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A Case Study in Diversity India and Romania The WWW of most URLs UniformUniversal Resource Locators literally translated means the WORLD WIDE WEB As such one would think that it would be easy to find information and sites from virtually any point in the world To some extent this is the case -- but it can be very difficult As a large part of our assignment was the comparison of the SAWNET South Asian Womens NETwork website with another site which we found to be equally diverse I chose to focus on the Indian aspect of SAWNET as it seemed to be the most represented of all the South Asian countries For comparison I chose Romania a country that I knew nothing about as it is represented in Virtual Romania httpwwwinfopolymtlcazuse taviwwwromenghtml Each of the websites seemed to function for two obvious reasons to provide some information about culture and country to interested people and to p rovide access to the atmosphere of home for any people not living in their own country be it India or Romania Visually each site is very different Virtual Romania is very flashy with lots of photos java and shiny banners and it is set up in a four frame format - very pushy In contrast SAWNET is much better organized with lost of eye-easy white-space and culturally representative yet simple graphics I have yet to decide if this is indicative of a cultural influence or simply gender-biased Both sites are several years old - in fact Virtual Romania boasts that it is The FIRST Ever Romanian Home Page on the Internet and was established in April of 1994 while SAWNET began in 1991 as a mailing list that eventually grew into a web site and resource center I was a bit disappointed by the fact that several of the links posted did not work both on the Virtual Romania site as well as SAWNET The best
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