This site was developed by Les Bowker, a former Dyffryn Croquet Club member.
A screen resolution of 1024 x 768 is recommended, as is using the freely downloadable Mozilla Firefox web browser which will give the best visual effects. It has also been tested, to a lesser extent, using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 & 7 and Opera.
If you wish to comment on any feature of the site, suggest better ways to present information or propose additional functionality, please feel free to e-mail suggestions to the address shown below.
Also use the address below to report a fault with the existing system. Include as much detail as possible, in particular ensuring you include the following information:
To contact me, e-mail - Chris at Butedock ("dot com").
These days, emphasis is quite rightly placed on developing web sites such that they can be easily accessed, displayed and understood on a range of equipment and in a variety of manners.
This might be so that information may be viewed on mobile phones as readily as on regular PCs or notebooks. Or it may be to try to accommodate users with special needs - for example, users with reduced sight (perhaps by supporting stronger contrasting colours and fonts) or no sight (using braille writers or speech output from text).
I'm afraid this site addresses few of these issues.
However, this site is primarily for people interested in croquet and, in particular, members of Dyffryn Croquet Club and I have assumed this audience generally needs few such special features. If I am mistaken, I apologise.
The pages have however been written to dictate as little as possible such things as font choice, size and colours. You should be able to use your browser's built-in capabilities to override my defaults to suit your own preferences.
Development tools used
This site uses Ruby on Rails as its main web development tool.
Behind the scenes, some information is held in a MySQL database.
The http web server feeding pages to your browser is Apache .
And the server operating system keeping everything together is Linux .
You may have noticed that all this is Free Software .
Whilst my background was originally using mainframes and their bundled, proprietary software, then later networks of PCs running Microsoft software, my son, Gareth , convinced me to try Free Software.
And I must say, these particular tools have been powerful, stable and free.
So make of that what you will - and all at your own discretion and risk!