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I use this information to determine who is using the site and the capabilities of the browser/operating system of visitors. Knowing the capabilities of the browser/operating system is important to me in determining whether or not to add in a new feature that may be dependent upon a capability that may or may not be present upon most systems. For instance, knowing that approximately 85% of all visitors have Adobe's Acrobat Reader installed on their system means this is a good format to make downloads available in.

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Disabling scripting support will prevent AWStats from determing screen size and whether or not programs such as Acrobat Reader or Flash are installed on your computer. Disabing scripting support will also prevent the cookie from being set. However, be aware that if you disable scripting support the menu system used for navigation will no longer work. Also, the program that I used to generate the mathematics for these pages uses scripting to properly format the images. Without scripting support, most of the mathematics will not appear!

The statistics tracked by AWStats will be shared with others only if required to do so by law or if required to by Lamar University. Lamar University provides the computer on which this site is hosted and so I can't prevent them from viewing the statistics if they should require it.

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