Website....???? Web-what, sorry?!?

This one has been doing the rounds a lot this past week. And in typical style (where I’ve last seen it mentioned), it’s been grossly misreported.

So what’s it all about? Basically, a judge said the following: “The trouble is I don’t understand the language. I don’t really understand what a website is.” Naturally, many people have been very keen to jump on the bandwagon and point to this as being another example of a crusty, old out-of-touch judge needing some very simple, ordinarily-obvious thing explaining as though he was 5 years old or had just beamed down from an alien spaceship.

Actually, as it turns out, the judge is very computer-literate and has taken in-court notes on a laptop for several years. By asking for clarification, he claims, he was merely seeking clarity for the benefit of all following the case as to precisely what a website is. In other words, Mr Justice Openshaw claims that his question served the interest of justice.

Worryingly, though, when computer expert Peter Sams referred to a ‘mouse’ several times, the judge suggested that a pest control firm should be called and the trial be transferred to a different court. Okay – just kidding!!


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