly how they were organized at the level of self-production and for this reason I wanted to review the episode of Report. I wanted ... but I belong to the "ethnic minority-informatics" of users of GNU / Linux and I can not see the streaming site RAI!
Actually it is not the first time that I can not view the video on the website of RAI. Even during the World Cup it was impossible to watch the games aired by public TV streaming on your website if you are connected via a browser launched by GNU / Linux; and always for the same reason: Rai uses Microsoft Silverlight for which is not released a version for GNU / Linux platform. Okay, you say, but there is the alternative Open Source: Novell and Microsoft, in fact, develop the plugin free " Moonlight "which, they say the same Novell and Microsoft, would represent the implementation Open for GNU / Linux just in Silverlight ... shame that the stable version of Moonlight is not developed to be compatible with the latest versions of Silverlight!
The problem, mind you, not about the choices of Microsoft and Novell on the priority to be given to the development of a plugin rather than another. The problem is that the RAI, as a public service, should ensure that ALL the opportunity to take advantage of its services and to those few who, like me, do not use nor systems opearativi home Mircosoft, neither Apple operating systems. The reason is simple: everyone pays the fee, even those like me who belong to "minority computing" and then they all have equal right to have access to all the services of the RAI.
It would be really interesting if it did apply the principle that any public service, also not made available from a web site of a Public Administration, should respect the rules of accessibility and usability intended precisely to the websites of public administrations. In this way, for example, and to understand the importance that the practical application of such a principle would mean, even the websites of the companies for the urban and suburban transport subsidized by the institutions to provide a public service, would be forced to make their own websites respectful of the principles established for those of PP.AA ..
Meanwhile, all directors of websites providing public service, beginning with those who have the responsibility to manage the website of RAI, I recommend reading the book " The websites of government "written by his friend Ernesto Belisario , Gianluigi Cogo and Roberto Scano . I am sure that the information you will find in the book will be an excellent starting point to make their Web sites accessible to everyone, including minorities computer.
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