[text last updated 20 June 2006 - graph updated monthly]
The UK group started developing this site during 1996/7 and we would like to thank medhelp.org for hosting the pages for us.
The graph below shows the number of accesses (hits) per month to the contents list, general pages, and graphics on the site. 25,000 hits a month approximates to 100 people per day looking at the home page plus three other pages.
During October 2001, AIS featured in two UK TV hospital drama programmes ("Doctors" and "Holby City"); and also in a Sunday Times article (which will have brought AIS, and this web site, to the attention of some 2 million UK readers). This may account for the 54% increase in hits during that month. In April 2002, an article mentioning AIS and our website appeared in (the May edition of) a UK women's magazine. The number of hits went up by 22% in that month.
We thought that the large spike in January 2006 was possibly due, at least in part, to the fact that intensive maintenance work was being done on the live site during that month, involving frequent access to the pages. But this work didn't go on beyond the first week in February and yet the hit rate continued to rise in February, March and April, so could have been a real phenomenon.
If you would like to tell us which pages you've found particularly helpful and what improvements you would like to see, please contact the UK group.
The hierarchy of pages is colour-coded to help in orientation:
Level 1 (top level) = cream-coloured (main pages like this page and those
listed on the left)
Level 2 (middle level) = pale green (articles/discussions) or pale purple (personal stories)
Level 3 (lower level) = white (letters relating to articles/discussions). There are only a few of these.
You can retrace your steps from any page by using the 'left arrow' button in your browser's toolbar.
Some of our web pages provide access to documents in PDF (Portable Document Format) that you can view/print and/or download to your computer. Before you can do this you'll need some PDF Reader software on your PC. Two such packages are available as a free download (you may need to specify which PC platform you are using, e.g. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP):
Once you have a PDF Reader installed, you are ready to access PDF files via web pages, as follows:
Note: Not all browsers behave the same way; the document will most likely be displayed in the right-hand frame (where this text currently appears). With some browsers you can force the document to be displayed in another copy of the browser and it will display better. If you are reading it online, don't forget that you can resize the frames (click and drag) to make the document display better. However, since you are most likely going to print the document and not read it on-line, it may not be important how nicely it displays on the screen.