The Next Bus is the name of my latest little web app, and this is a little post to explain why I wrote it.
Ever since I started my new job, I’ve had to start learning a whole new bunch of bus times. My last job was easy, I just used to wander across the road to the interchange and wait for the 29, the timetable told me when the next one was available.
Now however I have to catch the bus from West Bar, and the timetable just says “up to every X minutes”, but no indication of when that actually is.
There is however a service provided by Travel South Yorkshire, but good luck trying to view that on your mobile phone or PDA, even if your device can render the seemingly infinite recursion of frames, the table that presents the timetable is missing some vital tags, the one that starts a new row for example, the HTML just gives the tags to end a row. More by good luck than good judgement, most desktop browsers manage to render this.
So last night I decided to do something about it. I’ve written a web app that takes the bad markup and cleans it up, rendering your stop information as valid XHTML 1.0 Strict.
Go to http://thenextbus.appspot.com with your mobile device and enter your stop number, if you’re not stood next to the bus stop right now, you can find the stop number by searching http://tsy.acislive.com/. Once you have your stop on screen, simply save it as a bookmark to use next time.
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