DIOCESAN WEB TEAM: This page contains the "Styles" or currently in use protocols for maintenance of pages on our site, and colors, conventions and styles. Some of this could be filed under “Notes” but we are not using that featrue due to some irregularities in the interface with DW MX 2004, and DW 4.0. (This page does not follow any of the site protocols.)
Last Updated May 6, 2007
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT PROCEDURE
TEMPLATE: Many of the old templates remain on the site, but the current template to use is “BasicPage”. When opening this template to create a new file, you must FIRST click in the editable region, and the cursor will appear in the MIDDLE left of that space. Insert whatever you wish to add, then insert enough RETURNS at the bottom of your text to push the content up to the top of the page (If the content is not at the top).
TEXT STYLE: Text default is set to “Alial/Helvetica/Sans-serif” Point size: 16. This will work fine for most new material. If the amount of text is sufficient, reduce the point size to 14. Topic lists which are links should be Bold Face.
PAGE TITLES: The title of each page should be inserted in the Body of the Template in Verdana 18pt, Italic, Bold, Upper and Lower Case, and set to Dark Brown color (#AD9770). That text and color are set in the Template in the word "Header" Just replace that word with the title of the new page.
COLORS: The color scheme of the template is the standard throughout. Text can remain in black (#000000), though the preferable color is maroon (#993300). Titles within the page are Dark Brown (#AD9770). Page Body background is cream (#FFFFCC). All this is set in the template Preferences, but you may have occasion to specify the colors outside the template.
Occasional use of red (#FF0000) is permitted for emphasis. Green is set as the default color of hypertext links (and visited links are the same as the preferred text color (#993300).
FILE NAMES: All folders are in capitals; All files are Upper and lower case. The File extension is variously “.html” or “.htm” and there is no problem with mixing these, however, when linking to a file, be sure you use the file extension EXACTLY as it appears in the file name. Neither files nor folders can have spaces within their name. There may be some older incorrect foldernames but they should be changed as some browsers will not read any file/folder name properly it if contains spaces.
FILE EXTENTION: The permitted extentions on this site are .html, .htm, .jpg, .gif, .doc, & .pdf . No other file types are presently posted on the site. ".html" and "/ADMINISTRATION/WEBTEAM/PROTOCOLS/.htm" are interchangable. Either is OK for web pages, however in setting links, one must be sure that the correct file extention is referenced as web browsers treat them as different files. The best way to assure proper linking is to ALWAYS use the linking folder in the Property Inspector.
Directory file names are preceeded with an underline, so that they will file at the top of the alphabetical listing of all the files within that directory; and have the letters "Dir" appended to the subject before the extention (eg: "/ADMINISTRATION/WEBTEAM/PROTOCOLS/_MissionDir.htm") . All the other material related to that topic is then displayed in the list below the "Directory"
DATES(in file names) are YY.MM.DD. The Year comes first so that the files will automatically list chronologically. Be sure to ALWAYS use a 2 digit number for each item (ie: January = “01”), or the file will be located out of chronological order. There is NO SPACE between the end of the file name and the year number. (Note that the elements of the date are separated by “.” NOT “/”.)
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Why certain things are the way they are:
• No way to return to HOME page:
The Home Page is really a splash page designed for the first time visitor. It presents both an image and textual support for who we are. Since the site is really designed as a resource for Episcopalians in Nevada, it is the designer’s opinion that one would rarely wish to go back to the Splash page — rare enough not to consume valuable menu space with that feature. The "front page" of the site is actually WHAT'S NEW and we encourage those who use the site regularly to bookmark that page as the default page for our site.
• Where are the images stored?
General images that are used throughout the site are stored in ADMINISTRATION / PHOTOARCHIVE. The thought is that the image library is a part of the site administration and not a general “topic” of site contents. They are therefor not at the root level of the site. Images that are related to a specific topic or person are in an IMAGES folder within that topic. An example is ENEJ.jpg. This image is specific to the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and is therefore in the PEACE & JUSTICE folder of COMMITTEES-COMMISSIONS. Such images might certainly be used in other places, but if one wants a specific image to link elsewhere, THINK ABOUT WHAT PART OF THE SITE THE IMAGE PRIMARILY DEALS WITH. This design has both the advantage of keeping the general PHOTOARCHIVE from being unwieldily and avoids unnecessary scrolling through the site during coding of new material.
PERMISSIONS POLICY: Any requests for permission to quote material or use images are granted, by policy, unless it is material for which someone else holds the copyright, or images the creator of which has specifically requested that permission not be given.
eMail POLICY: eMail sent to the site is received and read at least daily (M-F), and any questions are acknowledged or answered within 3 business days. The "email@example.com" eMail address presently is picked up by Barbara Lewis in the Diocesan office and is forwarded to whichever member of the webteam she thinks can best handle the issue (or forwarded to the entire team if appropriate). That eMail address is variously set to links called "Web Editor," "Webteam" etc.
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