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BridgeHands website has two primary sections:
- The older legacy site with an abundance of reference materials
- The new Bridge Blog with hundreds of hours of online instructional
New Blog Website
In recent years, our online videos have grown in popularity, gaining
thousands of members who enjoy watching our Bridge instructional videos with
bidding and play commentary as well as animated card play where students can
view all four hands being played. To view our blog lesson index,
please go to:
Beginning in November 2010, in our Bridge blog we began producing regular
lessons with online videos beginning in mid-December 2010 (Poll #14) :
1. Polling You –
detailed 1-2 hour video lessons with numerous hands, comprehensive
discussions, typically including downloadable materials. We strive to
ensure each of our lessons offer useful instruction for Bridge players of
all levels. These lessons were produced from 2000 through 2001, with
our newer segment Social and Advanced format beginning in 2013.
As of January, 2013, we added two new video segments:
2. Social –
multi-segmented video lessons for our newcomer, novice-to-intermediate
emerging Bridge players.
3. Advanced –
multi-segmented video lessons for our higher level and Duplicate
While at our blog site, additionally you can search for terms within that
sub-site, navigate within the site and return here to all our reference
material by clicking on Main Website at the top of the associated
legacy portion of our
BridgeHands website is structured around the following areas,
conveniently located at the top and bottom of each webpage:
Newsletter, Laws, Products,
The bottom of each webpage also contains
BridgeHands EMAIL address contacts.
Cookies - how to know where you are and quickly go back several layers
below the navigational menu is a "cookie trail" showing the current webpage
within the overall website structure. Users can also click on
these hyperlinks to "go up" one or more levels of the website directory
tree. Note - to enable this feature using the newer Microsoft
Internet Explorer browser, right-click on the IE task bar - this allow
"blocked content" (Active-X) software necessary to display and navigate the
directory tree at BridgeHands. Here is a working
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Search Tips -
type a few descriptive keywords and press "Go". The Search function
default is set to find information on BridgeHands.
Select the "Web" radio button to instead search externally on the Internet.
Google automatically adds "and" between your
search keywords. The order of keywords may affect your search results
Place "+" and "-" signs before keywords to
further define your search. Use the "+" sign in front of common words such
Use the "-" sign in front of words you want
Search for phrases by enclosing them in quotation
"weak 2" or "weak two"
searches find the webpages matching your keyword criteria. Once you select
the desired document, use your browser's "find" function to quickly locate
the keyword within the webpage. For most browsers, to find information
within the webpage:
Select ALT-Edit-Find ( or press control-f )
Enter the desired keyword, as: 2
Help - obtain an overview of what's going on
red Help link
is located to the left of the major index pages. These support pages
include additional information helpful to gain insights, i.e., "the big
picture" of the functionality and useful tips that parallel the
Oodles of links so you can quickly find your way
BridgeHands website includes thousands of web pages with an enormous
number of hyperlinks between these pages. All pages include internal
"meta tags" which aid the user's search engine (Google, Yahoo, etc).
Many hyperlinks also include sub-page indexes ("anchors"); this feature
allows the hyperlink to move within a page to the desired paragraph of
All webpages include our name BridgeHands
in the meta tag to help searches
meta tag includes the name "BridgeHands", to ensure you find
information here while using your search engine by simply including the word
"BridgeHands" in your search. For instance, this
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Help - How to Navigate BridgeHands Website
Notice helpful tips like this
Ubiquitous screen and easy to read type fonts
Tables help to visually look through lists
Most webpages are laid out similar to this page. The left column
provides a useful overview of the content detail on the right column (here).
Page layouts are designed to operate within a 800 x 600 pixel web browser
screen display. Typical font size in 12 point with the Verdana font
Data is often contained in tables like this:
Alternate white-green color
Easier to read
Encyclopedia pages have alpha indexes and Bridge
Common terms have unique webpages
Encyclopedia pages are organized alphabetically, with alpha links at the top
of each page. Secondary indexes are included by categories:
these indexes segment information to the relevant area.
Bridge terms are indexed by category, including hyperlinks. Relevant
terms are rated between one and four stars, according to the
proficiency associated with the concept.
The terms may
have a complete description on the alpha Encyclopedia page, or a hyperlink
to a detail or example page. If the term pertains to a convention, the
explanation is consolidated in the Convention category page.
Hyperlinks to external websites generally open a new browser instance
(window); close the instance to return to BridgeHands.
Laws/Rules are structured based the nature of the Bridge game
Multiple ways to find the Law
Excellent cross references to supporting Law documents
Laws section is structured by jurisdiction:
American Contract Bridge League -
American Contract Bridge League -
World Bridge Federation
indexed by several criteria:
Alphabetic listing, by both Laws Index an Encyclopedia Index
to the Laws, numerous supporting documents
are included. Many of these documents have cross-referenced links
within the BridgeHands website. For instance, Laws
are often cross-linked to Duplicate Decision and Director Tech File
Products listed by type of media
Products section is organized by
Vendors may advertise their highlighted products using BridgeHands
Companies, Teachers, and Clubs are invited to share their
Bridge players can improve their game via EMAIL help
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Website Hosting, with
segments including: Bridge Teachers,
Bridge Clubs and Bridge Products.
Categories are normally listed alphabetically by segment, excepting Bridge
Teachers which is organized geographically by territory.
Question and Answer,
an EMAIL-based service where customers purchase hourly increments of time.
BridgeHands has two categories based on Bridge player's
proficiency: Newcomer/Novice and Intermediate/Advanced.
is a free monthly newsletter EMAILed to Bridge players interested in
improving their game. BridgeHands has two
categories based on Bridge player's proficiency: Newcomer/Novice and
An immense listing of Bridge books with numerous
indexes based on various criteria
Read and provide feedback on Bridge books
section includes the categories:
Books - This is a major
feature of BridgeHands, listing thousands of Bridge books.
Numerous indexes include: New Books, Book Name, Bridge Topic, Author Name,
Favorites, Target Audience (proficiency), and Category (major area).
Indexes are generally arranged alphabetically by book name, except author
name (Last, First). Each book has a separate webpage, with a
link to order the book (click button or the book picture). Readers are
invited to share their feedback with others using the link to EMAIL
Product Reviews operate similar
to the above review sections.