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The League of Renaissance Merchants is a web ring for artists, craftsmen and merchants who

If you are a participant or represent one or more participants in SCA, Living History, or Medieval or Renaissance events and have something to sell, this is the Net Ring to join! Nothing to sell? That's OK. This is the Net Ring to browse for those hard to find items you want to buy. On member merchant web sites you may find clothiers and costumers, smithies and armouries, jewelers, booksellers, potters and glassblowers ... literally every type of artist, craftsman or merchant with something for the Medieval or Renaissance life style.

You say you're not a merchant? Well, you can still support The League. Just use a "browse" icon (like the one pictured on the left) as a link to either the list of sites in the Ring or to a random site in the ring. You can find some sample HTML for this on the Link Graphics page.

(The Guild of Renaissance Performers) Ah, you say you are a performer, someone who entertains the masses! May we humbly suggest our sister web ring, The Guild of Renaissance Performers. You can even join both rings if you are a performer who also sells a product. Simply click on the icon to the right and see if this ring isn't for you.

Yes, there are other SCA, Living History, Medieval and Renaissance rings out there. But not everyone is on all rings. Think of The League of Renaissance Merchants as intersecting those other rings on some cosmic, multi-dimensional plane in order to bring merchants and customers together. If you are already on another ring, why not join The League and become one of these cosmic intersections?

How to Join The League

If you fit the criteria listed below it's really easy to join The League. Here's all you have to do.
  1. Decide if your site meets the criteria for inclusion.

  2. Submit your site. You will receive email confirming that your site has been added to the queue. This email will also include the customized HTML fragment containing the ring links for your site.

  3. Add the Net Ring links to your site. Just cut and paste the HTML fragment that was emailed to you when you submitted your site. The HTML must be added to the page that was listed for your site when it was submitted. If the links are not on this page, your site will not be added to the Ring. Special Note for AOL Users

  4. Email ringmaster@faire.net when your site is ready.

  5. The Ringmistress will review your site to make sure that the Ring links are correct and that your site meets the criteria for membership in The League of Renaissance Merchants.

  6. The Ringmistress will add your site to the Ring. You will receive email when your site is added.

If you have any problems or questions about this Ring, please contact the Ringmistress.

Adding Net Ring Links

After submitting your site to The League of Renaissance Merchants you need to add the appropriate links to your web site. You can use the standard HTML fragment that was included in the email sent to you when you submitted your site, or you can modify it to fit the design of your web site.

The links must be added to the page that is listed for your site. This does not have to be your main page, it may be a links or rings page. If it is not your main page, the Ringmistress humbly suggests that it include your site name, and links to other pages on your web site. This is the only place that Ringmistress will look for the links, so if they are not here, your site will not be added to The League.

You may use any of the graphics provided on the Link Graphics page to create your Net Ring links. If you do not want to use the default graphics, please be sure to change the IMG tag in the links that are mailed to you after you submit your site.

There are some requirements for the links:

You can use the provided graphics or create your own. If you do create any neat graphics and want to share them, send 'em to the Ringmistress (that's me) and I'll add them to the Link Graphics. Be warned - if the Ringmistress finds peachy keen new graphics on your page when she visits, she may add them to available graphic sets.

Remember that the links for The League must be in place before your site can actually be added to the Ring.

Here are a couple of examples of how to link your site into The League of Renaissance Merchants. To use this HTML on your web page, you must replace "id=1" by the ID number assigned to your site. For example, if your site ID is 15, then you would replace "id=1" by "id=15". Do not change "ring=renmerchant" ("renmerchant" is the Ring ID for this Ring).

Please note that the Net Ring links will not work correctly until your site has been added to the Net Ring. When you try to follow these links, you will simply be sent to this page. This is normal. In fact, if these links do appear to work correctly while your site is still in the queue, then you probably didn't change "id=1" to your own site ID!

Example #1

This is the "standard" way to implement the HTML links. In fact, this is the same code fragment that will be emailed to you after you add your site to the queue. The copy that will be emailed to you will have your site ID already added.

<!--Link to The League of Renaissance Merchants--> <p> <center> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=prev" target="_top"> <img src="http://www.faire.net/renmerchant/league-prev2.gif" border=0 width=62 height=63> </a> <A HREF="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;action=home" target="_top"> <IMG SRC="http://www.faire.net/renmerchant/league-home2.gif" border=0 width=194 height=72> </A> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=next" target="_top"> <img src="http://www.faire.net/renmerchant/league-next2.gif" border=0 width=62 height=63> </a> </center>

Example #2

This example includes a variety of links in addition to the minimum required links. This style of Net Ring links is deprecated, that is, the Ringmistress suggests that you do not use it. It is here so that sites migrating from the old WebRing version of The League of Renaissance Merchants can simply cut and paste the links without changing graphics or format. <!--Link to The League of Renaissance Merchants--> <p> <center> <table width="80%" cellpadding=2 border=0> <tr align=center valign=center> <td width="60%"> <A HREF="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;action=home" target="_top"> <IMG SRC="http://www.faire.net/renmerchant/league-home2.gif" border=0 width=194 height=72> </A> </td> <td width="20%"> A Member of The League of Renaissance Merchants </td> <td width="20%"> <A HREF="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=next" target="_top"> <IMG SRC="http://www.faire.net/renmerchant/league-next2.gif" border=0 width=62 height=63> </A> </td> </tr> </table> <table cellpadding=2 border=2 width="100%"> <tr align=center valign=center> <td width="14%"> <A href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=sprev1" target="_top"> Skip Previous</a> </td> <td width="14%"> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=prev" target="_top"> Previous</a> </td> <td width="14%"> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=next" target="_top"> Next</a> </td> <td width="14%"> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=skip1" target="_top"> Skip Next</a> </td> <td width="14%"> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=rand" target="_top"> Random</a> </td> <td width="14%"> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;id=1;action=next5" target="_top"> Next 5</a> </td> <td width="14%"> <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=renmerchant;action=list" target="_top"> List Sites</a> </td> </tr> </table> </center>

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Special Note for AOL Users

For whatever reason, the AOL email program really messes up the HTML fragment. The exact same email read with any other email program will be displayed correctly, but somehow the AOL email program loses the links and keeps the graphics. Do not use the HTML fragment that is emailed to you. You must copy one of the HTML fragments from the examples on this page. Don't forget to replace "id=1" (which is the ID for this page) with the unique ID that was assigned to your site when you joined.

Edit your Site Information

Enter your site ID and password below. This will take you to the Ring Surf site where you can edit the information about your site. You can even change your URL.

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Migrating From Yahoo

If you were a member of The League of Renaissance Merchants prior to the assimilation of WebRing by Yahoo, you will need to follow these steps to re-join the RingSurf incarnation of The League.
  1. Submit your site to the Ring. Sorry, there is no way to automatically move ring members from Yahoo to Ring Surf. You just have to sign up again. The page that you list for the Ring must be the page where the links will be located. This is a change in the requirements for being accepted to the Ring.
  2. Replace the old League links with the new ones that will be emailed to you. There is a new default set of links (home, next and previous) that uses three graphics. The links for the graphics will point to the faire.net server. You do not have to change the graphics links unless you want to use different graphics. If you do use a different graphics set, or a different style of links, be sure to copy the graphics from the Link Graphics page.
  3. Email the Ringmistress when the links are in place.
  4. After I receive your email, I will check your site and then add it to the Ring.

The Yahoo WebRing version of the League was deleted on November 6, 2000.


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