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Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Triangle (FCAT) is completing its largest-ever price survey, with 2009 data on 133 out of 188 funeral establishments in North Carolina. The area includes most localities from the NC-VA border in the north to just below the NC-SC border on the south and west of the I-95 corridor to roughly, Burlington, Pittsboro, and Pinehurst-Southern Pines on the west.
But enough geography, already. The purpose of this post is to note that we have found a way to make a web page table sortable, so that the records for funeral homes can be sorted by firm name, zip, price for immediate burial, or any of the other columns in our table.
We would be glad to make this technology available to others, it is open-source code, but requires a working knowledge of html coding.
Also, we are in process to add code that will allow a user to quickly display a set of firms that lie in a circle centered on a chosen zip code with a radius of x-miles, say 10, for example. This is a work in progress but one that I feel confident we will accomplish.
It will provide price survey users an additional tool for using our price survey results. We expect to pay a programmer for providing the code that will link our price survey data to the zip code database and the code that calculates the zips that like in circles with a given radius.
FCAT would like to know if other affiliates are interested in either of these capabilities. We may offer these to other affiliates in North Carolina through links to fcat-nc.org, but we would be glad to work with affiliates anywhere if this will improve your online offerings.
Please comment, etc.
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