MEDIA RELEASE

Monday 2 October 1995

Ausflag goes Internet

"Ausflag now provides the most comprehensive information and graphics in the world on Australian flags, past, present and future, via the Internet," claimed Mr Harold Scruby, Executive Director of Ausflag. "Any person wishing to know anything about Australian flags and even flags of the world, can now find it on the Ausflag WWW", he said. "This will be a real boon to students and people interested in Australian flags and flags generally and also allow them to send their comments and questions to Ausflag through the WWW", he said.

Basic facts about the Ausflag WWW pages

  • Internet Address: http://www.ausflag.com.au
  • Pages went live on Monday 2 October 1995.
  • Site contains 69 pages of information and 48 flag images.
  • All flag images are separately down-loadable.
  • Pages are designed to be compatible with all WWW browsers (not just Netscape).
  • Pages are designed to be fast loading. Most pages only contain about 10 kbytes of graphics.
  • Pages are divided into four main sections: AUSFLAG, FLAGS SINCE 1788, THE FLAG DEBATE, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Complete flag histories of Australia and each state are supplied.
  • Authoritative reference sources and respected flag historians were consulted to make pages comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date.
  • Colourful graphics of new Australian flag competition winners and other new designs are beautifully presented along with advice on how to design a new Australian flag.
  • No more than three mouse clicks are required to access any page at the site making it easy to get into the desired page.
  • Intensive use of inter-document links, e.g. specialised vexillological terms in articles are linked to a glossary.
  • Ausflag supporter forms are on-line.
  • Links are provided to other WWW flag sites.
  • Even our "hotlist" (links to other sites) has a decidedly pro-Australian bias: Australian Government sites, libraries, Australian organisations and databases and more ...

Mr Scruby thanked Brendan Jones, PhD student at Macquarie University who put the Web pages together, Tony Burton and Ralph Kelly of the Australian Flag Society for their vexillological advice and Ozemail for their generosity and assistance in getting Ausflag onto the Internet.