SPECIAL REPORT : Site Changes for 2010

Some significant changes have been made to my Majors team sites for the 2010 season. Changes were made to:

Note : some changes were also applied to selected 2009 sites after the end of the 2009 season.

Important Note for New Users : if you have never used a Mississauga Majors team site made by Chuck Upsdell, you should read the special report for new users before you read the rest of this page.

All Pages

Changes have been made in all pages for 2010:

  • No special effort is made anymore to make the pages compatible with Internet Explorer 5, a browser released in mid-1999 which has long been hopelessly obsolete. Microsoft ended all support for it in mid-2010. Most of the site will probably work with this browser, though not well, but there are no guarantees.

  • Support for mobile devices such as cellphones was improved, however, cellphone browsers which fail to support standards will still be unable to display pages, or will continue to display pages poorly.

  • An icon has been added to the bottom right of each page which, when clicked, goes to the top of that page. The icon depends on the page style which the user has selected; it is one of these:

    Go to the top of this page Go to the top of this page

  • Style 2008, one of the three page styles which people can choose, was changed so that all menus have ruby headers and sapphire menu choices: previously the left vertical menus were like this, but the horizontal menus’ dropdown menus were the reverse, with sapphire headers and ruby menu choices. The menus were made the same for the sake of greater consistency, to minimize possible confusion.

  • In mid-2010 any menu item going to another website became gold or blue coloured — the colour depending on the page style — as a hint to users that clicking the menu item will go to some other website. Menu items going to pages within this website remain white.

Team Sites

Additional changes have been made in each team site for 2010:

  • A Mobile News page has been added for mobile devices such as cellphones. This page offers the same list of new items and upcoming events as the team’s News page. The page works only with sufficiently capable devices: for details, see “Why is the site different on my handheld / mobile device?

  • The News page’s list of upcoming events has been enhanced to work better in the off-season: previously the page listed the events for the coming 10 days; in mid-2010 this was changed so that, if there is no event scheduled in the next 10 days, the page will instead list the next two scheduled events, even if these events are far in the future.

  • The Calendar page has been revised. Instead of having a separate page for each month’s calendar, the Calendar page now has the entire calendar. Also, the list of months at the top of the Calendar page has been made much more compact, and the calendar takes up the full width of the browser window so that you can see more of the calendar without scrolling. Finally, the portion of the What’s Up page which has a copy of the calendar has been revised in the same manner.

  • A button going to Google Maps has been added to each team’s Home/News page. The button may look a little different for different teams, but generally looks something like this:

    Google Maps

  • A button has been added to each team’s Home/News page which goes to a page with information about the 2010 Winter Olympics. The button may look a little different for different teams, but generally looks something like this:

    2010 Olympics

  • For tournaments which are distant, a button appears on each tournament page which goes to a page with weather information for the tournament’s locale, and/or a button appears which goes to a page with a map to that locale. The buttons may look a little different for different teams, but generally look something like this:

    Local WeatherGoogle Maps

  • Administrative pages have been added to each team site which enable coaches and managers to post urgent messages on their sites, right away, without involving the webmaster. These pages are password protected so that messages cannot be posted by unauthorized personel. Note : the administrative pages don’t work with Internet Explorer 5, a browser released in mid-1999 which lacks essential features of more modern browsers.

Resources

Other changes have been made in this section of the site, which offers information useful to all teams: