[NAFEX] Getting the word out WAS Re: NNGA membership declines
road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Mon Jul 2 14:07:29 EDT 2007
On Jul 2, 2007, at 8:40 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
> The issue would be to insist your library has more current equipment,
> they maintain the software updates better. If you went into the
> library and
> they only had last months (last years) newspapers you would complain.
> same rule should apply to computers in libraries.
I think that Tanis was using her own computer, not the library's.
I'm sure libraries would be happy to update equipment if you will
donate it to them. Most smaller libraries are struggling for money to
stay open more than a few hours a week. Many of them do get computers
donated, often by computer companies, and some get broadband access
donated; but they can't often go to the donaters and say "We must have
new equipment! Right now!" (Yes, the money factor also limits how many
newspapers and magazines they carry; and many of the magazines in my
local library are also donated, some of them a week or so late so the
original subscriber can read them first).
I doubt that it's essentially impossible to design sites that will do
tricks for those as like them but will still function as basic pages
for those who don't want to spend all their time and money updating
their computers and their computer knowledge. What needs to be gotten
across to the site designers is that both sorts of people are online.
There are also a lot of people online who have only slow telephone line
modem access; and many who have trouble reading colored print against
fancy design background.
I have seen sites designed to give the user choices in size and types
of files, choices of music or no music, of plain text or lots of
graphics; so it must be possible to do so. Why not aim for the largest
audience, instead of writing off either those who want/need it simple
or those who think that simple is boring?
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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