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Dwayne & Francine Meisner's Family Tree

The Genealogy of Dwayne Meisner and Francine Williams

 About This Site

January 2013 - This is not the first web site we've had dedicated to our genealogy. Over the years there have been versions hosted at Rootsweb, Genealogy.com, and other free host providers. These sites were made by software that converts the raw Gedcom data into many static web pages. In 2004, I set up my own domain name and started hosting my own site. That site, however, was difficult to update and maintain, due to the original structure it was based upon. This new site reflects both my development in web site design, and with a great piece of back-end software that was created by Darrin Lythgoe, the site now virtually updates itself! (Well... Almost!)
As browser technology progresses, we try to keep our site up to the latest standards. Most new browsers support the new CSS3 specifications, which allow designers to make the pages have a different look by adding rounded corners to boxes, without using images, which speeds up page loading times. We can also add things like opacity, which is why you can see the background image of the tree branches showing through all the elements on the page. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer does not play well with the new specifications. Apparently, IE9 will be compatible, but for now all other versions are not. There are several workarounds to make IE6, IE7, and IE8 play nice, but I was not happy with the results. So, for now, all IE users will see just plain old square corners. The opacity features will work however. I was able to use an appropriate workaround for that particular feature.
In addition, the old site that was the new site mentioned above had outgrown itself. It was fine when it was just used for our genealogy, but when we started to add more features such as search engines, and pages and pages of census records, it got harder and harder to manage. So, after the site has grown to almost 2000 members, we decided it was time to start over. We sat down and decided what to keep, and what to get rid of. We also listened to all our users who offered many suggestions on how to improve things.

January 2015 - The site has been upgraded once again, using HTML5 & CSS3. I have also used the Bootstrap CSS/Javascript technology from Twitter. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. This allows the design to be responsive, meaning that it now works well on smartphones and tablets. A study conducted in the summer of 2014 found that 38% of people living in Canada use one or the other or both. One can assume many other countries boast similar numbers. So, having this site to all internet users is very important. Also, this is the first time I have used one of the pre-made templates from TNG. This will make upgrading to the newer versions a lot less work for me!

Internet Explorer Statistics

Internet Explorer popularity is diminishing every month. Most people have now decided that Google Chrome is their browser of choice. Of course, some companies still use IE just because their IT guys have everything locked up so downloading an alternative is impossible.

Click the link to see a breakdown of the Internet Explorer numbers from W3Schools

This site has been fully tested in the latest DHTML browsers, including, but not limited to: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, and Safari. I have made no attempt to make this site operate 100% properly in IE6. There are just too many things to do to try to make it compatible. Studies have shown that less than 5% of the population are still using IE6. This site is best viewed at a screen resolution of at least 1024x768 or larger.
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