The following are tests on diverse client-side internet technologies for automatic interactive illustration of project descriptions received in textual format by the user's WWW navigator. It goes from the most static to the most interactive (but risky) tools, from the most server-side based to the most client-side based, from the most dependant on traffic speeds to the minimum traffic dependency.
This is a part of the SACEA project.
A frameset representing all Belgian environmental administration, from
federal to regional level.
Belgian map: The demo of a concept of navigation through clickable maps and organigrams in order to illustrate projects and partners in a user-friendly manner.
Java, steps: The use of a Java applet in order to automatically illustrate the status of different steps within a project.
Java, organigrams: Here, we see a Java Applet able to build interactive organigrams out of textual information received as parameters.
Suggestion to html: send to the html discussion group. Work on html standard level can solve several SACEA problems related to vectorial images and clickable maps (the aim beeing to reduce the transmission of images in SACEA).
(MS-Word) document (draft) proposing some parameters that should be received from the agent, in order to be able to illustrate the information automatically.
The most simple and standard html codes should be used. Advanced technologies such as Java should be used carefully for the moment because of its instability and because of the delays needed to download big Java applets.
For automatic illustration, as less as possible should be done at the server side, because of transmission delays of the images created. Only reference images (backgrounds maps and organigrams) should remain on the server.
Server side applications and scripts are still the most popular on the
internet. They are also the less transportable (from one server to
another) and, for graphical applications, suffer from the restrictions
of trafic speed.