[LINK] FEMA disaster website IE-only
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Sep 8 09:29:19 EST 2005
At 05:06 PM 9/7/2005, Roger Clarke wrote:
>FEMA disaster website IE-only 9/6/2005 2:37:53 PM, by Ken "Caesar" Fisher
>... What is surprising, however, is the fact that the Federal Emergency
>Management Agency's (FEMA) online registration site for disaster help is
>Internet Explorer-only. ...
A demonstration of modifying the home page of the Sahana emergency system
to work on text only terminals, PDAs and mobile telephones, as well as
conventional PC browsers, is at
<http://www.tomw.net.au/2005/wd/sahana.html>. As well as making the
application more portable, it reduces the bandwidth needed. Sahana was
built in a hurry for the December 2004 Tsunami and is being redone as an
free open source tool <http://sourceforge.net/projects/sahana/>.
It is reasonably simple to fix a web interface to make it more portable and
efficient. It is mostly a matter of deleting unnecessary code, rather than
adding or rewriting software. There are some limitations in the way you can
format your web page. I teach ANU undergraduates how to do it this as part
of a web design course. The hard part is convincing the people in charge of
a web site that they have a problem and it is easily fixed. I recall
raising problems of emergency web site design with FEMA about a six months
ago and offered advice based on experience with the Canberra bush fires,
but didn't get a reply.
More on this, including Link links, at: <http://www.tomw.net.au/2005/ete.html>.
Also there is the full text of Shelby Canterford's "Evaluating Emergency
Websites" (yes, as one big PDF file) at:
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