This page provides help, advice and handy tips to help users understand how to get the most out of this website. Topics include:
If you are aware of any other technical situations that need to be addressed then just let us know.
The pages on this website have been optimised for use with Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, at a screen resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels on a 17” screen. This equates to approx 100 pixels per inch (ppi). The website should still work adequately at other resolutions and screen sizes and with other popular Internet Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Opera and Safari. Where there are known issues, these may be highlighted on the page concerned or are covered below.
The content of this website is “image rich” and is expected to be viewed at a broadband speed of 2 Mbps or better. Lower broadband speeds may result in slower response times.
The explanations and examples given below are for Explorer 7.0 or later. Other versions or other browsers may operate slightly differently.
If you have recently viewed the site and you return to view the latest information, then please remember to refresh the page(s). Click the icon with the two small green arrows to the right of the address field or just hit the F5 key on the keyboard.
Regular visitors to this website may find it useful to go to the What's New page to be directed to recent and significant additions or modifications to the website.
This section covers any known issues with the various browsers or with the way our website works. If you are aware of any issues that we have not been covered, then please let us know.
Adobe Flash Files: Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 may have difficulty displaying Adobe Flash 10. A temporary fix is to set Internet Explorer 9 to Compatabilty Mode or simply use an alternative browser.
Tabbed Areas: Internet Explorer displays some of the Tabbed Areas with lower resolution text. If this is a problem, then we suggest that you switch to an alternative browser such as Mozilla Firefox. Occasionally when we are in the process of updating various pages only the text of the Tabs may be visible. The full Tabs will reappear once all the pages have been updated.
RSS Feeds: The presentation of RSS Feeds may vary significantly depending on the browser. Chrome 4 does not correctly display RSS Feeds. Information from the RSS Feeds is not guaranteed. The content is intended and expected to vary over time and on occassion may not be available.
Loading Pages: Internet Explorer can take some time to display a new page. If this is a problem, then we suggest that you switch to an alternative browser such as Mozilla Firefox.
Pop Up Pages: Internet Explorer may not provide all its typical facilities if it has arrived at a page via “Pop Up” Link. For example the Refresh or Return icons may not be available. Switch to an alternative browser such as Mozilla Firefox or simply cut and paste the address of the page into a fresh Internet Explorer window.
Pictures and Photographs
This website contains both medium (approx 640 by 480 pixels) and high (approx 1280 by 960 pixels) resolution images as well as some full resolution photographs. Some modern digital cameras can now generate 12 Mega Pixel images. Users should be aware that viewing web pages with high resolution images may take a significant time to display, even for those on relatively fast broadband.
To help minimise downloading delays, most pictures and photographs are initially displayed either as small thumbnails or at medium resolution, which if clicked on will expand to a separate larger page with a larger resolution picture. To return to the previous web page after displaying such a picture, then click on the leftmost blue Back button. Some pictures, typically those in a Tabbed Area may be displayed as a Pop-up Page.
Accessing an external website or a separate PDF file from this website may create a separate “Pop-up” window. This window is typically at a reduced size, as shown below for the example of accessing the Goring Unplugged website. Note: Users may need to enable the “pop up” capability on their web browser.
If users wish to view an external website as a full page, click the top middle button (little square) at the top right of the page. Cancel the page by clicking the top right button (little cross) if viewing the pop up page is no longer required.
Some pages are shown with Tabbed Areas. Simply click on a particular Tab to see that Tab Area. On a newly refreshed page, the default tab will be pre-set to a Tab of our choice.
Should you wish to print a page from this site you may wish to do so in landscape orientation, rather than portrait. From the File pull down menu, select Page Setup, then click the Landscape button in the dialogue box. You can then check if this is correct by selecting Print Preview before selecting Print.
Please be aware that ALL INFORMATION on this website is copyright. If you are going to use any such information other than for your own personal use, then you need to have permission. If you intend to republish any such data, then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to be sympathetic to your needs.
You may save photographs from this site, as long as you only use them your own personal use and do not republish them elsewhere. All photographs and images on this website are copyright.
For permission to use material from this site please contact: email@example.com.
To save a photograph, select the photograph at the resolution required, right click on it and then select “Save Image As”.
Please note that there are instances where the facility for saving an image has been inhibited. In such cases please take note of the copyright details.
The Goring-on-Thames portal provides some downloadable information in PDF format. The content of any such PDF files is copyright. In order to ensure that these downloaded files can be successfully viewed, users should ensure that they have an up to date version of Adobe Acrobat. You may download a free copy of the latest version of Adobe Reader by clicking on the URL below.
Then select the appropriate version corresponding to the operating system:
Adobe Flash and Compatabilty
For reasons outside of our control various Apple/Mac products may not support the use of Adobe Flash. Sorry!
Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 have some incompatibility problems which may cause difficulty in displaying animations with Flash Files using Adobe Flash 10. If various “animated pictures” do not work, in particular our Front Page then there is a temporary fix which is to set Internet Explorer 9 to compatibility mode. If you have recently bought a new computer or have upgraded to the latest software versions you may have this problem.
The easiest solution is to switch to an alternative browser such as Mozilla Firefox or follow the instructions below.
In Internet Explorer click on Tools and select Compatability View Settings.
In the settings window either add the website or click the “Display all websites” box.
The Flash Files should then be displayed.
As stated on the Publication Policy page, this website has been submitted to Google and reasonable steps are taken to encourage Google to give a high search rating to all pages. However, we can take no responsibility for the keywords entered by a Google user, nor can we influence the results produced by Google. Please note that it can take several weeks for a new or altered page to be found by Google.
For those who are interested or concerned, a brief overview of how the Google search engine works is provided below.
The Google crawler, known as Googlebot crawls the entire web regularly in order to update its search index, which is based on the information found on the individual pages of the various websites at that time. This cycle can take several weeks and there is no guarantee that a particular website will be included. Google clearly state that “We do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear”.
When a Google user performs a search and enters a number of Keywords, Google searches the Google Index for matches. Note that Google doesn’t actually search the web, and will only find a particular page if has been previously entered into the index by the Googlebot.
Google then displays a particular page that it finds according to a ranking relative to the other pages it has also found. The ranking is decided by Google and is based on a complex assessment of how interesting Google thinks that particular page is. This is strongly influenced by the content of the page and the website as a whole. It is not based on the number of actual “hits” on a particular website, but more on the potential for a high number of hits as assessed by Google.
The results are highly dependent on the key words entered by the Google user. This is best illustrated by two simple examples.
The first example has entered the two key words “goring tennis”. At the time of performing this example, there were some 2,670,000 sites worldwide with these two key words. Bear in mind that there are two towns called Goring, that Goring is also a popular surname and that Tennis is a reasonably popular sport. It therefore took several months for the website www.goring-tennis.co.uk to percolate slowly to the top of the search page against the particular search submission shown below.
The second example has entered the two keywords “goring-on-thames westholme”. At the time of performing this example, there were only some 2,950 sites worldwide with these two key words. Bear in mind that there is only one town called Goring-on-Thames and that Westholme is a fairly unusual name. It therefore only took the time for the first Googlebot crawl to find the new web page for Westholme Store, www.goring-on-thames.co.uk/html/westholme_store.html, on this website and for it to become top or near top of the first page against that particular search submission shown below.
Depending on the URL (Web Address) used to access this website, Google Map and Google Earth may or may not work. You may see the error report below or something very similar.
Simply click OK and the page will load, but without the Google Map working. If you wish to see the Google Map then click on the redirection link if it is supplied. Google is set up to run from www.goring-on-thames.co.uk, so if you use this URL to access and browse the website, then the Google Maps should work.
If you are running a web page for the first time with Google Earth you may need to install a special Google Earth Plugin. To install the Google Earth Plugin, browse to any page which needs the plugin (e.g. Fly around Goring). Your browser will typically ask for permission before installing the plugin. Simply just click through to allow the installation. Once the plugin is installed, you may need to refresh the page (F5 key) before the plugin displays correctly. You may need to do this for each different browser, if you use more than one.
The Google Earth Plugin is currently stated as being available for the following platforms:
- Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7)
- Google Chrome 1.0+
- Internet Explorer 6.0+
- Firefox 2.0+
- Flock 1.0+
- · Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC)