Over the next few months I shall be using this section of the site to give updates on progress in the final restoration of the site. But first I must thank Martin Roberts of Carrdale.com whose patient work and even greater patience with my limitations in the field of IT have brought the site back to life. His persistence when we seemed to have reached a dead end in retrieving material from the wreck of the former site was remarkable. The final outcome has been the total loss of the texts of just two churches (which I have been able largely to make good as I had stored the original texts offline)
I feel that the site is now usable again which I hope will be good news to users, whether regular or occasional. That does not mean that all imperfections and omissions have yet been put right but I don’t think that there is anything the meaning of which is not obvious, particularly if you read in more detail below about the main problems I have spotted. Those familiar with the site before will see some changes, but if I can cope with them, I doubt whether anyone else will have difficulties. One tip is that you may need to rely more than before on the search facility at the top. I understand that different users will be seeking different things when consulting the site and inevitably it may take longer to restore some features fully than others, but please bear with me if it takes a while for your particular interests to be fully covered again.
The main problems you will soon notice are as follows:
The text is pretty comprehensible providing you allow for a few peculiarities. In a few places the font size changes randomly for a line or two which is visually tiresome but has no effect on the meaning. Slightly more baffling to start with is the equally random replacement of some punctuation marks, particularly apostrophes and quote marks, by capital letters with an accent above them e g umlauts, acute accents and tildas – at least the glitches are polyglot! I have also noted a very few points where there have been other corruptions. If any do exceed the powers of intelligent guesswork let me know (the contact us button should be fully operational again);
- Images Problems have been rather greater with the images. In some cases they have disappeared, in whole or in part and in others they have become attached to another church without necessarily the images for that church doing a straight swap. The good news is that I have all the images I used before and many others safely stored off-line, both my own and those kindly provided by others which made such a difference to the look of the site. It will be slow work reinstating these as I shall be rectifying other things at the same time but please be patient as at present I am limited in the amount of time I can spend on the website.
- Links Although this site is devoted to Sussex churches, one of the sections most consulted has been Architects and Artists which has a much wider appeal since in many cases those with no particular interest in the county will want to find out about a particular name and at present this is the only reference on the net. In order to achieve easier navigation of the site I have relied heavily on links between the various sections but as happened when there was a software upgrade a few years ago, all the links have gone and this too will take a while to put right. Meanwhile, if you’re actually on the site you will have to find your way ‘manually’ to whichever section you want.
The very latest position (as of 11 September 2017) is that I have finished work on the Architects and Artists section and also on all the shorter supporting sections (Abbreviations, Bibliography, Glossary and Sources). These should now be as they were before, the only proviso being that reinstating links and odd glitches of spelling and punctuation is not very stimulating and I may have missed the odd one. If you spot any please let me know. I am now embarking on the restoration of the individual church entries for East and West Sussex. This may take rather longer because of the problems with images and because there are an awful lot of churches – over 500 if demolished and closed ones are included. Meanwhile you can access each entry and judging by the spot-checks I have done, the text is generally usable, though the images may have to be approached with caution and the links will not work. I will continue these regular updates though not necessarily every week if there is no major development to report.