John Jay College Condemnation Trial
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 3:35PM
Environmental Simulation Center in Making Complex information Sensible

Prepared as evidence for a legal proceeding, the ESC developed an HTML presentation that detailed a huge amount of information visually, intuitively and completely directed by the user. 

The materials were designed to support a condemnation proceeding and were prepared to show how a single property compared to 39 other properties based on dozens of variables including items ranging from the floor area to the character of the neighborhood.  Because the materials would be used by a wide audience, including both professionals and novices, the ESC chose HTML and Java technologies that required users to have very basic requirements (Internet Explorer and Windows) to view and explore at their own pace and direction. 

It is presented here as an extensive example of the ESC's approach toward displaying information for use by a wide audience using only a web browser.  Selecting the technology right for the problem is key the key to finding any successful solution. 

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