New FeaturesPosted by Paul S on Sun July 22, 2001 at 0h00
Okay, now to the features! Actually, there really isn't all that much to
talk about. Though all of the pages look different and the site has a new
structure, it's more or less the same stuff as before. I've added a few small
things, but nothing earth-shattering. The update was largely technical; from
my point of view the site is VASTLY DIFFERENT from what it used to be! But
anyhow, here's what's new, from least-technical to most-technical:
- New Appearance - Obviously, the site looks way different. There
are now multiple navigation bars and they appear at the top of the page
instead of the left side. Gone are the graphical "buttons" which were
largely unnecessary. There are also text-based navigation bars at
the bottom of each page. Because I don't entirely like how things
turned out, I will probably change the appearance of the navigation
bars at the top in the near future. However, the general idea will
remain the same.
- .png files replace .gif files - .gif is a proprietary,
copyrighted format and there are numerous horror stories about sites
and companies being sued over their use. .png is a public format
that's becoming increasingly more used on web sites, and you can add
this site to that list. .png files can be displayed by all of the
major browsers and a lot of other ones.
- Quicker Access to Information - The tables or lists of links on
index pages have all been moved to the top of the page. This lets you
find the results more quickly with little or no scrolling. The
introductory and explanatory material is still available at the bottom
of the pages for those that need them.
- New Section - The Members only section will be a
password-protected area for Calgary club members only. As mentioned
above, it's not ready yet (and the links will not work), but it
should be available in the next few days.
- New Subsection - There's a new section for Randall
School. Read the separate announcement about Scrabble® School
(below) to learn more.
- New Page - A
list of upcoming
nearby out-of-town tournaments is now available. These are
tournaments that our members will be most interested in travelling to.
When possible I'll link to detailed information on these tournaments
(on other sites) and list the names of club members who will be
- Renamed Section - The old Ladder Archive is now known as
the Club Results
Archive. Sounds much better, eh?
- Convenience - If you want to get the latest club results, you
can bookmark http://www.calgary374.org/club/results/latest.cgi
and you'll be automatically redirected to the newest club results. Of
course, this will become more useful when I finally catch up on the
club results (which is my next project now that the renovation is
done). Similar links will be added for tournament results,
out-of-town results, and other areas later.