Re: Harbeth Newsletter: No. 5, February 2008
The red text was in fact uncorrected spelling mistakes - now fixed. As for the navigation column on the left of the page, what you are asking for is that to be held in a page frame. Actually, 'page frames' are an early method of web page creation that fell out of favour several years ago. Page frames confused web browsers and search engines and were abandoned by all professional web designers. They also look terrible.
The new Harbeth web site is technically very sophisticated in the way it is structured. Every word, every link, every picture is pulled instantaneously from a database underneath the site and served up to your web browser. To your browser and your eyes, the pages look as they ever did: complete and colourful. But actually, disconnected from the underlying database they would look like a spreadsheet, with cells that point to the data. All the data is on our server - what you pull to your PC is only what you need, according to the pages you visit, on demand. This is why the product Registration section dovetails so neatly with the database itself. This php structure is the very best way of building a professional web site, but it has taken a year to do so. Over time we have many refinements and extensions planned.
There is one huge advantage of this method: flexibility. To change anything on any page merely requires us to edit the pointer or the database item, and this can be done from any PC anywhere on earth without specialist web creation software. In fact, thanks to jet lag which kept me awake, I wrote about half of the BBC History section on-line in my hotel room in Las Vegas using my Firefox web browser and no other tools.
If you are not using Firefox you should be.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK