GENUKI Maintainers' Pages

Version 2.1

Hints And Help For Beginners

Choose your HTML editor carefully

Because of the problems that have occurred using a WYSIWYG HTML editor to generate GENUKI pages, beginners might benefit from some advice. A WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor is one that presents web pages in their final, displayable, form for editing often using commands and mouse movements to place or move text and/or images. Such editors generate HTML which ensures that the page, when presented on the web, looks very similar to the form displayed when editing.

However, they usually have problems:

For these reasons, many maintainers avoid using WYSIWYG editors and instead make use of an HTML-aware text editor. However, many WYSIWYG editors can be used in such a way to create satisfactory GENUKI pages. This is why it is important that GENUKI maintainers have a basic understanding of HTML and the web, allowing them to identify and fix problems. In addition to this they need to be confident with directory structure management (to set up and maintain web pages) and FTP (to upload web pages to their web server).

If you are planning to use a WYSIWYG editor it would be wise to seek advice from existing GENUKI volunteers on potential pitfalls, and how to avoid them. Some relevant advice is also available from the maintainers' page on the subject of maintenance software.

Ideas for locating information for reference from GENUKI

The web is now a primary source of local information and, once you know where to look, it's relatively easy to find. Here we list some of the ways that have been found for locating relevant information. Of course, don't forget the famous web search engines like Google and Yahoo. If you search for a particular place name you will probably get too many hits, but with experience you will find the search terms to use to get what you want. In particular the tourist/local information and local government ones are particularly useful sources.

The suggestions that follow are grouped by location in the GENUKI hierarchy, under the appropriate subject headings to use on the pages. The links are those that contain information for any location within the specified subject and don't indicate where the link should sit in the GENUKI hiearchy. Have a search round each link as some have quite a lot of information and it's not always immediately obvious where to go.

More ideas

The pages on Developing a County and Developing a Parish contain additional useful advice and details on what content could be included, how to find it, and how to format it.

When you think you've finished

Before uploading your pages to the web please check all links. If you choose to run a link checker, either on your own computer, or using a service available on the internet, there is further advice available on which products and services are available on the maintenance software page.

If you have any links between pages, say from a county page to a parish page, it is necessary to use relative rather than absolute links:

For example, if you want to place a link from file "a.html" to another file "b.html" and both files are stored in the same directory, you should use a link of the form:

<a href="b.html">myLink</a>
instead of something like:
<a href="">myLink</a>

Relative links like the first one are shorter, allow you to test your links offline on your own computer and are a great help if web pages ever have to move to another host.

It is also a good idea to read through your pages carefully before uploading, possibly even reading them out loud to check that they make sense. It is easy when typing to miss out a letter, or transpose two letters. A quick read through can pick up on that. It may also be wise to make careful use of a spell-checker.

It's optional to include a What's New page with your county, so, when you have uploaded the new version of parish pages please ensure that the changes are added to your What's New page, if it exists. See the advisory technical standards page for advice on What's New pages.

After uploading your pages you should continue to maintain them, adding new information as it comes to light and correcting any mistakes which are pointed out to you. As time goes on, your pages will gradually evolve into a detailed information resource and will be of benefit to many researchers all over the world, thanks to your valuable contribution.

[Last updated at 11.59 on Monday, 1 Dec 2014, by Mel Lockie. 2014]
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