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November 2004

Delphi Coordinators Teresa Rivas (left) and Nancy Wade.

Questions and suggestions from the staff to management may be submitted in confidence to the Delphi Coordinators (Teresa Rivas, left, and Nancy Wade). They should be submitted in written form, preferably via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked confidential. They must be signed. Detailed procedures for submitting questions are given in the UCAR Policies and Procedures Manual, section 4-1-2, and on the Delphi Web site. Staff Notes Monthly publishes questions and answers of general interest to staff, and the Delphi Web site has a log of all questions submitted since 1995.



Delphi 511 (received November 17, 2003): Why is there not standardization on what Web servers UCAR/NCAR uses? Division A, for example, supports Mozilla only, which is fine until Division B comes out with information that an employee needs to know but that is supported by another browser, i.e., the new telephone systems user information. When attempting to read the UCAR training documentation in html format, I got the following message: "This presentation contains content that your browser may not be able to show properly..." I am unaware of what other divisions support, but it sure would be nice if they were all standardized on one server so all employees could see the information.

Answer (August 4, 2004): First, just a point of clarification. What you are referring to are the Web browsers, not Web servers.

The Web Advisory Group (WAG) provides recommendations for Web standards at UCAR. The WAG's Web browser recommendation is to use an up-to-date version of either Netscape or Internet Explorer. As of July 2004, those versions are Netscape 7.1 for numerous platforms and Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 for Windows XP. These are the current standards-compliant browsers that most Web professionals develop for and test their sites with.

However, bear in mind that the WAG is an advisory body to the Web Engineering Group hosted in SCD. The engineering group is responsible for the infrastructure to run the UCAR/NCAR centralized Web services. While the WAG is composed of divisional -representatives, they do not impose standards upon the divisions.

Since UCAR employees enjoy the freedom to follow their personal software preferences, they can also choose to use another browser. Examples include Mozilla 1.7 and Safari 1.2.2. The WAG simply recommends that only current standards-compliant browsers be used and issues the caveat that browsers other than Netscape 7 and Internet Explorer 6 are not officially tested or supported.   Users of other browsers may encounter occasional bugs and display problems with UCAR Web sites.

-Marcus Stobbs, SCD Web engineer

From a security administration point of view, the personal recommendation of the UCAR security administrator is to skip Netscape in favor of its slightly lighter cousin Mozilla, running alongside Internet Explorer 6 on Windows and Safari on the Mac OS.

-Al Kellie, SCD director


Question 518 (received July 13): Why has the new Mesa Lab fountain not been running in 2004?

Answer (received September 17): The Mesa Lab fountain was shut down shortly after its completion to comply with the City of Boulder's restrictions on water usage driven by the drought conditions that started in 2000. The city has eased its restrictions on water usage this year, but it is encouraging continued water conservation efforts. Although the fountain is more impressive when it is in operation, there is a considerable loss of water due to both evaporation under normal conditions and overflow during windy conditions. With our many visitors and the high profile that UCAR has in the community, we feel we are setting a positive example by continuing to conserve water whenever it is possible to do so without impacting the normal operations of our facilities.  

Thank you for your question.

-John Pereira, director, Physical Plant Services


Question 520 (received August 19): Several people have noticed recently that the custodial staff is emptying our recycle bins directly into the trash. This seems to violate UCAR Policy 1-1-22 regarding UCAR's commitment to conserving natural resources. Is it indeed the case that we have abandoned the recycling of paper and, if so, why? If it has been deemed necessary to do this, is there a place, or could a place be designated, at each site where we could bring our recyclable paper to insure that it would indeed be recycled?

Answer (September 17): UCAR Policy 1-1-22 remains in place, as does our office paper recycling program. Custodians collect trash on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and recyclable paper on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trash and recyclable paper leave our buildings in separate waste streams, and our collection procedures are designed to avoid any mixing of these streams.

On occasion the custodians will empty a full wastebasket or recycle bin on an unscheduled day, but the waste streams are to remain separate during this process. Custodians occasionally find paper in wastebaskets or trash in recycle bins, which they attempt to re-sort, if practical. When this contamination cannot be easily corrected, the bin contents are declared trash and disposed of as such.

Please report any violations of these procedures to Maintenance at 303-497-1120 or maintreq@ucar.edu and we will correct the problem.

-Dave Maddy, Physical Plant Services


Question 524 (received September 23): There is a flyer in the elevator in FL-2 for the sale of some coupon books for an organization called Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. The flyer includes a logo of a hand holding a cross. Doesn't this violate UCAR policy regarding religious organizations advertising on UCAR premises?

Answer (received September 23): Posting of this type of notice is specifically prohibited under UCAR Policy 4-1-7, which states, "Employees may not engage in solicitation of other employees on behalf of non-UCAR activities, such as clubs, societies, religious organizations, labor unions, or similar associations, during the work time of either the solicitor or the person being solicited." The flyer in the FL-2 elevator has been removed.

-Liz Kriete, administrator, Safety and Site Services


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Mari Bradley

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