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Elsewhere on the World Wide Web (colloquially called the Web),
a page like this would be called a "site map."
Here it's called a "Website map" because we use the word "site" to mean
the location of a tower bell instrument of some kind.
That is most commonly seen in the term "site data page",
which is a page (on this Website) that gives a more or less extensive description
of one particular tower bell instrument and identifies the place where it is located.
Website Map for TowerBells.org
This map covers only the topmost part of this Website,
which is only a small portion of the total.
For the contents of the rest, see the Data Top page referenced in this map.
See also the Navigation Tips below.
- TowerBells Introduction
(was the home page of this Website before April 2012)
= a general overview of the subject, plus some specific pages:
- Data Top page (original main page
for data section of www.GCNA.org from 1997 to 2012)
= Introduction to, and Contents of, site data pages about carillons, chimes,
rings, etc., together with index pages and regional locator maps to find them.
All known instruments or collections of 8 or more tower bells (whether conventional,
hemispherical, tubular or porcelain) are included, except as otherwise noted.
Over 3000 pages are directly or indirectly dependent from this one,
with dozens remaining to be added for three European countries.
These are hierarchically arranged as follows:
Great bells that are not part of listed tower bell instruments (i.e., that are
"independent") do not have site data pages;
instead, each one has a numbered section in a page for its geographic region.
- Index lists, linked from the Data Top page:
+ Five area index lists each present a group of area/type index lists
for one particular continental region
plus a group of area indexes, maps and lists for that region;
+ four type index lists each present all of the area/type index lists
for one particular type of instrument (such as traditional carillons);
each area may cover a single country or an entire continental region.
+ Each area/type index list presents a group of index pages
for a specific geographic area of the world (a continent or a country)
and/or for a specific type of instrument (such as traditional carillons).
- Each index page under any index list points into a set of
site data pages, each describing one of the tower bell
instruments which are known or presumed to be extant
within the scope of that index.
Under any particular index list, each of the index pages lists
that set of site data pages in a different sequence,
depending on the nature of the index.
- From each such site data page the following can be reached:
- Foundry index pages not only point to site data pages
but also point into regional lists of great bells as well as
into regional pages about sites that are no more.
- Site data pages also have reverse links to the places within index
pages from which they are forward-linked.
Supporting pages on various topics are listed in the
Contents section of the Data Top page.
- Books about bells
A selective bibliography, with brief descriptions or full reviews
- Announcement of Neil Goeppinger's 2016 book,
"Large Bells in America;" includes publicity material, reviews, errata,
commentary from the Webmaster and additions based on subsequent research.
- What's new in these pages?
- Subscribing to update notices
- Website History
- Search the Website
for any word, phrase or name
on subjects unrelated to the rest of this Website
- Website Map: the page that you are now reading
(which does not cover what was originally at www.GCNA.org -
see the Data Top bullet above)
Tips on navigating this Website
- Every page outside the Data section has a navigation bar at the top
(as this one does), showing one possible hierarchical path between the home page
and the current page.
That bar has links back to the preceding pages on that path.
(Obviously the home page has no need of such a navigation bar.)
- Every page except the home page has a 4-item menu bar
near the bottom of the page (as this one does), presenting links
to a few useful pages that are not hierarchically connected.
The selection of items presented on such menu bars
in the Data section of this Website
is different from the selection presented elsewhere.
- This Website Map page, together with the Contents portion of the Data Top page,
shows all major topic (i.e., non-data) pages in a hierarchical layout.
- Every site data page can be reached from several different index pages
as well as from at least one regional locator map.
The Links section of each site data page contains several back-links
to the referencing lines of various such index pages (though not all).
This structure enables finding any site based on a variety of criteria,
as well as exploring the relationships between any site and others
that are similar to it.
- Index pages and other list pages within the Data section have a link near the bottom
which goes back to the "index list" page for that particular set of related indexes.
- There are numerous cross-links between pages, as well as jump links within pages.
Watch the status bar of your Web browser as you mouse over a link
to foresee where it will take you if you click it.
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This page was created 2004/04/04 and last revised 2021/03/04.
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