- Meeting with client
- Jan 18th, 2001
- Lab on 1st floor in Dey Hall
- All members but Sam (out of country) present
- "Simple GUI for a simple computer user" is the essence
- Currently Happening/Current Status of this project:
- Education is a supply/demand model too. There is the new CCI
delivering hardware, but now we need some software to make the
- Editors don't necessarily speak the language that they are editing
with, so the Professor needs to provide the translation typed already.
- http://www.unc.edu/FLRC use Onyen login
- Secure/password protected content helps with copyright infringement
issues. University lawyer capable of support copyright suits.
- Some of the pages are old style, but in revision currently. There are
some formatting problems fitting the current web pages to standard
resolution monitors, and this needs to be fixed.
- CIT is currently working on a manner to automatically scroll the text
document so that it follows the music automatically.
- Some of the lessons are multiple pages, including instructors' notes
and potentially quizzes. Becoming more complex.
- Recently, upgraded Real Media server and aliases, which led to
problems, but works now. (Use this as foresight: Allow easy changes in
parameters such as default location to save items on server so that if
the server changes, the application can be modified and still work.)
- Production Process Outline:
- Audio/Audio-Visual files need to be
- 1/3 or 1/2 instructors use lab for a/v creation; others need a
system to work by on their personal computers.
- suggested model: [CD] to [.wav] done by professor;
[.wav] to [.rm] real media (Real Producer) done by editor
- need different quality [.rm] files for students using different
connections (broadband vs. modem dialup)
- Language translation/transcription and English transcription needs to
be typed into a template ( [.doc] Microsoft Word template suggested)
- Uniform naming system to make files easy identifiable for editors
that convert to web files
- See Also "Technical Notes (for preparing a single-page oral text
web page lesson)" (copied and given to each group member)
- Requirements desired and Issues Addressed
- Standards for volume levels: some songs too loud, others too quiet.
May be caused by external audio sources plugged into the sound card
directly, or user selection of volume.
- Issue to remember: file quality vs. file size issues
- [.mp3] provides good size, but not very streamable yet. Takes too long
for students to download music over slow connection. [.mp3]s are
less portable, and give less quality of [.wav]
- digital audio extraction is readily available, but the appropriate
application must be selected (example given: Nero to rip CDs)
- must create an archive of all original works (ie. [.wav] files or
other high quality) for future usage
- Professor doesn't have time to learn how to use 5 applications, or
read 15 pages of instructions; They are very busy running at 110-200%
capacity. Need a neat little package that does the hard stuff, just
makes an easy step by step process. Currently hundreds of emails daily
from Professors to editors and webmasters to communicate how to use 3rd
party software in order to make the process happen. Big Buttons are
- There should be two interfaces, one for the ordinary user, one for the
advanced/administrative user that can change the default values.
- Don't ask the professor for file names, help them follow naming
requirements by suggesting names.
- If a user needs help, have built in way to email tech support.
- HTML will go to XML, which will construct web pages on the fly from
- Oracle Database or similar software will be the future
- Suggestions from client
- This is not a "do or die" project. Just do what we can.
- Don't be too far ahead of the masses. Technology will not be
successful if it is too far ahead of the understanding of the public.
- Business Engineer/Consultant experience
- Seek help/suggestions from University resources, such as Ibiblio and
may have solutions ready for programming problems/needs. Often free and
unused resources can prove helpful at little cost.
- Visual Basic would be a good language to use.