July 17, 2001
For those brave few who have found us, I told you
this would be a sporadic column.
Now that the site is 2 ½ months old, it is a little easier to
accept some of the practices on the web. Updating sites is
hard, and for those who aren't trying to do it full time, it can
That's why it is important to get it right the first
I just looked at a site that has both a QuickTime and a Flash
intro. It took forever to get the several pages down in the
navigation scheme to where the useful information on hours, prices,
etc., was located.
And the number of sites that don't bother to tell you dates, hours,
and prices continues to astonish me. It also makes me more
confident than ever that Step Into History has a valid purpose to
Another thing that continues to amaze me is the incredibly detailed
driving instructions provided at so many web sites, including many
of those that don't provide the basics mentioned above. Anyone
with web access and a correct street address can get driving
directions for almost anywhere. One thing we've tried to
provide on this site is street addresses, instead of mailing
addresses to PO boxes.
One last comment for this month, a kudo and a tip: Since
last fall, the National Park Service has added a little button on
the home pages for each of their properties for a Printable Travel
Guide. This collects pretty much all the information scattered
throughout the facilities, fees, and travel pages into one
standardized format that usually prints out in 2 to 3 pages.
Use it. They've got an incredibly complicated task in managing
a huge variety of properties and activities, and they are really
trying to get it right. This is definitely right.
Let me know
what you think of our site..
See the first rant May 2001
for background on how this site came to be and who we are.