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This page reports on the evolution of this Website during the year 2012.  This helps to keep the "What's New" page to a manageable size.  The changes are reported in reverse order, with the latest at the top.  Dates of entries show when pages were installed on the Web server, which is not always the same as their internal dates of revision. 
2012/12/31 - Corrected some indexes for chime-sized instruments in Switzerland.

2012/12/29 - Revised 23 site data pages and added 15 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Added one entry to the index of North American mini-carillons.

Added entries for all mostly-diatonic baton-keyboard chimes in North America to the worldwide index of such instruments.

2012/12/17 - Added a new worldwide index of chimes with baton keyboard.

Regenerated from the database many site data pages for which the arrangement of tones and semitones is presently unknown, so that the statement of that fact becomes explicit rather than remaining implicit: 17 in Africa & the Mideast, 52 in Asia and the Pacifc Rim, 19 in the British Isles, 34 in Central & South America, 48 in Denmark and its dependencies, 108 in various other countries of Europe.

Added MapQuest locator maps to 28 pages in Europe; updated/standardized the link structure for such maps for many site data pages throughout the world.

2012/12/03 - Revised 17 site data pages and added 28 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly, adding a new index for the work of Dutch bellfounder Melchior de Haze.
This completes the index of Michiels work as far as is known.

Revised the Data Top page - both menus and Introduction - in both the regular and framed versions.

2012/10/31 - Revised 118 site data pages and added 29 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  This update includes the systematic change of all occurrences of the sub-heading "*Past carillonneur(s)" to "*Past carillonist(s)".  It also incorporates into the Van den Gheyn foundry index all database entries for work from that foundry.

Revised the page which describes the standard format for site data pages.

Revised the Bellfoundries page, primarily to add a link to a new online database (hosted elsewhere).

2012/10/20 - Revised 18 site data pages and added 9 (see list; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Added new index for instruments made of steel bells from Bochumer Verein, Bochum, Germany; revised affected indexes and index lists accordinglyl this index is complete with respect to the supporting database.

Added two entries to the list of great bells in Germany and the related table for mainland Europe.

Reworded some parts of the home page.

2012/10/10 - Revised 27 site data pages and added 8 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  Note that Mespelare BE was reclassifed from a traditional carillon to a chime.
This completes the index of Van Aerschodt work as far as is known.

Revised the page about tubular bell patents to fix the patent-search URL (changed by the U.S.Patent Office) and to connect one of R.H.Mayland's patents with his one surviving tower chime.

2012/09/07 - Revised 3 site data pages and added 20 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.
This completes the index of Hemony work as far as is known.

Added one entry to the list of great bells in Germany and the related table for Europe.

2012/08/31 - Added biography and business history of tubular tower chime manufacturer Rowland Hill Mayland, and significantly revised the page about Tubular Bells.

Revised 3 site data pages and added 3 (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

2012/08/23 - Replaced the site data page for Atwater OH with a paragraph in tubular sites that are no more; revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Revised 78 site data pages and added one (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.

Revised regional map for tubular tower chimes to include state/country in dropdown list.

2012/08/11 - Expanded the site data page format to present previously unpublished information from the database about towers and auxiliary mechanisms; these items will now appear in the Technical data section.  Also expanded that format to provide a standard way of making photographs easily accessible.  Also revised that format to use "Carillonist" instead of "Player" as a section heading for carillons.  Revised the Standard Format page accordingly.

Revised 111 site data pages (see list); revised affected indexes and regional maps accordingly.  One of the revised tubular chimes was relocated from Scranton PA to Lake Ariel PA, without change of filename.
NOTE: Most of the revised tubular chime pages now have site locator map links, but these are based on recovered lat/lon data which predate Google Maps and have not yet been reviewed for accuracy.  These locations will be improved in the next batch of revisions.

Added new page listing all tubular tower chime indexes, linked from the Data Top page, replicating those formerly listed in the Tubular Bells page, so that site data pages of all kinds can now be found from one place.  Revised the Tubular Bells page to use the new page instead of listing individual indexes.  This is a major step in the integration of the previous version of this Website with the data migrated from the GCNA Website.

Revised several regional locator map headings to reflect improvements since they were initially posted.

Added a short paragraph about great bells to the Tower Bells introduction, with link to the corresponding part of the Data section of this Website.

Added the Olympic Bell of London (a new record holder) to the GB pages of great bells.

Changed references to MapUseT to MapUse, thus abandoning the now obsolete set of hints which were for the original TowerBells.org Website.

Revised the Methuen entry in the list of tubular sites that are no more.

Moved pre-merger part of this page into a new page about What was new in these pages before the merger?, covering the years 2000-2012; now reachable from the bottom of this page.  Revised ex-GCNA news similarly.

Relocated PDFs for tubular chimes together with those for conventional instruments, revising links accordingly.

Removed BabelFish translation tool from home page after discovering that it is no longer available.  (Apparently Microsoft bought AltaVista and shut down this utility in favor of their own translation utility, but failed to provide an adequate link to it for users of AltaVista.) 

Total count of pages uploaded today: approximately 530

2012/07/04 - Revised the Rincker foundry index to reflect the current state of the foundry Website.

Revised the Hanks/Meneely genealogy to refine additional details discovered in recent research.

Created a new ultra-combined North American geographical index which includes both conventional and tubular instruments.  (For the moment, there is no corresponding map, and this index can be reached only from the home page.)

Fixed a mapping problem by changing the "allowed referers" list for the Google Maps API key.  Maps had been working for visitors who accessed this Website as "www.towerbells.org" but not for those who accessed it as "towerbells.org". 

2012/05/21 - Revised the Vanbergen foundry index to correct the origins of two instruments located in the USA.

Revised the Hanks/Meneely genealogy to refine additional details discovered in recent research.

2012/05/17 - Revised the Hanks/Meneely genealogy to refine numerous details discovered in recent research.

2012/05/01 - Revised the history of the Stuckstede bellfoundries.

Fixed 36 broken internal and external links.

2012/04/25 - Revised navigation links in all top-level pages, at page top and page bottom.

Moved News and Translation panel from TowerBells page (former home page) to current home page; reworded some parts of the home page, and moved part to a new page on Website history.

2012/04/24 - Reloaded BellFoundries page, which inexplicably lost a character in the previous upload.

Revised 103 site data pages which had obsolete (but still functional) MapQuest locator map links.  The principal effect is to restore place names to the generated map pages.

2012/04/18 - Status change: As of today, the cleanup of broken internal links and other infelicities which resulted from the Website merger (see 2012/04/02 below) is complete, and a new maintenance baseline for TowerBells.org has been established.  Henceforth, no distinction will be made between updates to the ex-GCNA pages of this Website and those to the pre-merger TowerBells pages, and so the data-level What's New page will no longer report changes to the ex-GCNA pages. 

The "Direction" note block which used to float in that news page has been moved here.

2012/04/17 - Fixed a few longstanding broken links, hitherto undetected.

2012/04/16 - Added robots.txt file to restrict access by Web crawlers slightly.

2012/04/15 - Renamed tubular chime update lists for 2010 to avoid confusion with similar lists for instruments made of conventional bells (formerly on the GCNA Website but now here).

2012/04/14 - Revised more pages which had been imperfectly mirrored.
Removed update lists and map links prior to 2010 from this page.

2012/04/12 - Repaired several broken internal links.

2012/04/08 - Removed Search link from home page because Google seems not to like the code which it had supplied long ago.

2012/04/06 - Added Search link to home page.

2012/04/04 - Fixed several links which had been incorrectly modified for the merger.

2012/04/03 - Fixed the Google Maps API keys for both site and regional locator maps in both the tubular tower chimes and ex-GCNA sections.

2012/04/02 - Commented out links for MapsOnUs site locator maps, which are no longer available.
Repaired several broken internal links.
Revised references and links to the GCNA Website to reflect the move of the Data section from that Website to here.  Pages affected by this change have not had their internal dates of revision changed unless there was unrelated substantive change.
Renamed MapUse.html to MapUseT.html as an interim measure to avoid conflict with the similarly-named file being merged into this Website.
Renamed ZAPRTRCH.HTM to ZAPRTRC1.HTM

Supplied a new home page to connect the "old" TowerBells section with the ex-GCNA section.

Activated the re-hosted Website at its new location (Web hosting company GoDaddy.com).
Henceforth this page will report all changes to the Website except those few which apply only to the ex-GCNA section in the course of integrating the two sections.  Those will be reported on the migrated What's New page in that section.  (NOTE:  This dual reporting ceased as of 2012/04/18 - see above.)

2012/04/01 - Status change: News items of earlier date (see below) apply only to the original version of the TowerBells Website, i.e., during the period when it was maintained separately from what was until today the data segment of the GCNA Website (www.gcna.org/data, which no longer exists).


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