(Draft) Guide to LeviCar and PROACCTIVE websites

Welcome to my websites, www.LeviCar.com and www.PROACCTIVE.info

This crude, all-text Guide will gradually morph into a more-colorful one, with plenty of pictures, and even some interactive features,

Each has a wealth of information about the future of transportation.

LeviCar.com is about my proposed system for MagLev Cars — and more, including a nationwide grid, and provisions for freight.  It is meant for the General Public, and includes some “Fun Stuff”.

PROACCTIVE.info is meant for Advanced-Transportation professionals, including Educational programs, professional organizations, consultants, and opportunities to use your talents to advance the technology and earn money in the process; but the biggest part is the list of upcoming events, webinars, and conferences.

I will guide you on handling low-level features first, and then move up the heirarchy.  Then, I will discuss certain specific issues, including how the users of these websites can help me keep them accurate and up-to-date.

Links

There are many links on these websites.  When you place the cursor over the link, the link gets temporarily underlined, and usually a mouseover (hover) message appears.  This works for non-touchscreen computers, such as traditional PCs, laptops, etc.  For touchscreens (tablets, cell phones, etc.), display of ‘mouseovers’ is determined by the browser or operating system.  By pressing and holding on a link, my Android cell phone will usually show the first part of the mouseover message, and also some navigation buttons.

On these websites, most mouseover messages simply indicate that the link is an “external link” and refers to the disclaimer about external links at the bottom of the page.  Some mouseover messages contain additional information about the link.

Link-Blocks

A “Link-Block” is a set of related clickable links, in a white box surrounded by the background color for its outer Group.  A link-block can also contain other informational items.  All the links and other items in a link-block pertain to one event, concept, or entity.

Some of these items might be images, as discussed below.

Sometimes, several items within in a link-block will be separated from the others by a horizontal “spar” of a lighter version of the background color, forming a sub-block.  Examples of this include:
• if the link-block is about a professional organization, subblocks may include individual societies within the orgainization, or special services offered by the organization.
• if the link block is for conference or show, subblocks may be for Calls-for-Papers, information for exhibitors, etc.
• some events might have other colocated events, or subevents, or tracks, or student competitions.
• a link-block might be for a series of related events, such as the SBIR Road Show, and each Road Stop would have its own subblock.

Mouseover messages and action for top edge of a link-block

Hovering the cursor (mouseover) on the top edge of a link-block shows (in the non-mobile versions) a standard popup message, showing the “frag-tag(s)” [more properly “Fragment Identifier(s)”] associated with the link-block, and also those associated with any headers right above it.

Some of the link-blocks have a small oval on the upper-left corner, to indicate if the link-block was recently added or modified.  “NEW” indicated that it was added within the past five days, “REV.” if it was revised within the last ten days, and “REC.” if it was added between six and fifteen days ago.  Also, if one of these ovals is present, the mouseover, as described in the previous paragraph, also shows some of the recent history of the link block.

If you single-click on the top edge, the link-block will “migrate” upwards, usually to the top of the page, and the browser’s URL line will show the complete URL, including a fragment identifier for the link block.  The fragment identifier starts with a #-sign.  This way, if you want to share the URL for a link-block, you can.

Source indicators in the lower-right

Some link-blocks, usually the ones for Upcoming Events, have a small, usually-clickable, rectangular icon on the lower-right corner, indicating either the sponsor of the event, or a calendar which has the event listed.  You can use these links to find other events that perhaps don’t fit the criteria to be listed on these websites.

Things at the Beginnings of the Webpages

Title Area

For LeviCar:  This is the LeviCar extended logo; except during Earth Week, when it is the LeviCar logo superimposed on a picture of the earth.  It occupies the upper-left coner on the tablet/laptop/desktop mode, and the top on the mobile mode.

For PROACCTIVE:  This is “PROACCTIVE” in large letters, followed by an explanation of what it is, and then the criteria for inclusion into PROACCTIVE.info.  This is always on top.

Principal Link Area (PLA)

Each webpage has five Groups, as described below, but also has a Principal Link Area that has links to many or all of the groups, plus other important internnal links.

For tablet/laptop/desktop mode

For LeviCar:

First, the PLA has a yellow square that, when clicked, moves you to a “primer” near the bottom of the page, that has an introduction to LeviCar and RoboTrail.

Then there are the triple “DuChamp” links, to this Guide; E‑Mail; and a link to another webpage that explains, and allows you to sign up for, the newsletter.

Lastly, there is a blue arrow that lets you access the three Groups “below the fold”, followed by a schematic layout of the webpage.

For PROACCTIVE:

This webpage is designed so that the header of three of the five groups are “above the fold”.  The PLA contains clickable links to the other two, plus a cross-link to Group-C in LeviCar.com, and the DuChamp links.

For mobile mode (single column)

The PLA has links to all five groups, plus
for LeviCar: a link to the primer, and
for PROACCTIVE, a cross-link to Group-C of LeviCar.

Groups

Each main webpage has five “Groups”, each consisting of several to many link-blocks.  Each group has a distinctive background color.  Also, a Group may have intermediate subheaders, dividing the Group in functional subgroups.  [In addition, there are some specialized regions of each webpage that are not part of any Group, such as the “Principal Link Area” (PLA), and one Group (Group-U) has some specialized links that aren't part of any Link-Block.]

Each of the five Groups is designated by a letter.  The Groups are:

For LeviCar:

A – Antecedents and Allies; also Associations
B – Blogs and Bulletins
C – Competitiona and Critiques
D – … All about LeviCar Documents
E – Extras (This may be later divided into two Groups, “Events and Expositions” and “Fun Stuff”)

For PROACCTIVE:

A – Associations and their Journals and Lists of Events
E – Educational & Research Institutions
 I – Independent Contractors / Consultants … and other services
O – Opportunities (esp. Fed. Gov.)
U – Upcoming Events Conferences, Events, and Webinars

In the mobile versions, the Groups follow each other sequentially (A-B-C-D-E or A-E-I-O-U), and there are clickable buttons for each at the beginning of the webpage (in the Guide Block), and also fixed at the bottom of the screen.

For tablet/laptop/desktop mode, there are three columns.

LeviCar.com has three columns (Title Block, Group-B, and Group-D) on top (above the fold), and three more (Groups A, C, and E) on bottom,  with a blue down-arrow in the Guide Block section (top-left) to get to the lower three.

Below the three groups, is a table introducing the basic concepts of LeviCar, and its “big brother” for freight, RoboTrail.  Clicking on a yellow square in the Guide Block gets you there.

Below that are various histories, disclainers, copyright notices, and contact information.


Special Notes about Upcoming Events

Group-E in LeviCar.com, and Group-U in PROACCTIVE.info, show upcomng events.  To be listed, they have to meet several criteria:

The event must have at least one webpage in English, but it may also have webpages in other languages.

It must relate to advanced transportation engineering, or related areas like self-driving cars, or things of interest to technological entrepreneurs, such as Small-Business Innovative Research (SBIR) opportunities.

For LeviCar.com, it must be in the United States or Canada, and have some sort of “popular” component, such as an “Expo[sition]” or “Exhibition”.  Certain events that are for the general public but not really aimed for engineers, such as Tesla Science Center events, and Ride-and-Drive events, will be on LeviCar.com but not PROACCTIVE.info.  Many events will be on both, but with more complete information in PROACCTIVE.info.

Many event link-blocks have a small rectangular icon in the lower-right corner, indicating the source for the event.  Just do a mouseover to see.  Most of these are clickable links to the source webpage.  The source might be the sponsor of the event, or another organization that shows the event on its calendar.  You can use these links to find other events that perhaps don’t fit the criteria to be listed on these websites.

Dates my be colored yellow, red, or green.  Yellow indicated that the event starts tomorrow, or warns that a paper is due tomoorrow.  Green indicates that the event is ongoing today.  Red warns that a paper is due today, or that a deadline has expired.

Dates at least one year from the beginning of the current month, are shown with the year.  Sonner dates do not show the year.

The same events are in my blog on EVWorld (http://evworld.com/blogs.cfm?blogid=1267), but in a different format.

Since there are so many events in PROACCTIVE.info, in the tablet/laptop/desktop version, they are split between the right and center columns.  They start at the top of the right column, and continue in the middle of the center column.  This is so that the soonest events will appear in the top-right corner of the webpage.  (In a newspaper, the lead story usually starts in the top-right of the first page.)

If you missed an event and want some information on it, everything is saved in spreadsheets.  Links to these are at the bottom of the right-hand column in the tablet/laptop/desktop version, and the bottom of Group-U in the mobile version.  They are not very user-friendly, but are serviceable.

How to Get the Most out of PROACCTIVE.info

I cannot list every society and every event for everything that has to do with transportation.  I have to be selective, and only show pertinent societies and events.  I do, however, have links to various organizations and their calendars, and you can see many societies and events that deal with all aspects of transportation.  I encourage you to join any organization, and its pertinent societies, that suit your needs.

Newsletter

There will be a newsletter sent out, by e‑mail, to anyone who asked for it.  For more information, click here.

How you can help me to help you

It is a lot of effort to maintain the list of Upcoming Events, and a lot of that effort is to find the event, and then deal with changes in dates, with due dates of calls-for-papers, additional sessions, and so forth.

It would be of great advantage that, for every organization that sponsors the events on these websites, there is some representative who can check these websites whenever there has been a change in the event.  This would save me a lot of unnecessary effort, and ensure theta the listings are more accurate and up-to-date.