The New Web Site Look!
Those of you that regularly visit the Order of the Arrow's
official web site will notice a big change
in our pages.
Over the past several months, members of the OA web site staff have
been working diligently to enliven and enrich the content and
look of the national OA web site. If you visit often, you
have probably noticed our recent features on the
Representative and our coverage of the Order's involvement
with the 2001 National Scout Jamboree.
During the last four years, the national OA web site has
established itself as the premiere reference for OA programs
and policy. We plan to continue our role as a program resource
for all Arrowmen while expanding the coverage we provide to
stories that augment information already found on the site.
As part of our plan, we decided it was necessary to redesign
the look and function of the site. As we hope you will find,
our result is a much cleaner and contemporary front page which
showcases the most current information available on-line. In
the center, you will find our most recent "feature" articles,
which provide in-depth coverage to the Order's most valuable
programs and topics. On the right, we have added what we call
featured topic boxes, which provide you with direct access to
some of the most popular areas on the site. And for those of
you that have grown used to our customary full-site access
menu, it's still available on the left, right where it always
has been since day one. We have moved the "What's New"
link to the bottom of the left side menu.
Perhaps the most noticeable change, has been the switch from a
red color scheme
to a more calming
We feel the new color will
prove to be more agreeable to our viewers' eyes and will
generally improve a user's overall experience on our
If you are a technophile, you will notice that we have
adapted our fonts to start using cascading style sheets, which
will help us update and improve the overall look of the site in
the years to come. And for those who have often longed that
the OA web page fill their browser's entire window, you will
find that our new front page does just that. But don't fear, those
of you who still use older browsers and monitors should find
the site to work appropriately for you as well. Our team spent
several months using over a dozen different browsers and computer
systems to test
the new design. Even printing on your printer should work fine.
These changes will be put into place for all active pages.
Historical and archive pages, such as those produced at past
NOACs, will not be changed, but will retain the old red color
scheme and styles.
We have a lot of future features in the works, including
detailed coverage of NOAC 2002. But for now, sit back, browse
around the web site and check out our most recent additions
including: Background Information
for NOAC 2002,
for the Arrowman Service Award,
the 2001 OA Voyage
and thoughts from our top youth leaders on
Camping and the
and Brotherhood and
I would like to personally thank all of the members of the National OA Web Site staff.
They all work
very hard to bring to you the latest information about the
Order of the Arrow on-line. Without them, none of what we do
would be possible.
As always, we appreciate any comments you may have
concerning the national OA web site. You may send them at any
Feel free to let us know what you think of the new look and
features we have added. And if you have any suggestions for
future features you would like to see, send them on in.
Yours ever Cheerfully,
National OA Web Site Youth Coordinator