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What's new in these pages?

This page reports on the evolution of this Website as it occurs, both for the sake of those who like to follow such things and to help the Webmaster remember what was done and when.  The changes are reported in reverse order, with the latest at the top.  Dates show when groups of pages were installed on the Web server, which is not always the same as the internal dates of revision of individual pages.

This report covers not only the root directory but all subdirectories.

NOTE:  If you have a tool or method for monitoring changed Webpages, this is the only page that you need to monitor on this Website, because it will always point to all other recently changed pages where the cause of the change was something other than a typographic error.


2018/02/18 - Corrected two entries in the index to North American carillons by keyboard range, and made minor changes to the associated text.

Split 2016 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.

2018/01/31 - Renamed the Website map page.

Corrected the description of the travels of the Ward-Belmont bells through Sellersville, PA and their downgrading to the Virginia Arts Festival, as well as how that affected the history of North American traditional carillons.

Fixed broken links in this page and elsewhere.

2018/01/08 - Revised the Goeppinger book announcement to reflect a second printing in which many of the typographic errors of the first printing have been corrected; the corrected typos are now listed on a separate page, as are remaining typos, commentary and research notes.

Removed Bing Maps locator map links from 852 site data pages after discovering that Bing no longer recognizes links in the format used.  Revised the map service history page and the main map use hints page to reflect the situation.

2017/12/31 - Revised the Whitechapel foundry index to reflect its closure earlier this year; revised lists of foundries accordingly.

Corrected and expanded the story of Rincker in America.

Rewrote the help for MapQuest maps.

Revised the glossary link in the introductory paragraph of all indexes by year of completion.

My apologies to those who have contributed information this year and were promised that it would appear "in the next update."  Life happens, but a data update did not.  Please be assured that your contribution has not been lost, but is part of a huge accumulation that is waiting to be integrated into the database.     /s/ CSZ

Revised the "Direction" note block which follows (and floats in this page):

"To travel far, you must choose a direction"
William F. Woo, "Letters from the Editor" (chapter title)

The direction in which the TowerBells Website is traveling can be seen in the worklist which is set out below.  In roughly prioritized order, this shows the major tasks which the author has set himself, and which are intended to result in future news items on this page.

  • Post to the site data pages all additions and changes reported by correspondents, found in publications, or discovered from Google Alert messages.
  • Finish adding site data pages for (traditional) carillons in France and the Netherlands.
  • Finish adding site data pages for other instruments in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, British Isles and the Netherlands.
  • Map independent great bells:
    1. Determine lat/lon for all great bells not part of carillons, chimes, etc., and add that information to all detailed lists of such bells.
    2. Extend the Google site locator map functions to handle great bells (requires specifying a substitute for page name to use in "Fix it" requests), and add map links to all detailed lists of such bells.
    3. Expand the Google regional locator map system to handle great bells, and encode them all.
  • Extend the Google site locator map functions to show nearby sites upon request.
  • Expand the Google regional locator map system to add filter capability (by size, type, type of institution, denomination).
  • Move existing photos in site data pages from Links block to Photos block.
  • Search my photo archives for relevant material which can be posted to site data pages.
  • Regenerate all site data pages older than July 2012 for which information exists about auxiliary mechanisms and/or tower details.
  • Write an essay on HTML maintainability, for the guidance of those who don't appreciate the necessity of it and the subtleties involved.
  • Add numerous entries to the lists of great bells for Germany and other continental European countries.
  • Find and fix obsolete links to the Global Gazetteer.
  • Supply all of the "planned" items listed on the Data_Top page.
  • Update all Summaries that are more than a year old.
  • Review the index to the work of miscellaneous bellfoundries to determine whether additional separate indexes should be constructed.
  • Actively hunt for information to resolve various "unknown" details (foundry, year, weight, number, keyboard ranges, etc.), including location and status of Deagan tower chimes that are not yet mapped.
The words "roughly prioritized" indicate that work on many of these tasks may be going on simultaneously, so that particular sub-tasks may be completed in a different sequence.  There will also be changes from time to time that have no apparent connection to any of these major tasks.  Furthermore, there will be no explicit description of revisions to this task list, nor any record of prior revisions to it, though it will move up on this page whenever such a revision occurs.

/signed/   Carl Scott Zimmerman, database owner



Prior years' news has been moved into the following separate files to save space here:

2016 - See What was new in these pages during 2016?
2015 - See What was new in these pages during 2015?
2014 - See What was new in these pages during 2014?
2013 - See What was new in these pages during 2013?
2012 - See What was new in these pages during 2012 - the year of the merger?
A Website history.explains the merger.
2000-2011 - See What was new in the TowerBells pages before the merger?.
1996-2012 - See What was new in the GCNA data pages before the merger?


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