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Gerald A. Smith
10-16-1996, 12:05 PM
Colleagues:

As many biomechanists in North America are heading for Atlanta for
the American Society of Biomechanics annual meeting, we wish to
make the papers presented at ASB available more widely than can be
accomplished with a book of proceedings.

The abstract submission process this year included an option of
providing text for placement in an ASB world wide web resource.
Those files have been formatted into hypertext documents with links
to graphics files with figures. You can access this resource at
the following address:

http://www.orst.edu/dept/HHP/ASB/

From this page you will find a list of papers (by author) with
links to the abstracts and figures. Unfortunately, the current
abstract database is not a complete record of what will be
presented this week in Atlanta--many authors chose not to submit
text files for placement online.

In future years, we intend to have a complete set of ASB abstracts
online for each conference. For this year, we are discussing
whether to complete the database by scanning the missing abstracts
and provide them as graphics files. This approach has some
disadvantages compared to formatted html files--they would be
approximately 150 to 200 k in length per page and would certainly
be much slower in downloading than the small html formatted
abstracts.

Would this format of providing the abstracts simply be too slow in
downloading to be useful? We would appreciate some suggestions and
your opinions about such web resources.

Please send your suggestions and comments about the ASB abstracts
to me or to the ASB officers.

Regards,

Gerald Smith
Biomechanics Lab
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

541-737-5928
smithg@ccmail.orst.edu
http://www.orst.edu/Dept/HHP/FACULTY/SMITH.HTML