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This page has been created to try and answer commonly asked questions about the SchoolHistory.co.uk website. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to use the feedback page. For immediate help you should use the teachers' or students' forums.

The most common questions:

I'm having trouble downloading and / or printing a resource.
Who is responsible for this site?
Where can I find the latest updates?
I've found an error in your games - you should be ashamed!!!
You're useless - why haven't you got links for XYZ that I need tomorrow?
How can I create my own versions of your games / quizzes / diagrams?
What's going on with this site - it doesn't work properly!
The site looks funny. It says I need to upgrade my browser.
How do submit a resource to the site?
How do I link to the SchoolHistory site?
What software is used to create this site?
Who is the SchoolHistory.co.uk site hosted with?
You haven't answered my question...

The most common questions and answers:

I'm having trouble downloading and / or printing a resource.

: Read the resource help page. The worksheets on the site are in .pdf format which means you need Adobe Acrobat installed. The PowerPoint presentations require Microsoft PowerPoint or a PowerPoint viewer.

See more on the resource help page.

Who is responsible for this site?

: This site is owned and created by Andrew Field. The history teachers' discussion forum, hosted on this site, is run by a dedicated team of administrators. The student history help forum is run in a simliar way but with a larger team of teacher moderators.

See more on the 'about the author' page.

Where can I find the latest updates to the site?

: View the latest updates page - a brief summary of the very latest updates also appears on the homepage. This simply shows you the date the site was last updated. Please appreciate that a lot of behind the scenes work has been going on over the last months (see the redesign page) but now we are focusing back on uploading materials and activities.

See more on the latest updates page.

I've found an error in your games - you should be ashamed!!!

: We do our best to make the games as effective as possible, but mistakes will occur. Please also remember that many of the games are created by teachers with specific purposes (i.e. for their class and suchlike). However, if you discover a mistake, please report it and then it can be fixed as soon as possible.

Use the feedback page to report the error - please say which game!

You're useless - why haven't you got links for XYZ that I need tomorrow?

: This site was initially created to offer comprehensive links to internet materials for UK secondary school students. We've since expanded the topics to cover both Primary and AS / A2 topics. Yet still we get requests. Sensible and polite requests are always welcome. It's obviously best to plan ahead with work, but polite requests can be made via the History Help Forum and topic suggestions can be sent via the feedback page.

See the full range of links on the Site map.

How can I create my own versions of your games / quizzes / diagrams?

: All of our games, quizzes and interactive diagrams - newly brought together in our 'interactivities' section - can be adapted and developed for new topics.

Please see the developing ContentGenerator.net website - both for commercial and free versions of my 'generator programs' - special programs that allow anyone to produce interactive Flash content without any programming skills (or even the need for the expensive Flash authoring program).

See the ContentGenerator.net website for more information.

What's going on with this site - it doesn't work properly!

The entire site is in the process of being redeveloped, so it may be you have come across a broken link. Please report this via the feedback page.

You may be viewing the site with an out of date browser that doesn't support the advanced features of the site. Read the answer to the 'the site looks funny' question below.

: Check the server status page - although it's unlikely to be server problems as we now have excellent hosts - UnitedHosting.co.uk.

The site looks funny. It says I need to upgrade my browser.

: The site has been designed to take advantage of modern browsers - specifically Cascading Style Sheets and Macromedia Flash 6. The advantages of an efficient design far outweigh issues of compatibility with older browers. However, the site has been designed to 'fail gracefully', meaning the content can still be used by any internet browser. We would urge an upgrade to a more up-to-date browser from the list suggested by the Web Standards Project (WASP).

See more on the '2003-04 Site Redesign' page.

How do submit a resource to the site?

: Read follow the instructions on the 'submit your resource' page. This offers brief guidance about how to submit your resources and how they will be displayed. Much of this site has been build up thanks to the generosity of others - please consider sending your materials in.


How do I link to the SchoolHistory site?

: Read the 'linking to this site' page. This contains information and logos that can be used. We are, of course, delighted to have other sites linking to us. Please inform us should you do so as we are always interested in linking to other useful history educational sites.

What software is used to create this site?

: This site was initially designed and launched using Microsoft Frontpage. Very soon Adobe Acrobat was used for downloadable resources and downloadable PowerPoint presentations were added when they began to be submitted.

As I've become more proficient and confident (not always a guaranteed combination) in design - both in terms of presentation and interactivities - the site has moved further and further towards Macromedia products. The 2003-04 redesign is being completed using Macromedia Studio MX 2004 - with Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Macromedia Contribute 2 is being used as an additional tool to update the site, but I'm not convinced it is as fabulous as it first appears.

See more on the '2003-04 Site Redesign' page.

Who is the SchoolHistory.co.uk site hosted with?

: When the site was first launched it was hosted on free BTInternet webspace. This proved too unreliable and the site then moved to hosting provided by UK2.net. In Summer 2002 we upgraded the server capability via new hosting provided by Dot5Hosting.

During June 2003 the SchoolHistory.co.uk site experienced great difficulties - this was due to the failure of Dot5Hosting to fix their servers. We had, until that time, had very a very good service with Dot5. The total failure to offer support drove us away.

Since then, the site has been hosted with the splendid UnitedHosting.co.uk. We have experienced an excellent standard of support and assistance and could not recommend this company more highly. More about the details of the hosting and the server status can be found on the server status page.

See more on the server status page.

You haven't answered my question...

: Please send additional questions via the feedback page.



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