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About this Renaissance Web site

This is my first attempt at publishing a web site. I have never been a fan of whirling thing-a-ma-bobs, spinning graphics or music. I find them to be, for the most part, quite distracting.

So you won't find many of those types of things on this site.

The site currently has over 400 pages of information so take your time and look around. If you happen to find typo's or outdated/incorrect information, please email me so I can make the corrections. (Note that I do not show any direct email hyperlinks on the web site. This is to keep "bots" from harvesting email addresses and then bombarding me with spam. When you click on the link it will show you where you are sending the email if you are really that curious).

After 300+ pages of typing I know there are typo's but I kinda get "blind" to them.

I bought Dreamweaver (Macromedia) and Fireworks (Macromedia) to publish the site. After a lot of reading, re-reading and re-re-reading I could usually figure out how to do something.

If you want to test your patience then I highly recommend buying two completely new software programs that you know absolutely nothing about and trying to use them.

Then couple that with Google trying a new way for website designers to get their information to Google and it becomes even more fun. Google is trying a trial (beta) version of using XML site maps to tell them how to index your site. The Google website has the information but I quickly became bogged down in language I knew nothing about. Then I found this. It's a program that generates the required Google code to allow you to tell Google where to find the website data, in the form they are looking for. The program works great and it's free. If anyone out there is looking to use the new Google website upload program then I highly recommend it. You can find more information and download the program here: . I have no affiliation with the person or the site, I just know it works great, is simple to use and is priced where I like

Now back to my original thought process.... bottom line is that I realize the Renaissance site may not have the smooth look of professionally designed sites and without the animated graphics you might even consider the site a little drab. The thing I tried to keep in mind is that I use the internet to find information and not to be entertained by the web sites. So I built this site to make it very easy (hopefully you agree) to find information relating to the Renaissance and Renaissance Faires.

I am always looking for ways to make this site better so if you have a suggestion for a new category or if you happen to find information that is outdated or incorrect please let me know.

Now, back to my comment above about using new software as a way to test your patience...I'm kidding, don't do it unless you are a hermit and/or have very limited contact with other human beings (I guess limited animal contact would be OK). It will drive you crazy. OK maybe not crazy but you will certainly be grumpy and difficult to get along with. As proof, you can ask my wife.

I hope you enjoy the site.

Ray Smith
Bedford, TX





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