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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
From: Mike Brenner <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 10:47:28 -0400
Reply-To: Mike Brenner <[log in to unmask]>
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  > Thanks for your input.
  > Can you be more specific on #6?
  > How can Tri-Ada improve the Webspace adverts?
  > David F. Harrison Tri-Ada '97 Conference Chair [log in to unmask]

  (1) the extra 2 colors have nothing to do with whether people attend
  (2) artwork in the text has little to do with attendance, although
      lack of information and bad layout has some effect
  (3) artwork is ignored while reading the text, and should be
      cool, only vaguely related to the conference, not related to the text
  (4)  a-b-c-d Why ask us? You have the counts in hand.
  (5) (b) but the layout must be better and the information more complete
  (6) yes, but TriAda is not making effective use of websites to
      advertise themselves

Additional information: the most important factor in attendance
is the tremendous effort it takes to get funded to go, or to pay for it
yourself, agreeing with the other responder on team-ada. The chance of
getting funded is greatly improved by being invited to give a lecture,
tutorial, or participate in a working session. There is little chance of
funding in an unfortunate year when Tri-Ada occurs in the last month
of the fiscal year (September). A greater attendance would be had if
there were money-saving features such as publishing the Proceedings on
the Web, and making printed copies an optional extra charge. It will
be interesting to compare attendance at MidWest Tri-Adas versus coastal
Tri-Adas. Does the average person on the coast experience a larger
airfare cost to the MidWest than Coast-to-Coast, like I do? Does this
lead to greater attendance at coastal Tri-Adas?

Additional information on number 6. On the dozens of web sites which give out
Ada code or Ada information, where are the Ada activities such as Tri-Ada?
In addition, other activities that are on-going, but are not advertized
on the Net: (a) committees to handle language issues and revisions,
(b) committees to revise the infamous style manuals, (c) the other committees
that have authority over the Ada language especially Ada 2000X, etc. On
comp.lang.ada, those who do not know the structure of these commmittees
in authority that make the decisions for the Ada language are lambasted.
Revealing the power structure on the Net will make more energy available
from those who wish to participate.

The advertisements that appeared most were requests to help set up and take
down the SigAda booths (I helped take down the booth at STC 97 in April).

The most common websites for engineers who use Ada are those that download
gnat, patches to Alsys, and code from the PAL. These URLs could point to
Ada committees, working groups, and activities like Tri-Ada.

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