Mad Teddy's website: how this website works

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How this website works

Over the last several years I have visited hundreds of websites. Often, they are well laid out, with a good structure, making it a fairly straightforward process to find one's way around. Sometimes, however, they are like mazes: you can very quickly become sidetracked, or even totally lost.

Generally, I rely on Netscape's "Back" button to take me back to where I've just come from, rather than using links within a page itself. However, a browser's "memory" only extends back so far; thus keeping downward chains of links fairly short minimizes the chance of not being able to return to a page much further back.

Sometimes, with the best will in the world, things can go wrong. Occasionally the browser will crash; when you restart it, unless you've got an exceptionally good short-term memory (and who has?), your only hope of finding the page you really want involves trawling back through the browser's History page - a time-consuming and often frustrating experience, especially as the History itself keeps growing every time you revisit a link.

I decided some time ago that, if and when I ever built my own website, I would try to make it as easy to navigate as possible. Thus, it is essentially menu-driven. There is a home page, a preliminaries page, and then the main menu. Below that, there are other menus; and then within them - sometimes - sub-menus. Thus the visitor can keep downward chains reasonably short, and go up and down within the site easily - just like using a decent file-manager program. Old but effective technology.

You can rely on your "Back" button for most things. Sometimes, you will find links to other sites, or other pages within this site. By all means follow these links; as long as you don't go too far afield, the "Back" button will return you to any earlier page you want.

However, if things go wrong, and you can only get back to a page on this site other than the one you want, all is not lost. If you are within a page accessed from some menu page, you will find a link to that menu page near the bottom of the current page. (Scroll down and have a look - this page is like any other in that regard.)

Menus and major back-links (as just described) are easily visible. Just look for my characteristic "Mad Teddy" logo - two pulsating light bulbs, one on each side of the screen, each with an adorable teddy bear inside it. (These also feature at the top of my home page.)

Take note, however: sometimes, on a whim - and to keep you on your toes - you may find that I've put something different where you'd normally expect to see the "Mad Teddy" logo. Just thought I'd better warn you!

Finally, as a last resort, at the very bottom of each and every "menu" or "topic" page on this site (including this page), you will find a link to the home page - and also, a link to the preliminaries page. There's also a blue "HOME" link at the top left corner, just under the main heading. So, if the worst comes to the worst, you can always start again from the very beginning.

As far as I can see, that's the best I can do. The rest is up to you!

By the way - just while I think of it:

While developing this website, at some point I made up an icon along similar lines to my "Mad Teddy" logo (mentioned above). I found it helpful to have it on the desktop so that I could just double-click on it to bring up my home page. It looks like this:

If you'd like to use it for a similar purpose, right-click here to save a copy.


If this is your first visit to my site, and if you've somehow arrived here without first visiting my preliminaries page, please visit it before progressing any further. It contains important information about legal and safety issues. It won't take you long, and it will establish a good working relationship between us.

Better still - visit my home page first!

UPDATE, Thursday, 26th August 2010

This is probably long overdue, as this website has now been on the web for over four years, but better late than never.

When I launched the site on 5th July 2006, none of the pages at that time had their posting dates mentioned at the top (or anywhere else). With pages added thereafter, I've always made a point of placing a comment of the type "This page added on (such-and-such a date)" at the top.

I've decided not to bother going back through all the original pages and adding such headers to them. So you can reasonably assume that if a page doesn't have a date of publication mentioned, it's been there since mid-2006. (More than likely you've already figured this out, but I thought that it couldn't hurt to spell it out here and make it official.)

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