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NZCS Press Release WebNet Topics

Attendees at the NZ Computer Society WebNet session 12Jun02 sponsored by Spherion ranked 21 suggested Topics.

The ranking shows a great need for education for in-depth understanding of how the web works. "Poor design of web sites arises not just from lack of understanding of Human Computer Interface factors but because the way it works is not well understood" says Ian Mitchell.

"What you need to know" was quickly surfaced in vigorous discussion lead by Paul Reynolds.

Worse, Site Policies were ranked at zero. "Web developers are insufficiently aware of the legal protections they need". The NZCS Law of IT sessions will address this serious deficiency.

These sessions will clearly become the Auckland forum for leading edge knowledge on the WWW and the Internet.

Ranked:

8. Menu, navigation and site map strategies – what alternate designs are there? 21. Secure Servers and SSL – how they work 11. Search engine strategies – how to get up the ranks 20. Credit Card Payments – best code strategies; products available; banking options 2. How the Internet really works? [Domain name servers, mail servers, routing redundancy, caching and proxy servers] 9. A review of the design and structure of NZ’s top ten sites 1. Web-Site Usability Design 4. Email management and marketing; running email campaigns; list management. 16. Logon and Registration Strategies 5. Content Management; tools 6. Graphics for print and web sites; [positioning graphics; modifying graphics from one download, Flash] 12. Bill-boarding – how to get your site known 7. What can users do themselves – without technicians 14. CGI form design 15. PDF – when and how to use this format 17. Video – which plug-in – what are the decisions you need to make 18. Peer-to-peer tools – how they work, when to use them, which is best 19. Chat tools – how they work, when to use them, which is best 3. What email headers really say? [BCC; List servers; autoresponders; HTML emails; handling double opt-in; spam filters.] 10. Discussion groups: [how to get critical mass; moderation; the best structures] 13. Site Policy texts

For more information contact:

Ian Mitchell, FNZCS Ph: +64 9 528-3350 Mobile: +64 25 965-608 http://www.aboutit.co.nz http://www.xp.co.nz


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