While reorganizing my links i have decided to put here a list of those links, which for myself i consider the important and influent:
Finally, after some days i have come to finallize the results of the research. First i should say that i was quite surprised. I have not expected, that there are so many advanced regional governments in Spain. It is a pleasure to surf on such sites as Galicia or Catalonia. I am really impressed, maybe because the municipalaties i have seen before has never shown big dedication to their internet representation.
The results are speaking for themself:
- Frames in Spain are in declain – and only 3 sites are using them (15.8%), but i think there should be even less then this number.
- Positive surprise 7 sites are using table-less designs (36.9%)
- 10 government sites are using doctypes – thats more then a half (52.6%), and its a positive number
- 3 sites (15.8%) have valid HTML, and thats a good start, and i am confident that this number will grow in the next years, anyway i was expecting much lower results.
- Only 4 sites (21.0%) have a valid css, but there is a big number of the sites, which have to do minor changes to pass the validation
- Only Extremaduras site optimized for the 1024×768 resolution, and knowing that this is one of the poorest regions in Spain, i have to say, that this is the thing that they have to change. All others have less strict requirements to the resolution, which is how it should be done.
- A reasonable number of sites – 11 (thats a 57.9%) have the idea about using the icons on the net
- In a country, where more then 1 variation of the language is spoken, i was expecting more then 6 sites (31.6%) having support for at least 1 more language
The max percentage for the municipality in Portugal is 27.7%, when in Spain it has reached 96.7% and the min percentage was 15.8%, which is quite a value for the portuguese municipalities, thinking that the min in Portugal was 0%.
The final results are applied to the beginning of the Portwatch page.
What about the future – what are the next steps ?
The answer is simple – continuing with the other european countries, but i am also going to do a reality check, by totally revising the current portwatch system verifying its sanity. I am aint no interested in creating a scale which does not represent anything. =O)
Also i am going to give this project a proper site and as i am considering inviting some people to help me with it, i think portwatch deserves its own subdomain or even a domain, we will see.
And as for the rest – the next targets are Austria and Germany.
This year i have started testing different CMS‘s, but what i have seen until this moment, have not satisfied me much. Having digged into the code of the various sites across the net, and having been used some corporate CMS i have to say, that none of them were close enough to convince me of using them for the Portwatch. I think there are a lot of the CMS developers, who have no idea for what and for whom they are writing and creating the software.
Yes i am going to expand the PortWatch a little bit – with its own site, and as i am inviting various people to work with me together, i think that this project may even have some kind of a future =O)
From those which i have recently seen:
- Joomla seems to be bound to the tables-design, and its a big pity, cause many of the Joomla’s features are attracting me
- Plone – more options are available here and since its a python-based CMS it should be possible to use almost anywhere with almost any reasonable hosting provider
- OpenCMS is java-based and hence i cannot use with my current hosting provider
- All those Nukes(PhpNuke or even .NetNuke) seem to have a lot of “Nuke” problems with the security
- All blog-based CM systems like WordPress or Textpattern do not impress me much with their capabilities for this purpose.
From all this things i think i am going to go for Plone, as it would be pretty ignorant and arrogant to be writing about the standards while using a system which does not implement them =O). Currently i have a small list of the CMS, that i would like to investigate in my free time, there are a lot of systems, and maybe one of them is the one, which i am looking for ? Maybe Xaraya ? =O)
p.s.: This site has a lot of info available about the more then hundred available CMS