Inauguration sites standing by

Although the presidential race remains in a state of suspended animation, two official Web sites are available to provide information about the inauguration of the 43rd president — even without knowing the name of the winner.

Both Web sites were planned long before the ongoing election chaos. The sites are part of a comprehensive plan to celebrate the Jan. 20, 2001, inauguration of the new president and provide information online and in real time to anyone in the world.

One site has been set up by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which will coordinate activities at the Capitol — including the swearing-in ceremony and parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. The committee's Web site (inaugural.senate.gov) has little content on it yet, but it is expected to provide a wealth of information about the celebration in the next few weeks, including how to get tickets for activities related to the inauguration.

The other site is by the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which began working on inaugural activities last January. The Web site will display real-time images of the swearing-in ceremony, the parade and other inaugural events. In addition, the site provides outreach to help teachers and communities to get involved in the inauguration.

The site (www.afic.army.mil) went online Oct. 31, but with all eyes still on the outcome of the vote, it has had fewer than 500 visitors.

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