a note about firefox

Firefox is what's termed an "open source" browser. That means the code can be freely copied and added to by anyone who wishes to do so – it's not proprietary and subject to licensing fees or patent protection. While the open source movement, in terms of making software freely available for anyone to improve upon or add to, certainly has merit, the achille's heel for Firefox is that its creators are unwilling to pay the licensing fee to enable use of the industry standard (and patented) MPEG audio/video file types (something that Apple and Microsoft, with their deep pockets, have no qualms about). Consequently, Firefox cannot play, in a browser window, some audio or video that most other common browsers (including Internet Explorer and Safari) can.

Because Firefox has to be considered an ancillary or optional browser – Internet Explorer is part of Windows, and Safari is installed on all Macs – trying to ensure that audio on this site would play in it is not a priority. If you're a Firefox user, I apologize for the inconvenience, and suggest you use one of the other browsers you undoubtedly have installed on your computer. My own priority is ensuring that my professional work is presented in the best light possible consistent with the realities of internet bandwidth, the multitude of devices commonly in use, and the wide range of software and versions extant at any given time.

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