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Getting up to speed with the surfing figures

Despite smug, Luddite, I-told-you-so red-top press reports late last year about how people were deserting the net in droves, home Internet usage in the UK has actually risen by a third - and everybody, including the 3.2 million newbies, is staying online longer, according to the annual report on Internet usage, MMXI. This data raises the spectres of congestion and the lack of site names - which this column has in the past animadverted. But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) now rides to the rescue. Some time this year, it says, you will be able to buy a whole range of web names ending with dot biz, dot museum, dot coop, dot aero, dot name, dot pro, and dot info. I can really see them wanting to buy up BritishRailtimetable. info. On the other hand there is a logic to MillenniumEye. aero because they make the attendants down at County Hall talk about 'flights' rather than the more natural 'goes'. You can imagine the Himmelb(l)au blokes doing something with dot. coop. Me, I am putting in a bid for plain old chicken. coop.

More useful net laws. The second law of the Internet (also the first law of web design) is, of course, speed: download speed, 10 seconds max. The third internet law is a corollary of the second.

It goes: in cyberspace you can't hear them yawn; but just because you can't, it doesn't mean they didn't log off hours ago. The context of the second law of web design is Java applets, animation, sound, clever dick graphics and the like.

It goes: just because you can, it does not mean you have to.

And this week's website? Well it is actually an exhortation to use Google or whatever to check out the many websites relating to SVG (scalable vector graphics). Without going into intricacies, think of a graphics equivalent of Adobe's PDF, the universal portable document file type. It is the future.

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