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RinkAtlas Search Improved for Arenas in French-Speaking Areas of Canada

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added information to the directory entries for arenas in the French-speaking areas of Canada to allow RinkAtlas users to search according to the city and arena names as they are typically spelled in either French or English.

This means that arenas like “Aréna de Bernières Saint-Rédempteur” in Saint-Rédempteur, Québec can be searched for by typing any of the following:

  • Aréna de Bernières Saint-Rédempteur
  • Arena de Bernieres Saint Redempteur
  • Arena de Bernieres St. Redempteur

We also created alternative city names, so that arenas in Montréal, for example, can be found by searching:

  • Montréal, QC
  • Montreal, QC

Arenas in Quebec City, which is referred to simply as “Québec” in French, can be found by searching:

  • Québec, QC
  • Quebec, QC
  • Quebec City, QC

We hope that this solves a number of issues with arena and city searches that relate to the bilingual nature of RinkAtlas’ arena directory.  We hope to eventually fully localize the RinkAtlas application to support French as well as English.

Thank you for your support of RinkAtlas!

Why Did RinkAtlas Display Some Arena Names Twice with Minor Spelling or Wording Differences?

Some RinkAtlas users may notice that we list some arenas by multiple versions of their names.  In some situations, there was sometimes little difference between the versions of the arenas’ names.

An example is Réal-Boudreau Centre in Beresford, New Brunswick.  We now list this arena as:

Réal-Boudreau Centre

The reason we did this was because the database underlying RinkAtlas is aware of all international characters and it considers “é” to be a different letter than “e”.  At one point in the development of our directory, we listed the arena’s name both ways, so English speakers would be able to find the arena without first figuring out how to type “é”.

We solved this problem by creating additional metadata that you cannot see which shows any possible alternate spellings for the name of the arena.  We’ve gone back through the database and made the displayed name for the arena the name of the arena in the primary language of the area.

We hope that this clarifies the way we are managing arena names currently within RinkAtlas.

How Do I Link to a Specific Rink in the RinkAtlas Database?

Question: How do I build a link from my website to a specific rink in the RinkAtlas Database?

Answer: The easiest way to build a link from your website to a specific rink in RinkAtlas is to:

  1. find the rink using the search function, see RinkAtlas Help for more details.
  2. copy the link from the address bar of your web browser. The resulting URL will be of the format: https://www.rinkatlas.com/rinks/nnnn. (Links to specific rinks on RinkAtlas used to have the form https://www.rinkatlas.com/?guid=nnnn&source=linkto.)
  3. paste that URL into the markup on your website.

If you need to find dozens or hundreds of URLs at a time, because you are building a sophisticated interface to RinkAtlas, contact us for help by sending an email to support [at] rinkatlas.com.

How Do I Find the GUID for a Rink in the RinkAtlas Database?

Question: How do I find the global unique identifier (guid) for a rink in the RinkAtlas database?

Answer: The easiest way to find a single guid with RinkAtlas is to:

  1. find the rink using the search function,
  2. copy the link from the  graphic on the toolbar. The resulting URL will be of the format:
  3. http://www.rinkatlas.com/?guid=nnnn&source=linkto
  4. pick the number (shown as four bold n characters) out of the guid parameter. The guid may is one to four digits long.

If you need to find dozens or hundreds of GUIDs at a time, because you are building a sophisticated interface to RinkAtlas, contact us for help by sending an email to support [at] rinkatlas.com.