ScoreKeeper News: Volume 9 - January 10, 2006

Web Page Setup

ScoreKeeper can automatically create a web page of the current meet. The page is updated either whenever a score is entered or periodically based on the number of seconds you select. To let ScoreKeeper do its magic, however, you have to give it certain important pieces of information and this information goes in two different places in the program.

Program Preferences

The first place to go is the program preferences screen (Edit > Program Preferences). On the Web Pages (1) tab, you first decide what to name the HTML file and where to put it on your hard disk before sending it to your team's web site. The Live Scores File Name field is where you name the file. You can use a fixed name such as LiveStats.htm or you can let ScoreKeeper name the file based on the meet date by using the tokens described on the screen. Use the name +C+Y+M+D.htm to name the file in the format YYYYMMDD.htm which would look like 20060113.htm for a meet on 1/13/2006. Similarly you can name a home team stats web page.

Next you choose a location where to store the file on the hard disk. The root folder of drive C: is good because it makes it easy to find in case you want to do something with it. However, you can choose any drive and folder you wish, even a location across a network. The ellipses button to the right of the field lets you select the folder rather than typing its name.

The next section on that screen gives some additional options. The first is whether to have ScoreKeeper generate the HTML header for your web page. Some web service providers will automatically add their own HTML header to whatever page you upload so you can remove the check. If a page has no HTML header, either created by ScoreKeeper or your web service provider, then the page will not be readable.

The Seconds for HTML Refresh is a value that is added to the web page code itself that works with the browser of someone looking at your web page on the internet. It tells the browser to reload the page every so often during a meet to update for new scores. If you generate your meet results web pages after a meet, you can set this to zero to disable automatic refresh.

The Minutes between automatic generation setting tells ScoreKeeper to automatically create a new or updated web page periodically rather than when scores are entered. This can be useful if you are using SkRemote to enter the scores on remote computers rather than the one that creates the web pages.

The Web Pages (2) tab lets you select web page colors and indicate whether you want the meet results web pages to list the judges of the meet. Selecting colors lets you make the web page use the same pallete of colors as the rest of your schools web pages. A small check box lets you see the color values as decimal numbers or hexadecimal (base 16) numbers. HTML always uses hexadecimal numbers, this selection only changes how the values are displayed on this screen.

Home Team Internet Settings

The other place you need to enter internet-related information is on the Home Team screen (Edit > Home Teams > [Select team]). Go to the Internet tab to find first a Page Address Link field. If you want your meet results web pages to have a link to your home team's main web page, enter the address of that page here. Otherwise leave it blank.

The next section is more difficult and requires information from your web service provider. FTP is a protocol for uploading, downloading, and managing files on a web server. It usually requires login information to limit access to authorized users. The Username and Password fields are necessary for this login. The Host Name is the FTP site you will upload the web pages to and may be different than the web address where they end up appearing. The Directory is optional and is the full path name to the folder on the FTP site where ScoreKeeper will place the web page files. There are two settings for Host Name and Directory, one for the live scores web pages and one for home team stats web pages. They can be the same or different.

Finally, there is a button in the lower right corner of the screen for Advanced FTP Options. In general, you should never need to change these settings but if you do, consult the Users Guide for instructions. Don't play with these settings to see what they do because you might not see the results until you find that your pages are not being uploaded correctly.