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How TFAO maintains pages / request for services
Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) maintains the website tfaoi.org. The site can also be accessed as tfaoi.com. It is a 100% non-commercial resource provided primarily for students and teachers seeking knowledge about American representational art. TFAO is regarded as the world's most respected and largest online provider of knowledge regarding its subject.
TFAO's site contains thousands of essays, articles, research reports and other texts in its text files, all in HTML format. Besides text, there are also .jpg. .pdf .and gif image files placed in many of the HTML files. As of August, 2012, the site file inventory contained over 30,190 files, in one flat file database with a hierarchical directory structure. There is no relational database.
There are many thousands of inbound links to the website's pages. Many of the inbound links are from non-profit websites or noted in scholarly essays and articles published elsewhere, either on paper or online. For that reason, TFAO's existing URLs must remain unchanged over time.
How pages are edited and created
Page creation or editing work begins with clicking on files within one of three folders shown on the desktop using the Finder: the main site folder, the most recent image folder being used, or the most recent text folder being used.
New pages are created in two ways:
Page editing is accomplished by finding and opening a page, adding and deleting content onto the page, removing unneeded prior content, previewing and uploading the new page.
TFAO's editing software remains adequate for it's needs. Published pages are simple yet elegant, emphasizing content in a consistent manner. They are satisfactory to both readers and sources of content including museums and authors, TFAO seeks no website design changes.
Upgrade of software
In recent years, TFAO has searched without success for easy-to-use editing software using Mac OS versions with Intel chip processors which will allow TFAO to keep as is existing page appearance and URLs - and have a brief learning curve. In the future, TFAO would like to use a MacBook Pro with OS 10.6.8 or above and compatible page editor software to maintain the site. Readers who may be aware of software are asked to please contact us at the email address noted below.
Following are software upgrade components:
In 2012 TFAO replaced a PowerMac G4 with a refurbished G5 PowerMac set up for OS9 classic mode as a temporary hardware solution.
If you wish to contact TFAO, please send email to:
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