The purposes of this help page are to:
The focus of this help page is on technical issues—why this site works the way it does, how to find things if you are lost, and the like. This page will not help you find a lawyer or answer your legal questions—check out “Find Help” under “Resources” for a listing local legal resources that may help you if that is what you are looking for. And, if you have substantive questions about why the CCBA is doing something or about how the CCBA works, please check out our “F A Q” page, where we try to post answers to the questions we receive most frequenty.
Hopefully, if you are having a problem with something on this website you can find a solution here. If you can not, however, please do not be shy—let us know what the problem is: email a description of the problem, the operating system you are using (for example, ”Windows Vista”, “Mac OS X 10.6.2, Linux”), and the name and version number of the browser you are using (for example “Internet Explorer 8.0”, “Safari 4.0.4”, “Google Chrome”) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And what if you have a suggestion about how to improve the site, or something you would like to see added to the site? Well, we like those too. We welcome suggestions. Our users are our best editors. The whole purpose of going to all this work is to make the CCBA website work for the people who use it. So, please email any suggestions you have—you will not offend anyone and your suggestion may be something we can do.
This web site is divided into seven main pages: “Home”, “Members”, “About”, “Resources”, “Events”, “Advertising”, and “Forum”. You can navigate to each main page from the blue menu bar that is in the masthead (near the top) of every page, and the main menu list is repeated in the footer of each page. This main menu bar is the same on every page.
Each main page is further divided into sections. Each section can be accessed from the grey, page navigation bar that you will find directly above the content on the page (just below the masthead). The selections on the page navigation bar change depending on which main page you are on—there are seven different page navigation bars, one for each main page. This is a lot easier to see and use than it is to explain—just look at the top of this page.
You can always tell where you are on this site by looking at the main menu and the page navigaton bar. The name of the page you are on is darkened in the main menu, and the section you are on is highlighted on the page navigation bar (and, the name of the page you are on is also printed, in bold, at the left side of the page navigation bar.
Another way to navigate this site is through the Site Map, wich you access from the Home page. The Site Map is an outline of the entire site. The Site Map contains links to every active page on this web site; It also contains references to pages that have not yet become active, or that have been taken off line because there is no current content in the page. The Site Map is a good place to start if you get lost, or can not find something you know you found before.
This website is constructed under the standards established by the W3C—the World Wide Web Consortium. Document content has been constructed under the XHTML 1.1 Strict standard. The site has been tested and has passed W3C validation for XHTML 1.1 Strict coding.
The presentation style of this website has been constructed under the CSS 2.1 standard. Some CSS 3.0 coding has been used—CSS version 3.0 has not yet been formally adopted, although its feature set is now well known and all Standards Based web browsers now implement at least some CSS 3.0 features. Browsers that are not standards based or that are not CSS 3.0 compliant simply ignore the CSS 3.0 coding. The CSS coding used on this site has been tested and has passed W3C validation tests for CSS 2.1.
This site is compatible with all known personal computers that are capable of connecting to the internet and accesing the World Wide Web.
This site is accesible by mobile devices capable of accessing and rendering HTML web pages. Device specific style sheets are under development for the site, but have not yet been implemented. Testing for Scalable Vector Graphics—SVG and SVG Tiny—specications is pending the implemntation of device specific style sheets. This means the site has only been tested for rendering by web browsers on pesonal computers; at this time pages may or may not render correctly on a mobile device (i.e., smartphones).
This site is not dependent on any specific operating system (i.e., Windows or Mac OS X, etc.). The site is compatible with current usable operating systems that are capable of running a web browser.
Here is the fun stuff.
This web site is compatible with, and has been tested on, current versions of all major web browsers, and on many recent versions of major web browsers. Tested browsers include:
There are many other browsers in current use (such as SeaMonkey, Amaya, Flock, Maxthon, Konqueror, Chromium, Epiphany, iCab, Shiira) that have not been tested with the site—it is a practical impossibility to test every browser. The tested browsers do, however, cover the rendering engines that are used by every known web browser (for example, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Neavigator, FireFox and Camino are all based on the the “Geko” platform; Safari, Flock, Epiphany, Konqueror and Shiira use the “WebKit/KHTML” platform).
Please note, however, that different web browsers simply render web pages differently. And, different web browsers have adopted different features. Some widely–used web browsers are yet to adopt some of the style features used on this website.
This web site has been written to W3C standards—it is best viewed on a ”standards compliant“ web browser, and the closer the browser adheres to CSS 2.1, or newer, standards, the better this site will look. This site uses, to a limited extent, a few style features that are from the, CSS 3.0 standard. Many curent browsers have adopted at least some CSS 3.0 standards. For example, Safari and Google Chrome fully displays the CSS box shadows and round box corners used on ths site (and, in general, are among the most standards compliant browsers in current use). Firefox also implements many CSS 3.0 standards, but it will not display boxes with curved corners on this site that are embeded in another box (it draws square corners instead of round corners on embedded boxes). Camino behaves the same way as Firefox (which makes sense since they both use the same “engine”), but does not display shadows on boxes and images (which doesn’t make sense since it uses the same “engine” as Firefox).
Internet Explorer can present interesting problems. Version 8 works quite well with this site, but it does not display CSS shadows or rounded corners. Explorer 8 does, occasionally, insert a random line—a bar—near the botom of a page (which you probably would not even notice if we did not just tell you about it). Version 6 does not insert the random line that we occasionally see from version 8, but it tends to change the spacing on (and sometimes the placement of) page elements (pictures, graphics, text).
The point here is not to pick on any particular browser (they each have advantages and disadvantages) but to offer a potential solution if a page does not display properly in the your browser of choice: First, upgrade to the current version of the browser your operting system will take—most web browsers are free, and the newer versions tend to be more stable and more compliant to web standards; Second, try a different browser—again, most browsers are free, take a fairly short time to download, and a browser with a different rendering engine than your current browser of choice will give you a completely different experience with this (and any) web site.
This site is not written for a specific web browser, a specific operating system or a specific computer, model or brand. You do not have to use any specific browser to make the site work. There is no substantive work being done by this web site that requires features unique to any brand of browser. The site is designed so that all pages should display even if your browser does not implement some design feature we are using—in fact, you may not ever even know that the page you are viewing actually is designed differently than what you are looking at (unless you look at it on a different browser). All browsers will draw the web pages on this site differently; This is not a problem with the web site, nor is it really a problem at all. Newer browsers will implement more visual features on this site than legacy browsers will, and standards compliant browsers will be truer to the conceived web site design than browsers not so W3C compliant.