Welcome to the new Calgary Scrabble® Group web site! I
apologise for the delay in getting the new site operational. There was
more work than I expected! In fact, the site is still incomplete in
some less crucial areas (see next item).
This new site has been designed with
several goals in mind, and I'd like to take a bit of time to explain
these goals and generally introduce the new site.
Most noticably, a goal of the new site was a total makeover. The
old text-based site was fine for content, but it just didn't carry the
image of a modern web site. Now that the site has proven itself to be
a success, I felt it needed a new design. The new site is more
colourful and features more graphics. However, the graphical content
has still been kept to a minimum to ensure fast page loading.
The second, though most important goal, is user-friendliness. With
the old site, adding new sections made the site clumsy, as the main
index page filled up with crudely sorted links. All navigation was
done via the index page, with the occasional link inside a page to help
in obvious places. News was crammed into the main index, leaving me
little room for descriptive announcements like this one. Now, on this
news page, I have as much room as I need, and I will soon archive news
for future reference. To keep visitors alerted to new developments,
however, the news headlines will be posted on the index page, as you
probably already noticed when you first entered the site.
On this new site, the dynamic navigation bar on the left side makes
all pages on this site just two or three clicks away. Information is
sorted into intelligent categories, and when you get to a category's
page the navigation bar will expand to provide easy navigation inside
that category. You've probably seen this design on many other web
pages. I like it, and think it works well, so I have chosen it as this
site's model. Best of all, it does not use frames to mess up your
browser window. By the way, you'll also see more links throughout the
actual text in the pages for instant information access, which is of
course what hypertext is all about.
From my point of view, the old site was also becoming a pain to
maintain. Aside from the problem of finding places to put new
information, the site was too annoying to work on from a technical
viewpoint. This new site is much more comfortable for me to work on,
and I believe that will translate into an overly better site.
The last goal is to expand this site's audience and overall
usefulness. The original site was setup simply for Calgary club
members and players wishing to come to Calgary tournaments. The goal
of the new site is for it to become a starting point for any
Scrabble® players interested in joining the club and/or tournament
There's an entire section dedicated to
new & prospective players, with special
introductions to organized Scrabble® in
general, and a tournament briefing for
players about to play in their first tournament. This is information
which I feel has been missing in the online Scrabble® world.
There are lots of pages with raw information that assume people know
what they are doing, but nothing to put this information into context
for new players. While I wouldn't go as far as to call this site
"Scrabble® for Dummies", I hope to provide a hand for new players
to hold as they cross the bridge to the world of organized
Of course, the new site also has plenty to satisfy those original
target users. All of the old sections like the
Ladder Archive and
Tournament Results Archive are still here,
and are better than ever!
This site has undergone rigorous testing using Netscape, IE, and
even Lynx, but still may have bugs. On web sites, bugs are defined as
both technical and cosmetic errors, so if something looks wrong, it
probably is! PLEASE let me know of any bugs immediately! Also,
I have a cable internet connection, so I am generally not able to tell
if a page has too much stuff to load quickly at modem speed. If
something takes too long to load because of graphics, please let me
know! Of course, if something takes too long to load because of its
text content, just sit back and remember that you're visiting one of
the most detailed Scrabble® sites around.
There's just so much more to this web site that I can't devote
anymore space to describing it. The best advice is to just start
flying around using the navigation bar and explore it for yourself!