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From: William Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] FREEPAGES-HELP Digest, Vol 7, Issue 36
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:18:16 -0400
> I'm fairly new at web designing, but I've been around computers since the
days of paper tape and punched cards as their input and output. Even though
HTML and the web will evolve, and may have successors, the huge investment
in current content guarantees that as long as human technological
civilization endures, there will be migration paths.
So, it seems to me, your main concerns should be:
1} having a succession of "heirs" to preserve or continue your work; and
2) having a precautions that important things are not thrown out in the
physical or electronic trash when you die, or lost when a website dies,
such as Anglefire did.
Obviously there is no 100% guarantee that your successors will have
successors forever. But having a site that others find meaningful and
others are involved in helps.
For me, having work continue on my family tree is one of the most important
elements. GEDCOMS will be replaced by XML, which will be replaced by
something else, but there will be a conversion path available if anyone
cares enough to migrate it. For now, I upload copies of my full, unfiltered
GEDCOM on Google Docs and have several people authorized to access it when
I no longer can maintain it. Other "cloud" environments would serve.
In many decades of working (or at least dabbling) in almost every aspect of
information science, the toughest problems have almost always been the
humans, not the technological problems. The latter have solutions or "work
arounds". The former is permanent and based in human nature.
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> Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:53:42 +100
> From: Warwick Sherring <>
> Subject: [FreeHelp] Web page permanency
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> To make my research available to others and to ensure its availability
> after I am 'pushing up daisies', I have created two web pages using html
> and css and I have considered the use of java script at times.
> However, on reading a recent transcript of an address by an archivist, I
> was wondering about the safety of straying from straight html/css.
> The archivist mainly talked about the problems of retaining material
> recorded on outmoded systems ie tapes and CDs; however he did also raise
> the problem of web pages that make calls to now defunct off-site plug-ins.
> I wondered if the more experienced web designers could comment on this
> Warwick Sherring
> Lismore NSW
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