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Diversity is finally coming to the Web, according to a new survey of more than 23,000 online users, which was unveiled at the Fourth International World Wide Web Conference. More than 2,000 attendees are expected during the four-day conference.

BOSTON--Diversity is finally coming to the Web, according to a new survey of more than 23,000 online users, which was unveiled at the Fourth International World Wide Web Conference. More than 2,000 attendees are expected during the four-day conference.

Conducted by Georgia Tech, the survey shows that the number of female users, newcomers with little technical expertise, and Windows users with low-speed modem connections is increasing.

About 30 percent of the respondents were female, compared with 5 percent who completed the university's first survey two years ago. About one-third of the respondents have gotten online in only the last six months. The median age was 33, and a large majority of respondents were Windows or Windows 95 users.

Answering questions about problems with the Web, 70 percent said speed was the biggest drawback. About 35 percent said they had trouble finding information, and 26 percent said it was difficult to organize data once they found it.