Rotary Club of Kowloon
For great web site design tips, visit "Art and the Zen of Web Sites" and Joe Burns.
The KGM website is "browser neutral": Hence stressful HTML,
DHTML & CSS tags,
complicated Java Scripts and similar items which are
not fully supported by inefficient web browsers from the Dark Side of the Force,
such as Netscape Navigator and the AOL browser :-) are not used.
The KGM website is "PC neutral": Hence "best viewed at" screen sizes and/or
resolutions need not be specified. The KGM web site can usually be viewed as intended on most
computer screens, unless you still have a steam-powered PC or a James Bond
watch-computer designed by Q!
Loading time shall be as rapid as possible: Hence the use of graphics
and background images is
kept to a minimum (preferably avoided altogether), so the main page will still look reasonably attractive,
but it will take less than 25 seconds to load on a Jurassic period 28.8k modem
and less than 15 seconds to
load on a 56k modem.
Content is more important than gimmicks: Hence "Macromedia Flash" and "Shockwave" elements, annoying moving and/or blinking messages, pop-up windows, marquee messages, scrolling status bar messages, multi-colour pages fading-in and fading-out, animated GIFs and a splash page are not used, nor do you have to download anything in order to view our web site.
However the Webmaster is
admittedly starting to
weaken in respect of "Macromedia Flash" - guess it
must be his industrial strength Prozac
kicking in !!
No cookies: Or milk. Ever. The Webmaster believes that you should
be able to "enjoy your
on-line experience" without the need for him to
place electronic "Oreos" inside your computer.
Music is not forced upon visitors:
visit our website, music does not load automatically in the background. The
webmaster, despite being a self-declared "really nice guy" and bon
vivant, firmly believes that
Webmasters of Rotary Club web sites which automatically play the
"R-O-T-A-R-Y" song on loading should be taken outside and shot.
Navigation must be simple: Hence all internal and
external hyperlinks (including most images), will open in a
new window, so that less experienced web surfers won't "get lost". The main page
always remains visible in the background.
The KGM web site is easily located: Although the
actual web site address is www.rckgm.org, the most common variants of the address, namely www.rckgm.com
and www.rckgm.net have also been registered,
and these are automatically hyper-linked to the correct address.
All images have "ALT" tags: This is a
elementary website design protocol which many webmasters overlook. OK, I realise you have
absolutely no idea what I'm talking about but, trust me, this is a good thing,
especially for visitors with impaired vision who use text-to-voice conversion
All pages have "Titles": No, I don't mean
"Dr.", "Sir" or "Grand Pubah". I mean web site stuff, OK ?
All pages are
painstakingly checked for spelling errors: The Webmaster
also knows the difference between "you're", "your",
"yaw" and "yore", unlike some people he knows.
Hyperlinks are checked weekly: There is nothing more
annoying to a regular web surfer than having a bunch of dead links !
Tasteful humour is essential: Although the work we
undertake to assist
our local and international communities is very serious, there is absolutely no reason why
our website (and our club !!),
cannot be enjoyable, while providing important information.
Information shall always
be accurate and up-to-date:
There is no point in maintaining a web site full of useless and/or outdated
information, now is there ? All necessary changes and updates are effected
within a maximum of 8 hours but usually within 2 hours of knowing about them.
In case you're interested, the Webmaster originally used "Notepad" to
write all the pages of this website in raw HTML when he was merely a Web Slave, but he now uses MS FrontPage
2000 to publish them instead of FTP.
(To go back to the KGM Main Page, just click
on the "X" on the
top right-hand corner of this screen !)