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- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Re: Posting digital pictures for peer help with structural
- From: "Structuralist" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>
- Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 00:47:13 -0800
- Cc: <aec-residential(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>, <se-practice(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
Sam, My original intentions was to be able to integrate as many of the Internet tools so that the community need not be limited to plain text posts. You can post any format that can be viewed with a plug-in that will work with common browsers. Looking at the statistics from my discussion forum, over 75% of the users are using Internet Explorer and about 23% are split between IE4, Netscape and AOL. The remaining 2% are a full mix of browsers from Opera to older versions of IE, Netscape and AOL. Therefore, you need only concern yourself with posting a graphic format that the user can read after downloading a plug-in. This includes AutoCad drawings in DWF format, PDF files, doc files and many others. If you have a question as to what can be viewed, write me and I'll check into it. No one discussion or web format is sufficient in itself. As I wrote some time ago, bulletin boards are great for posting graphics and leaving information for future reference - certainly more convenient than searching archives of listservices. Also the messages are formatted very similar to HTML with just a short learning session (which I provide information on). A listservice is not good for posting graphics, but can retrieve needed opinions and information in a very short time - in fact, in real time. This is ideal for professionals who suddenly have a question and can't wait 24 hours for an answer. For those who don't mind the interruption and who are willing to be available for advice, ICQ or other Instant Messaging systems provides a link to professionals for private conversations. The web page is being used more and more as an Index to coordinate the information on discussion forums and listservices. It is a great tool for posting Op-Ed (opinion-editorial) documents, links, and more, but the longer the page the more cumbersome the use of a Webpage becomes. However, it is a great tool to integrate and tie all the other services together. Another example is Internet Telephony which now offers web owner the ability to place a link on their website and allow visitors to call them from anywhere in the world free of charge. The visitor needs only a sound card, their Internet service and an inexpensive headset/microphone. I have a link on my resume sheet which is accessed from The Structuralist.Net at the top of the page. At the left side of the web page the user can either email or call me. The connection is made to my office phone and the user can leave a message on my voice mail if I am not available. I tried it out and the message was crystal clear. The service is a free service of Net2Phone (http://www.net2phone.com) which is one of the first to provide a free net2fax service (you only pay for international calls - long distance fax within the US is free). There are great tools available, albeit some are still in development stages, but most are useful as long as the administrator of the services understands the benefits and weaknesses of each of the tools (bulletin boards, Lists, Websites etc.). You are welcome to use the services that the Structuralist.Net offices to post pictures or examples that are needed in the course of professional discussions - this is why I created it. On a side note, within 24 hours of posting the PDF files of Gary Searer's proposals to the Seismology Committee there were more than 50 visitors who read the documents. I think this kind of response fully justifies the services and proves that they serve a valuable need within our professional community. Regards, Dennis S. Wish, PE The Structuralist Administrator for: http://www.structuralist.net AEC-Residential Listservice admin(--nospam--at)structuralist.net (208) 361-5447 E-Fax ICQ # 95561393 To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org From: Sam Chang <szchang(--nospam--at)mail.arc.nasa.gov> Subject: Re: Posting digital pictures for peer help with structural Confucius said: "One picture worth a thousand words!" Dose it apply here? Many times I wish we can have a common place to post our .wmf or .dwf file to express the condition. Any thought on that? Sam
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