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This page reports on the evolution of this Website as it occurs, both for the sake of those who like to follow such things and to help the Webmaster remember what was done and when.  The changes are reported in reverse order, with the latest at the top.  Dates show when groups of pages were installed on the Web server, which is not always the same as the internal dates of revision of individual pages.

This report covers not only the root directory but all subdirectories.

NOTE:  If you have a tool or method for monitoring changed Webpages, this is the only page that you need to monitor on this Website, because it will always point to all other recently changed pages where the cause of the change was something other than a typographic error.


2020/05/28 - Updated all summaries that are common to regions of the world and added new world summaries for traditional and non-traditional carillons.  Updated the North American summary of bellfounders' work in non-traditional carillons, and added a similar summary for each of the other regions of the world, including for the first time Italy.  Updated the North American summary of pitch vs. number in non-traditional carillons, and added a similar summary for each of the other regions of the world, including for the first time Italy.  Restyled the remaining summaries that are unique to the regions of the Americas, as well as 54 index lists and 14 miscellaneous pages.

Improved the wording of several paragraphs in the Data Top pages

Revised the "Direction" note block which follows (and floats in this page):

"To travel far, you must choose a direction"
William F. Woo, "Letters from the Editor" (chapter title)

The direction in which the TowerBells Website is traveling can be seen in the worklist which is set out below.  In roughly prioritized order, this shows the major tasks which the author has set himself, and which are intended to result in future news items on this page.

  • Post to the site data pages all additions and changes reported by correspondents, found in publications, or discovered from Google Alert messages; revise locator map links as needed.
  • Finish adding site data pages for non-traditional carillons and chimes in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, British Isles and the Netherlands.  (Traditional carillons are complete.)
  • Finish mapping independent great bells already listed in Europe, Russia and Asia-Pacific (Oriental profile).
  • Enhance page-generator code to display full technical information for prior phases of an instrument.
  • Enhance the statistics display for regional maps.
  • Investigate anomalies in various summaries, as well as discrepancies between instrument counts in summaries and the corresponding indexes.
  • Extend the Google site locator map functions to show nearby sites upon request.
  • Expand the Google regional locator map system to add filter capability (by size, type, type of institution, denomination).
  • Move existing photos in site data pages from Links block to Photos block.
  • Search my photo archives for relevant material which can be posted to site data pages.
  • Regenerate all site data pages older than July 2012 for which information exists about auxiliary mechanisms and/or tower details.
  • Add numerous entries to the lists of great bells for continental European countries.
  • Write an essay on HTML maintainability, for the guidance of those who don't appreciate the necessity of it and the subtleties involved.
  • Find and fix obsolete links to the Global Gazetteer.
  • Supply all of the "planned" items listed on the Data_Top page.
  • Review the index to the work of miscellaneous bellfoundries to determine whether additional separate indexes should be constructed.
  • Update all Summaries that are more than a year old.
  • Actively hunt for information to resolve various "unknown" details (foundry, year, weight, number, keyboard ranges, etc.), including location and status of Deagan tower chimes that are not yet mapped.
The words "roughly prioritized" indicate that work on many of these tasks may be going on simultaneously, so that particular sub-tasks may be completed in a different sequence.  There will also be changes from time to time that have no apparent connection to any of these major tasks.  Furthermore, there will be no explicit description of revisions to this task list, nor any record of prior revisions to it, though it will usually move up on this page whenever such a revision occurs.

/signed/   Carl Scott Zimmerman, database owner

2020/05/25 - Responded to a privacy request by revising one site data page, replacing the PDF of Western Hemisphere traditional carillons and updating the Hardcopy page.

2020/05/20 - Installed new versions of the site locator map routines so that accented characters in place names can be displayed properly.  The prior versions of those routines remain in place for use by those sita data pages that have not been revised to use the new version.  Visitors to this Website should see no changes in maps, though some HTML filenames will be different in the location fields of Web browsers.

Revised 97 site data pages and added 67 (see list or map, which include only those revisions that were substantive); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  All database entries for France now have pages on this Website; all such pages were revised to omit department numbers from Location sections, since they are already included in the Country field.
Added a foundry index for Cornille-Havard of France, moving existing entries for that foundry out of the Miscellaneous foundries index and the corresponding sections of regional foundry indexes.
Updated map links for 6 additional sites in Paris, France (not itemized).  All site data pages for France now use the new versions of the site locator map routines.

Added several great bells in France.

Revised the Bellfoundries index advice page to clarify what is not included in such indexes.

Replaced the Introduction PDF in the Hardcopy section, so that the code for Cornille-Havard is explained; also replaced the France PDF.  An enhancement to the report-generator program that produces the basis for such PDFs adds a line of statistics about the data from which plots of bourdon code or treble code versus number of bells are produced.

Revised the main page about unrelated essays, and added another essay.

2020/05/04 - Replaced authorization token for Apple Maps with a current version.

Added an explanation of longitude sign conventions to the hardcopy page, and made small revisions at various places in its text.

Corrected errors in the sort order in the index of German traditional carillons by weight (pitch).

2020/04/26 - Added a new essay.

2020/04/21 - Replaced the site data page for St.James Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a paragraph in the Relocated Chimes section of the page about North American sites that are no more; revised 43 site data pages and added 6 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  This included updating the two graphs in the historical index for North American traditional carillons, which are now on track to reach 189 in number.  Were it not for the instruments that have been degraded, this region would now have 198 such instruments.

Revised the notes regarding incompleteness in 8 assorted foundry indexes.

Added Weblinks to a variety of site data pages (not itemized here).

2020/04/16 - Added a new entry for Belknap to the research notes for Goeppinger's book, with a corresponding addition to Appendix 1.

Added a foundry locator map to the index pages for the EijsboutsGrassmayrMeeks & WatsonOlsenPaccardRinckerRüetschi and Taylor bellfoundries.

Added to the Glossary the terms "belfry" (subordinate to "campanile") and "stationary peal" (subordinate to "peal").

Added a pair of video links to the Meneely/Troy index page (following the History section).

Improved some of the text of the page about keyboard ranges.

Restyled 44 index pages, as well as 15 assorted text pages.

2020/04/12 - Revised 14 site data pages and added 2 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Corrected the weight and origin of the great bass bell of the Middelburg NL carillon, and adjusted the numbering of European great bells acordingly.

Added Weblinks to, or removed them from, a variety of site data pages (not enumerated here).

2020/04/10 - Revised 15 site data pages (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

2020/04/09 - Added an entry for West Auckland NZ to the page of Asia-Pacific sites that are no more.

Added several independent great bells around the world, and mapped some others already listed.

Fixed a grammatical error in Notation for chimes and rings.

2020/04/03 - Re-styled 118 indexes and miscellaneous pages.

Split 2019 news into the separate history file referenced below, to save space here.

2020/03/31 - Revised 50 site data pages, added 10 and relocated 1 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Revised the regional map system to handle instruments with another level of complexity.

Added one great bell in Germany, and mapped many of those already listed.

Added Ciudad Real, Madrid, Wuppertal and Zurich to the index of glockenspiels.

2020/03/24 - Revised the Privacy Policy page to clarify the wording of both the privacy policy itself and the policy regarding use of cookies.  There has been no change in the practical substance of either policy.

Added 3 great bells of the Netherlands (#75, #93, #94) and 2 independent great bells of North America (Deerfield IL, Washington DC); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

2020/03/18 - Revised 31 site data pages and added 1 (see list or map), most of which are also included in a new index of war memorials, peace carillons, etc. and a corresponding world map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

2020/03/16 - Added a new page about Characters to explain the complexities of correctly displaying characters from various languages on this Website.

2020/03/09 - Provided updated (and now complete) versions of the downloadable PDFs for Eastern and Western hemisphere traditional carillons; see the Hardcopy page, which was also updated in other respects.

2020/03/02 - Revised 10 site data pages and added 1 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Added links to the internal cross-references in the list of great bells in Great Britain.

Reorganized and expanded the Table of Contents in the Data Top page.

Added commentary to the entry for Veazey & White on the final page about Goeppinger's book.

Added a description of Maltese stationary peals to the corresponding section about Maltese great bells.

Provided a name for the great bell of Cuzco, Peru.

Demoted the great bell of Kyongju, South Korea, from 5th place to 19th place among great bells of Oriental profile based on report of actual weighing rather than on estimates derived from measurements.

Completed restyling of foundry index pages.

2020/02/27 - Removed the site data page for the defunct Taylor chime of Brockville, Ontario, replacing it with a paragraph in the list of sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Added to the Asia-Pacific region another great bell of Oriental profile.

Revised links to other Websites in 21 site data pages (not itemized); also updated locator map links as needed.

2020/02/18 - Added a quick links table to the Great Bells main page.
Added four great bells in Malta; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
Moved great bells of Russia out of the regional locator map for Europe into a new regional locator map for Russia.

Added further details about the National Bell Foundry to the research notes for Goeppinger's book.

Revised links to other Websites in 15 site data pages (not itemized); also updated locator map links for 10 of them.

2020/02/13 - Re-mapped all great bells in the British Isles, adding a regional locator map for them and integrating them into the corresponding general regional locator map.
Integrated independent great bells in North America into the corresponding general regional locator map subsystem.
Revised the main page about great bells to provide links to all appropriate sections of the great bells regional locator map system.
Revised a statement in the left side of the quick reference block of the data top page to indicate that independent great bells are now included in the overall regional locator map system.

2020/02/11 - Integrated Western profile great bells in the Asia/Pacific region into the corresponding general regional map.  This integration process remains incomplete for some continental regions.

Improved the statistics display popup for regional maps.

2020/02/10 - Completed mapping of all Western profile great bells in the Asia/Pacific region, in both the list and the regional map for such bells.  (Oriental profile great bells in the same region remain incomplete.)

2020/02/05 - Removed index maps from 2016 news page.

2020/02/03 - Repaired missing and erroneous map links in the list of Other Great Bells in North America, and provided it with a link to the corresponding regional map.

Revised all area lists of indexes for consistency of presentation.

2020/01/31 - Revised 8 site data pages and added 1 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Reorganized the Netherlands Antilles in the Index by country to Central and South America; changed Filipsburg to Philipsburg to adapt to modern usage; renamed file ANORANJE.HTM to ANORNJHM.HTM

Made the regional locator map set for great bells accessible from the Great Bells main page.
Completed mapping of independent great bells for North and South America (with some approximations), adding what will become the largest bell in the Americas.
Replaced obsolete MultiMap links (and others) in Great Bells of the British Isles with map service selector links.
Revised headings of regional locator maps to report how many great bells are contained in the region.

Revised various area lists of indexes for improved consistency of style and improved access to the appropriate parts of regional locator map sets.

2020/01/27 - Revised 43 site data pages and added 1 (see list or map); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Modified the Search page to focus automatically on the form field.

Added a Netherlands Antilles site to the index of glockenspiels

Added details about the great bell of Valleyfield, Quebec.

2020/01/17 - Revised the Goeppinger book commentary with respect to the Blakes (pp.66-67).

Corrected the identification of the Salisbury MD carillon in various indexes.

2020/01/11 - Revised the site locator map system to allow the visitor to choose any of six worldwide mapping services, with options for two regional mapping services where appropriate, all via a new Mapping Service Selection page.  Revised the Map Systems FAQ page accordingly.
Added a new Map Services Features page, thereby obsoleting the existing Maps Comparison page, which is retained for historical purposes.
Revised the user guide that is built into Google site locator maps to fit Google's changes in the human interface.

Revised the Privacy Policy page to add a section on our use of cookies, which are required to remember the newly-offered mapping service choices.



Prior years' news has been moved into the following separate files to save space here:

2019 - See What was new in these pages during 2019?
2018 - See What was new in these pages during 2018?
2017 - See What was new in these pages during 2017?
2016 - See What was new in these pages during 2016?
2015 - See What was new in these pages during 2015?
2014 - See What was new in these pages during 2014?
2013 - See What was new in these pages during 2013?
2012 - See What was new in these pages during 2012 - the year of the merger?
A Website history explains the merger.
2000-2011 - See What was new in the TowerBells pages before the merger?.
1996-2012 - See What was new in the GCNA data pages before the merger?


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