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FOA creates reference web site for fibre-optics

Claimed to be the most comprehensive set of information on fibre-optics anywhere, the Fibre-Optic Association's Online Fibre Optic Reference Guide is now available.

The Fibre-Optic Association (FOA) has created a new free online reference site for fibre-optics that contains what it claims to be the most comprehensive collection of information on fibre-optics anywhere. The reference site was created as a complement to traditional textbooks like the FOA's Fibre-Optic Technicians Manual but it can be kept up to date more easily, can be accessed from anywhere and is much less expensive than printed books.

The new FOA site was created as a reference site for schools and students studying for FOA certifications and as a readily available reference for FOA-certified technicians needing a refresher course or a place to find information they need while on the job. In keeping with the FOA's charter to promote the use of fibre-optics through education, the site is available to anyone interested in fibre-optics at no cost.

"The Internet has lots of information on fibre-optics," said FOA President Jim Hayes, "but it's often written from a commercial point of view, outdated, incomplete and very difficult to find using search engines. The goal of the FOA Online Fibre-Optic Reference is to provide more complete and technically correct information on one web site available to everyone for free."

The site comprises basic reference materials in conventional web pages, topical tutorials in slide-show format and reference documents formated for easy printing. For example, from the site you can read about fibre-optic termination, watch a slide show tutorial on termination and see a "virtual hands-on" step-by-step lesson on how to actually perform the termination. Typical hands-on processes like cable preparation, termination, splicing and testing are covered in great detail. Study guides are available for both students and instructors.

The FOA's fibre-optic reference site is organised to make it easy to find information through a linked table of contents. Recognising the growing use of portable web-enabled devices like the iPhone and other smart phones, the site is formated simply so mostpages can be viewed easily on a small-screen device as well as a larger computer screen. Access by portable web devices means the site can be accessed from the job site by those needing some information or advice.

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