Why disable access to software features?
duda at library.ucsb.edu
Thu Nov 2 18:13:17 EST 1995
On Thu, 2 Nov 1995, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
> Remind me why we, as librarians, would like to disable access to some of the
> software's features. I thought librarians were interested in free and equal
> access to information?
I know that when we've discussed the issue here there were some concerns
with making Netscape available for public use.
One concern was that students would tie up the limited number of Netscape
computers by using them to telnet to their e-mail accounts. The problem,
of course, is that disabling telnet means they can't use telnet links on
web pages either.
I believe that kiosk mode eliminates the ability to save bookmarks, mail
documents, or print documents. It was the limitation on mailing and
printing that caused us to decide not to use the kiosk mode. The whole
point in making the web available to our patrons was to allow them to
access the information available. If they can't print it or save it,
there's not much point in providing access to it.
Andrea L. Duda
Networked Information Access Coordinator
University of California, Santa Barbara
Internet: duda at library.ucsb.edu
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