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Microsoft Research Inspires
Worldwide Digital Inclusion

In a bid to combat the widespread global technology gap, Microsoft Research, a division of Microsoft Corp., announced Friday two initiatives designed to encourage computer research and technological uptake in developing countries. .

Microsoft Research, which works collaboratively with the global academic community, unveiled its $1.2 million Digital Inclusion RFP (request for proposal), a worldwide research opportunity that aims to address technological challenges hindering global progress in health, education and social conditions, according to a news release.

Read the full article at eWeek.com

ACNP announces valuable new member benefit - mobileMICROMEDEX

ACNP is excited to announce that effective immediately, ACNP members will receive FREE access to mobileMICROMEDEX, an easy-to-use PDA tool that provides trusted, evidence-based information to Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. MobileMICROMEDEX provides reliable clinical information to help support and confirm treatment decisions.

In this exclusive offer, ACNP members are able to download the mobileMICROMEDEX software free through a link in the member's only area of the ACNP website, as well as receive regular updates.

All ACNP individual members, student members, and designated affiliate representatives will have complimentary access to mobileMICROMEDEX. This tool will allow members to seamlessly download concise medical information on drugs, alternative medicine, acute care, and toxicology to their Palm OS or Pocket PC PDA. As such, members will have instant access to the comprehensive Micromedex® Healthcare Series databases that 88% of top U.S.-based hospitals use every day.

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Tomorrow's operating room to
harness Net, RFID

It's hard to do most jobs without talking to your peers, but in the operating room, poor communication can cost a life. In the operating room of the future, however, telling a doctor he or she is making a mistake could be as easy as pointing to a computer screen or "wall of knowledge"--a thoroughgoing summary of background data, vital signs and strategic information designed to prevent mistakes during surgery.

To best understand this so-called operating room of the future, which experts discussed at the "OR of the future" medical conference here on Monday, imagine a football video game. It would show players' backgrounds, injuries, vital statistics, real-time video, milestones and progress logs. It would keep track of the players, the coaches and give the gamers options for play calling.

In surgery, the "wall of knowledge" presents a similar "team huddle," translating the big picture, minute by minute, of the patient and surgical events from various data. That's a big change for nurses, doctors, assistants, surgeons and anesthesiologists who are typically so focused on their specific tasks and specialized computer feeds that they might sometimes miss the patient's overall health.

- read entire article at C/Net News

Study: Cell Phones Cause Minimal Interference With Medical Equipment

A study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that cell phones interfere "only minimally" with medical equipment, the Los Angeles Times reports. Researchers measured interference between 16 medical devices - including heart monitors and defibrillators - and six types of cell phones. The cell phones interfered with the signal of seven devices but affected the machines' functions just 1.2% of the time, the Times reports. Devices that measure brain and heart activity were most vulnerable to interference (Singer, Los Angeles Times, 10/24).

- read entire report at iHealthBeat

Design Corner

DHTML : Dynamic Web Coding

June KaminskiHTML Highlights Series:
Part 5 HTML Versions

by June Kaminski


DHTML stands for Dynamic HyperText Markup Language and can be defined as the art of making HTML webpages dynamic by combining HTML with Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Unlike the other four HTML variations studied in the previous four articles in this series, DHTML is not a standard defined by the W3 Consortium. Rather, it is a "marketing term that was used by Netscape and Microsoft to describe the new technologies the 4.x generation browsers would support" (W3 Consortium). HTML 4.0 first introduced two important components that are inherent to the structure of DHTML:

  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Document Object Models (DOM)

Making Your Code Dynamic

CSS provide style and layout models while DOM provide document content models for HTML documents. JavaScript and VBScript add the ability to write scripting code to control HTML elements. Put together, these three components add up to dynamic HTML pages. One major deterrent is browser incompatibility - Netscape and Microsoft still have not agreed on what to implement within their browsers: thus, writing DHTML pages that work well in both browsers can be tricky. To see for yourself, you can access Microsoft and Netscape standards online:

"DHTML excels in creating low-bandwidth effects that enhance a web page's functionality. It can be used to create animations, games, applications, provide new ways of navigating through web sites, and create out-of-this world page layouts that simply aren't possible with just HTML. Although many of the features of DHTML can be duplicated with either Flash or Java, DHTML provides an alternative that does not require plugins and embeds seamlessly into a web page."( Dan Steinman, 1998).

In order to understand the complexities of DHTML, it is useful to examine its components in more detail.

Cascading Style Sheets

CSS are sophisticated codes that separate web content from the web desplay - the style, positioning, colors, fonts, and so on. CSSP or CSS Positioning allows pixel-level control over HTML element positioning. The separation of the presentation style of web documents from the content with CSS2 (CSS level 2) simplifies Web authoring and site maintenance. "CSS2 supports media-specific style sheets so that authors may tailor the presentation of their documents to visual browsers, aural devices, printers, braille devices, handheld devices, etc. This specification also supports content positioning, downloadable fonts, table layout, features for internationalization, automatic counters and numbering, and some properties related to user interface" (W3 Consortium). The W3C offer an excellent tutorial to learn CSS2 called, CSS2 Specification.

   - read entire article

This is the final article in a series of five on the critical topic of HTML for designers. The series looks at the importance of mastering HTML, & review HTML v 3.2 & 4.0 plus XHTML and DHTML.

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