We have had a few comments regarding the journal's browser upgrades over the past year. One comment was:
"It has been my experience with the educational nouveau of cyber-learning to suffer the consequences of those gremlin-like and unseen web wizards who have the task of maintaining the web pages of various organization such as the Electronic Journal of Science Education. These web wizards appear to live by a code which exclaims, "Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!"
"Unfortunately, the zeal to upgrade almost always results in cyberproducts that were not as good as before. For example, the Journal's latest upgrade exhibits sentences that are fragmented on the cyberpage and difficult to read and comprehend. I also note that the Netscape 3.0 appears to have become an ancient artifact, having only existed within the Journal's html-bowels for only a matter of months."
The reader is correct...except that I've rarely considered myself a "gremlin-like web wizard" and I don't think the EJSE has been around long enough to have "html-bowels" quite yet. The EJSE publishers, however, have fallen somewhat prey to the "upgrade" fervor. Each time we check in to a browser's home page, like Netscape or Microsoft Explorer, the lure of new technology overtakes us and WHAM! The upgrade is loaded and functional.
We try to do our very best at checking the EJSE against as many versions of browsers and computer monitors as we have here "in the EJSE's main office"...meaning John's office. One thing is for sure, we are always thinking of ways we can assure that the journal remains accessible to all of our readers, even those with e-mail access only or non-graphical web browsers, like Lynx.
This issue of the EJSE returns, to some degree, back to its roots. We are proud that we can offer our readers full color graphics with each issue...that will never change. Please be assured we are always open to comments or suggestions about the EJSE and especially, any problems you may have in accessing or reading the journal.
Please e-mail John
Cannon or Dave Crowther with
any thoughts, comments, concerns, or problems you may have.
Now...on to the December issue of the Electronic Journal of Science Education.