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Dear Editor:
I would like to make a comment regarding the use of Netscape Browser on ILW.COM. As a matter of choice, I am using an "ancient" (your word) version of Netscape 4.7 because I have downloaded 6.0 and then 7.0 (more recently and am sending this email with 7.0) but have had problems / bugs with both of these versions and so, have returned to 4.7 which works just fine. I also have Explorer (which I do not prefer to use). As far as upgrading and entering the "21st century," I will certainly do so when Netscape and other software manufacturers can get their acts together and produce a product that their users can access the first time without problems. Until then, I obviously, will use the program that I am comfortable with and which, at the very least, works. I understand your site's need to upgrade, however, you must realize that there will be a number of your subscribers who will find accessing your site with older versions impossible, and thus, will go elsewhere for their immigration information.

Jessica LeBeau

Editor's Note: While we are not experts on Netscape issues, we do believe that Netscape 7.02 (not Netscape 7.0) is robust and unlike Netscape 6.0 which we understand had many bugs. Netscape 4.7 is undoubtedly a robust browser; however, it lacks many features and improvements that this category of software has seen over the past several years. We also understand that Netscape 7.02 may be the last version of Netscape. According to our statistics, even prior to our website redesign in late 2002, Netscape users (all versions) were in the low single digit percentages of our website visitors. We believe that this number is in line with the experience of many other websites. We once again urge those of our readers using older versions of Netscape to consider upgrading to Netscape 7.02 or Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.