Parliment House Webcasting - limited access through proprietary formats
mark at purcell.homeip.net
Tue Feb 19 15:11:08 EST 2002
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Dear Parliament House Webcast manager,
I am writing to express my concern in the limits to access you have placed on
the Parliament house web casts by choosing to only provide these broadcasts
in Microsoft Windows Media Player format. As detailed at
Microsoft Windows Media Player format is a proprietary media format which can
only be decoded by indivuals who have purchased and licensed the proprietary
Microsoft Windows operating system and then downloaded the 'free' media
player component of Microsoft Windows.
I and many other have chosen open software and open standards for the
provision of a comprehensive computing operating system, without being tied
to proprietary standards and formats. Indeed the governments of South
Africa, United Kingdom and Germany are also investigating the value of open
software and open standards in Government.
For the Parliament house webcasts in question, other webcasting services
choose to provide both Windows Media Player and RealPlayer format, for which
players are freely available for non-Microsoft platforms.
I hope that you will receive these comments positively as an attempt to
further expand the availability of your information.
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