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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.
I'm the webmaster for the UU Fellowships in Modesto, Merced and Mendocino. The lay leader for the UUF of the Mendocino Coast writes an essay on spirituality every month. In May 2011 he wrote Things You'll Never See. Here's the teaser:
When I was building my house, my builder told me something that's stayed with me for 22 years now: "There are things that you'll never see that are in your house."
His essay struck a chord with me. There are things you'll never see, or may not have noticed, inside this web site. They make it better, even though it took me a little more time to do them. Here is a list, in no particular order:
Colors: The text, background and heading are the same color on every page. All of the text links are blue and underlined. With very rare exception (The examples in "Warnings", below) no other text is blue or underlined. You can tell what is a link at a glance.
Warnings: I give a friendly warning if a link goes to a page
bigger than 100 KB or to a PDF file:
Breadcrumbs: For instance, at the top of this page:
Navigation bar: On every page it makes sense to have it. The home page and some others (the field trip permission form) don't have it. Breadcrumbs and a navigation bar may sound like a belt and suspenders, but some people like one, some the other, and they are slightly different.
Accents: There is some magic you can do that puts the accent on words like café and Francis Dávid. I use it. If you've ever seen a web page or an e-mail message with odd symbols - the Euro currency sign, for instance - where an accented letter, apostrophe or semi-colon should be, you've seen an example of the problems computers sometimes have with special characters.
Name, Address and telephone at the bottom of every page. Visitors don't have to go to the home page to find out where we are, nor do they have to go to "Contacts" if they want to send an e-mail.
Dates: All of them have the year as well as the month and day. The year assures visitors the site is current. Most have the day of the week, too. (Sermon blurbs on "Sunday Services" don't. Why be redundant?)
Text Size: gets larger when you click on
Page Titles: Plain as a mud fence, but clear. A UU site in San Diego used to have a page titled "Links". It didn't have links on it; it described a social networking program they had called "Links".
Title Tags: At the very top of the page, above even "File Edit View ..." and the URL, is the page title. It shows up when you minimize the page and hover over the icon on your task bar. Our pages all have a meaningful title. They also have "UUFSC (Modesto, CA)" because Google uses the title tag for its links, and it helps people know where we are.
Line breaks: If you click on "View > Source" you can read the HTML behind the page easily. With very rare exception, none of the lines are more than 72 characters long. This is partly for my own ease, when I edit, and partly a habit left over from punching 80-character IBM cards in my youth.
Description meta-tags: This is more of a magic paragraph than a magic word.
Google likes them to be 120 - 150 characters. It (and other search engines) use the
page descriptions to make up the default "Google blurb" for a page. If you use
the word "site" and a colon in Google, you can see ours. Try it:
2172 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto, California See a map
We have no mail service on Kiernan;
PO Box 1000
Salida, CA 95368
We are a liberal church and the only UU congregation in Stanislaus county. We serve Ceres, Denair, Escalon, Hickman, Hughson, Keyes, Manteca, Modesto, Oakdale, Patterson, Ripon, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock and Waterford. We welcome Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Deists, Free-thinkers, Humanists, Jews, Pagans, Theists, Wiccans, and those who seek their own spiritual path. We welcome people without regard to race, physical ability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.