WOO is the swiss army knife of desktop shortcuts,
YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION
Calendars; Live Travel; Maps; Timetables; Job Searching; Weather; Parcel Tracking;
Recycling ideas; Money Saving, handy tips & ideas;
TV & Radio links; How to fix it videos.
Hospitals; Doctors; Dentists; Vets; Crime; Flood information; Disaster & Emergencies; First-Aid advice; Family Safety; Home Support.
Contact numbers and websites for your local Schools; Colleges; Council Departments; News; Local Businesses and services.
There are various specialist sections, WOO-SAFE is all about keeping your family safe.
WOO-HOME concentrates on household advice.
WOO-FIT is excercise for those who cannot attend a gym.
WOO-KIDS helps keep the little ones amused and helps them learn.
Before the Mobile and Internet age most households had both local telephone directories and advertising directories, there were also 'Pink Cards', printed advertising sheets that were put through the door which displayed local numbers to local businesses, all these have now ceased to be.
I wanted to not only replace these and once again have the information close to hand, but to greatly improve on them and have something easy to access whether at home, work or outside in the street. Access to Emergency information and contact numbers of Hospitals Doctors and Dentists, along with the numbers you may need quickly such as schools and plumbers.
The webpages go much further than the old printed directories, they utilise videos and pictures, and nearly everything you see is a clickable link that will give you even further information, Click on a name and it will take you directly to the contact number or even website. There are also useful tools such as converters and calculators at hand for when you need them, and special sections that enable you to access TV, or offer advice and help, some even show you how to do things by video.
Aware that people do not want to download 'apps' or use up disk space, I decided to create it purely as a website, giving the user the option of creating a small (2kb) shortcut on their desktop to instantly bring the information to view.
To create a tiny shortcut on your desktop, first choose your area from above, then pick your nearest town, highlight the full address shown in the address bar, then using the right button on a blank area of your desktop choose 'New'. Paste the address into the box and press OK, Another box will open for you to name the shortcut eg 'Woo'. Tuck this new icon away in the corner of your desktop and you will have instant access to your own local information.