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Specifiers are turning away from CD ROMs and making increasing use of the Internet, The Barbour Report 2002 finds.

Taking as its subject 'Exploring the web as an information tool', it finds that use of CDs has fallen from 84 per cent of specifiers in 2001 to 58 per cent today. In contrast,87 per cent of specifiers use the Internet, up slightly from 85 per cent.And 60 per cent of those users have a high-speed connection.

The study found a combination of willingness and frustration among specifiers. Half refer to the Internet for product information at least once a week, but 36 per cent of specifiers cite the lack of usable information as the main factor limiting their use of the Internet.

Some 50 per cent of specifiers say that they give a website less than three minutes before giving up on it.To find out more about the report, and how to get copies, go to the industry research section of www. barbourexpert. com

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