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From: Dennis Ahern <>
Subject: Re: web authoring software [was Scottish Family Tree]
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 12:33:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Steve Hayes <> wrote:
: On Sat, 18 Aug 2007 02:32:39 +0000 (UTC), Dennis Ahern <>
: wrote:

:>I am still creating and maintaining all of my websites with the equivalent
:>of Notepad. There isn't anything I can think of that's worth doing that
:>you can't do with handwritten HTML. A lot of websites go overboard with
:>fancy stuff that do not add any value to the content. All sizzle and no
:>steak. Genealogists want information, not entertainment.

: While I use an ordinary word processor to tweak and edit web pages, web
: authoring software is still sometimes useful in creating them from scratch,
: because it saves a lot of keystrokes (with the consequent danger of
: typos) in trping the HTML markup.

I avoid retyping of most of my repetitive formatting codes by keeping a
file of templates and just cutting and pasting and then filling in the
content. For example, in my Ahern obituary pages, where I have over 3,400
full text Ahern obituaries dating back to 1757, I have the following shell
set up [the pre/pre code is in case anyone is reading this in HTML]:

<pre>
<TR><TD></TD>
<TD></TD><TD><i></i></TD>
<TD><a href="ahobit.htm# "> </a></TD><TD><br></TD></TR>
<p><a name=""></a><table BORDER WIDTH="70%">
<TR><TD><table><TR><TH><b> </b></TH></TR>
<TR><TD>
</TD></TR>
<tr ALIGN="right"><TD> &#151; <i></i> </TD></TR></table></TD></TR></table>
<a href="ahobidx.htm">Back to Index</a>
</pre>

In addition to using these templates, I have CSS style sheets in each file
that control certain aspects of the individual tables used for the text of
each obituary. This reduces the size of the files considerably, unlike,
for example Microsoft's Frontpage, which produces needlessly massive files
sizes by uneccessarily repeating format instructions for just about every
paragraph.

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Dennis Ahern | The Ahern Family Genealogy Website
Acton, Massachusetts | http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~aherns/
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