Using the CA Website
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Using the Site Menu
Navigation depends on the screen size of the device you are using to view the site, but on all devices, the top bar logo takes you to the home page (where you'll find a set of buttons linking to the most-used parts of the website), a search button, and on small screens, the menu button, which opens up a set of links to the main areas of the site - those links appear in the top bar on bigger screens. Watch one of the videos for details:
At the top of each page is a breadcrumb trail showing the menu selection needed to get to that page - you can click on the higher levels in the trail to navigate up the tree.
Finding What You Want
Each page is visible only to particular categories of visitors, though most are public - log in to see more. This security feature places some information out of the reach of search engines, such as Google. Consequently, the site has its own search facility, accessible via the Members Search item in the Members' Area section of the site menu.
You can also explore the site through the site map - a file-system-like visualisation of all pages accessible to you. Log in first (if you're a Council or committee member don't forget to enable your privileges), and then click on the folder icons to show and hide the detail below them - or hide/show all with the controls at the bottom of the screen. Just click on a page title to view its contents. At the top of the screen, inside configure display twisties (little orange triangles that when clicked reveal or hide more information or controls), you can choose to show more detail, such as owner committee or last validation date. Most of these settings are remembered between visits to the page - click the reset configuration button to revert to default settings. As with most tabular views, click on a column heading to sort by that column (though here it makes sense only if you hide the tree icons). You can focus the view at any folder by clicking on the tree icon next to that folder - the same icon appears at the foot of each page and takes you to that page alongside its siblings in the site map.
Keeping it Current
The biggest problem with any website is keeping the information current and correct. The CA website identifies each page as owned by one of its committees and shows in the page footer when a member of that committee most recently validated that the page is up-to-date.
Click on on the left of any page footer to see full information about the page (including a full change history) and, for members of the owning committee, a button to mark the page as newly validated up-to-date, re-assign the page to another committee, or ask that it be withdrawn or deleted.
Logged-in readers are invited to report that a page needs additional information or an update (using the feedback link at the foot of the page). Raising such a comment marks the page as needing revision.
Page owners can view a list of their pages and validation dates, with those marked for revision highlighted (on the site search page).
When owning-committee members view any of their pages that have not been validated in the previous 18 months, they are invited in a pop-up header to review the page.
Appointed committee members can edit their owned pages and, when publishing their changes, can indicate that the page has been completely validated, as distinct from had a minor correction or update.
Linking to Pages
All pages are now accessed using the notation croquet.org.uk/?p=<page> - thus the browser's address bar contents can be saved as a favourite or emailed to someone, safe in the knowledge that it uniquely identifies the page you are looking at.
As each page is edited, its content is kept consistent with the site's general look, even though dozens of different people may edit them. Anyone who can use a word processor has the skills to edit a page online, and the system makes it as easy as it can be with a safe environment where the user can concentrate on the content and not the technology.
Broken links are a thing of the past because it's not possible to publish a revised page until all its links are resolved - and if a page is moved or deleted, all the pages referencing it are updated to suit.
Before publishing a page, the owner sees a direct comparison with earlier versions. Reverting to an earlier version is easy too if a mistake is found. Users can compare an earlier version of the page using the same tool - see the page information in the footer.
Photos can be uploaded, resized and incorporated into the edited page in a variety of ways.
Each page is owned by a committee, and every member of that committee has rights to review and record their comments. Individuals can be granted rights as a page editor, which allows them to edit any of the pages that their committee memberships give them rights over.
Information About Pages, their History and Comments
Information about, and older versions of, a page can be seen and compared by following the page information link at the foot of each page. The references view shows all the pages (news items, etc.) that link to that page and all the links from that page to elsewhere. This page also shows the comments people have made about it.
Publishing a page updates automatically the what's new list (off the search page).
The following shortcuts are available, making it simpler to give instructions in print. In all cases, the basic website can be abbreviated (in print) to croquet.org.uk (rather than https://www.croquet.org.uk)
- croquet.org.uk/unsubscribe Update personal preferences (after logging in).
- croquet.org.uk/myhandicaps update handicaps (after logging in).
- croquet.org.uk/calendar/<123> View calendar item #123.
- croquet.org.uk/news/<123> news item #123.
- croquet.org.uk/join Join online page.
- croquet.org.uk/ncd National Croquet Day/Week page.
- croquet.org.uk/ncw National Croquet Day/Week page.
- croquet.org.uk/vote CA Council Elections.
- croquet.org.uk/survey = Survey app.
- croquet.org.uk/clubs/<club-name> redirects to club's website, or their CA-website details page if none registered.