Platges de Balears, thanks to its quality and content, which promotes tourism, is a comprehensive online catalogue of the beaches in the Balearic Islands that has been incorporated into www.illesbalears.es.
The information provided makes it easy for possible beach users to get to know and access up-to-the-minute data on swimming conditions, which helps ensure safety.
This project is sponsored by the Direcció General d'Emergències of the Conselleria de Interior del Govern de les Illes Balears, and is managed through the collaboration of all the municipalities in the Balearic Islands. The Conselleria de Turisme del Govern de les Illes Balears is in charge of publicising the website to make it known to visitors and residents alike.
The singularity of the beaches in the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands compared to the rest of Spain and their frequent use for sports and leisure activities requires the establishment of a series of safety and protection measures that complement and expand existing standards.
In this sense and in addition to other activities carried out by the Direcció General d'Emergències in the area of safe beaches, this website is considered an essential tool for informing and coordinating users, municipalities, rescue services and the Direcció General d'Emergències.
Apart from the web site with public access, PlatgesdeBalears.com has an administration tool, backoffice, which allows the staff of the city councils which are responsible for the security on the beaches of the municipality to update the bathing conditions (even on directly on the beach with a PDA or a mobile phone with GPRS or UMTS connection). This tool makes it also easier to notify Direcció General d'Emergències the incidences on the beaches.
The website PlatgesdeBalears.com is developed using the XHTML standards for the content and CSS for the appearance, following the recommendations of the organization. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This new design paradigma offers, in contrast to the traditional web design characterized by the use of tables for the visual structure of the web (and the application of the HTML and CSS standards), the following advantages: