[WEB4LIB] OCLC new Browser req.

Thomas Dowling tdowling at ohiolink.edu
Thu Feb 11 13:22:43 EST 1999

It has been almost two and half years since the first official release of
Navigator 3.0.  By the time OCLC cuts over to the new FirstSearch, it will
be one month short of three years, and almost exactly two years since the
official release of 4.0.  Obviously, some clarification about
functionality from OCLC is needed--how can it work in Lynx 1.6 but not
Navigator 3.01?  what attempts did they even make at backward
compatibility?--but how long is long enough for a generation of software
in this business?

Thomas Dowling
OhioLINK - Ohio Library and Information Network
tdowling at ohiolink.edu

----- Original Message -----
From: Lin Light <holight at lakeland.lib.mi.us>
To: Multiple recipients of list <web4lib at webjunction.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 1999 12:53 PM
Subject: [WEB4LIB] OCLC new Browser req.

>Netscape 3.01 does enable java and it is one of the easiest browsers to
>secure up for public use as a PAC.
>Now some libraries will offer both First Search and PAC access at the
>same workstation, I know that is what we are planning to do.  Now, if
>OCLC is going to require a newer version of Netscape or IE, then all
>these workstations will need to be reconfigured.  AGAIN. and AGAIN and
>AGAIN.  At some point a standard must be reached and maintained long
>enough so some of us can get other work done. Reconfiguring workstations
>simply to comply with a somewhat new version must cost libraries
>millions across the country.  Do we really have the resources available
>for such a chase?
>Lin Light
>Head of
>Technical Services/Automation
>Herrick District Library
>300 S. River Ave.
>Holland, MI 49423
>llight at lakeland.lib.mi.us

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