(this page is in the works - not complete. Please feel free to contribute!)
Often we have to collaborate with people who have diverse internet access and need tools that work in low bandwidth contexts. This means dial-up service, or service that is compromised by power cuts and frequent drops from connectivity. So while newer technologies can do amazing things - they often need broadband internet access. This page is dedicated to listing some of the online interaction tools that work in low or lower bandwidth setting or where people have to use internet mostly through public or internet cafes, or mobile devices.
While many parts of the world have access to reliable broadband, the majority of people in the world do not.
When the people you need to interact and collaborate with have either low bandwidth or intermittent access and need to be able to work offline.
There are software and web based services that require less bandwidth or can operate well on older computers and operating systems.
(From Km4Dev) More than a guide, the following 5 points are a personal list of notes. A good deal of them come from:
Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you feel you should be added to the above list.
If you are creating a website that will be usable also by people with low bandwidth connection, there are a 3 general rules to follow:
1. Keep the page size as small as possible Your pages should load within 10 seconds, which means 25kB should be the maximum page size if your website is aimed at areas with 20kbps connections.
3. Optimize your site structure and design Provide easy navigation to reduce the number of page loads. This requires a user-driven approach ,and if possible, the inclusion of your audience in the testing.
These 3 requirements are widely true, and can be applied in any different ways, but I am not discussing the whole range of them. The purpose of these notes is to show ONE way of creating a user-driven website for low bandwidth users. The platform of choice for this example is Drupal, an Open Source CMS system that has been developed mainly for social networking, and has a very wide community of developers that during the years have created hundreds of modules that allow to expand enormously the core features of the system. Again, this is just ONE way of creating a website for low bandwidth users and it may not fit everyone’s needs. For example, if all you need is to broadcast some information, a static HTML/CSS website could be a better choice. However, Knowledge Management, and this is what I feel I can talk about with a little more of salt.
Aptivate has some excellent ten rules for low-bandwidth design
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