Rai discriminates against minorities
This morning I woke up with a strong desire to start the year 2011 in the name of the implementation of good intentions. So, 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 have organized themselves into community to self-produce some of the food they eat in accordance with the principles of sustainability. To be honest I do not remember exactly, nor the names 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 would have liked ... but I belong to the "minority ethnic computing" 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 television streaming on their website if you are connecting via a web browser launched by GNU / Linux; and for the same reason: Rai uses Microsoft's Silverlight for which there is a release for GNU / Linux platform. Okay, you say, but there is an Open Source alternative: Novell and Microsoft, in fact, develop the free plugin " Moonlight "which, they say the same Novell and Microsoft, would be implementing Open for GNU / Linux Silverlight ... just too bad 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 Microsoft and Novell on the priority to be given to the development of a plugin rather than another. The problem is that RAI, as a public service, should ensure that ALL the possibility of using the its services and to those few who, like me, do not use nor systems opearativi home Mircosoft nor Apple operating systems. The reason is simple: everyone pays the fee, even those like me who belong to "minorities computer" and then everyone has an equal right to have access to all the services of RAI.
It would be really interesting if it did apply the principle that any public service, but not made available from a website of a public administration must meet the standards of accessibility and usability intended precisely to the websites of public administrations. In this way, by way of example and to understand the practical importance of the 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, they would be forced to make their own websites respect the principles laid down for those of PP.AA ..
In the meantime, to all directors of websites that provide public service, beginning with those who have the responsibility of managing the website of RAI, I recommend reading the book " The websites of the government , "written by his friend Ernesto Belisario , Gianluigi Cogo and Roberto Scano . I am sure that the information you will find in the book can be a good starting point to make their Web sites accessible to all, including minorities computer.
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