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Phila.gov must be fully compatible with more web browsers than Internet Explorer: new Bill Green legislation

In Philly, you can pay your city taxes online, but only if you have Internet Explorer. Councilman Bill Green wants to change that. Yesterday, Green introduced a bill requiring all city websites to be compatible with several other popular browsers  like Chrome, Firefox and Safari. “It’s a shame we have to have a bill for […]

Councilman Bill Green has long been a champion of paperless government.

Councilman Bill Green has long been a champion of paperless government.

In Philly, you can pay your city taxes online, but only if you have Internet Explorer.

Councilman Bill Green wants to change that.

Yesterday, Green introduced a bill requiring all city websites to be compatible with several other popular browsers  like Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

“It’s a shame we have to have a bill for this,” said Green, a predicted mayoral candidate for 2015.

Since championing paperless government early in his council career and introducing in April 2011 a wide-ranging government transparency plan, neither of which found much traction in council, Green has seen Mayor Nutter land an Open Data Executive Order.

Pointing out the inflexibility of Phila.gov is a long-running joke among many around city services, so this legislation could be seen as a small way by Green to remind how many city IT basics are left undone.

For more, check out this City Paper story.

Updated 3:33 10/12/12 to add link to City Paper story.

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