Event Info Guide
Brigade of the American Revolution
Website Information for Event Coordinators
How to Submit Event Information
Most often, event information comes to the Brigade Webmaster in the form of the Brigade Courier PDF and is in a desirable proof-read, approved and finalized form. Text is copied and pasted, cleaned up and the HTML code is added by hand with a text editor.
If you would like event updates to appear on the Web prior to or between Courier publications or after the final time the information appears in the Courier prior to the event, please email it to the Webmaster in one of the following formats, in order of my preference:
- Plain text documents generated by Notepad, BBEdit, TextEdit, TextWrangler (All of my web pages are written with this application) or anything saved with a, .txt extension, attached to an email (Preferred)
- Plain text directly in an email (It’ll work fine. Please turn styles off in your email program if you can)
- PDFs made from word processing documents, attached to an email (Will cause some minor grumbling)
- Documents from a word processing program, attached to an email (If you really must. The few choice words will likely only be spoken to myself)
Do not send images of text (JPEGs, GIFs, PDFs made from a scan, etc.) for transcription. I will not transcribe anything I can’t copy and paste the text from. However, a PDF made from an image, such as provided by the event host site, can be put on the website as is and linked to, from the event page. In some cases, I reconvert PDFs of images back to images. If you’re not sure if a PDF was made from an image, try click/dragging your cursor over a line of the text. If it doesn’t highlight so you can copy and paste it, it’s an image.
Documents from word processing programs will not be put on the site as is. Nor will any files that require the visitor to purchase or download a program to view them. PDFs are the exception since most browsers will open them without a special plug-in.
An image or two from a past event or of the host site, generates interest in the page and color images will appear in color on the website.
Be aware that, as a Brigade publication, the website falls under the purview of the Brigade Adjutant. To save time, you may want to seek approval and implement any necessary changes to your information updates before you send them to me.
I don’t Typically get Information Through Osmosis
Don’t assume I’ll have access to event information that is distributed through channels other than the Brigade Courier. Sometimes things that were sent to unit commanders, filter down, usually just prior to an event but if you want to be sure it gets on the website, send it to me.
I’m a lone volunteer, not a professional web authoring service. Updates will not necessarily happen the day you send them to me. Putting words like “Urgent”, “Critical” and “Time Sensitive” in the subject and/or sending bribes to my PayPal account won’t change this. It’s in your interest to get the information to me as soon as you can.
I typically check my email mornings before 10 AM. Unless I’m expecting something important, I’ll get anything sent later than that, the next day.
Special Brigade Event Websites
If you have a lot of event information, images, maps, tactical layouts, posters, PDFs, etc., that won’t easily work with or fit within the standard event page template, it’s possible to set up a special multi-page site (subdomain of brigade.org) devoted entirely to your event. We have done this in the past and it’s been quite effective. Contact the Webmaster for details.
Event coordinator with website questions? Feel free to contact the Webmaster.