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In response to questions what do I use to maintain the pages (over 500) in Mythhome I will briefly describe the process of content selection and site maintenance.
Site maintenance is easier to describe than content selection, and allows me to give credit to two makers of software I find vital to the maintenance of the site on the internet.
To maintain the site I need to be able to do seven things with ease and speed:
1)Find all links within the site for all pages which are addressed but the name does not exist (case sensitive because UNIX is case sensitive and that is the operating language of the sympatico.ca server where the pages exist.
2)Find all ophan pages. Pages which exist but which no other page references.
3)Scan the web pages so the HTML syntax is not only correct for reading by the browser but the order of opening and closing HTML boundary markers is sensible, close to the text which they are formatting, and are easy to look at within the HTML editor so that when changes are made it is easy to determine where the change needs to be made as well as what the change needs to be.
For these three functions there is an awesome tool called Arachnophilia. It is free. It is powerful. It is how I manage so many pages to keep them consistent and easy to maintain.
4) Search and replace through multiple page, replacing one or many lines. Arachnophilia does that, and it works well for replacing one line with another version, but for shear speed, and accurate multiple line replacement I use another free tool called Search and Replace 98. I removed some old meta tags and replaced them with special marks. Then replaced the special tags with a collection of meta tags I want in each page. Each search and replacement for over 600 pages took less than one minute with Search and Replace 98.
5) Find broken links to pages at other locations. I use a spider to do that, again free.
6) Find links whose contents have change (I am not using the information yet, but soon will). The URL minders I list on the Search Engine pages are free and very adept at the work they do.
7) And of course I need to upload and download pages in bulk. Another free software tool for that.
In spite of all that I changed this page for these lines with Microsoft NotePad. Because it is easy to use for straight typing, and I created many of the original pages with it learning the HTML syntax because I had to type with it. Also I am using it now because very few tags (or different tags) are needed to successfully create these lines. So a simple word processor is fine for my some of my needs, and I use it then.
The original plan about seven years ago was to provide a site (then non existant on the internet) which described different mythologies all over the world, mainly mythologies older than a couple of thousand years BCE. As the internet required more technical expertise to get on to and to transfer information than it does now, and the cost was higher per minute than it is now, it was thought the site was just an advertisement. The only practical means of distributing the research information we had was to publish it, which itself is costly. There were attempts in the first couple of years to raise money through the site for publishing, and further research but that was unsuccessful. As my time was consumed by family interests, graphic design and production of computer tools for assisting the teaching of basic literacy there was no little time for much time on the internet, or much need beyond email. After one major update in late 1996 and early 1997, the site was basically left alone until summer of 1999.
At the beginning of 1999 it was decided to revisit the structure of the site including what content and their interrelations made sense to us the remaining builders and researchers.
The one question that kept coming up in the beginning of this year was why have the site at all, and why have
mythology specifically. Finally it was realized that the threads that bring together most of modern day 'news' and cultured entertainment is myths about how things started, continue and end. The speculations that all the mythologies have always addressed, our modern ones still do, and it is expected all the mythologies in the future will also address. That is when we realized a why does mythology exist was vital to understand why the pages exist at all. Also related were the questions how does myths evolve, and how have they evolved? A dictionary of terms
and geographical places and names of people is also needed, and is in the works.
Robert, January 2001