Design Notes

First, I would like to thank, which provides me a place to co-locate my server. They have very reasonable rates, first class service, and are willing to let users do interesting things.

Second, I would like to thank my web former hosting service. I used Webgodess which is owned and operated by Irene Hartfield. She provides hosting and design services. She didn't design these pages since these are simply personal in nature and her interest is primarily commercial. That and the fact that this just a hobby for me and I don't want to pay the big bucks.

This web site is made possible by OpenSource software. The web server is running courtesy of Apache, MySQL, Perl, and a variety of GNU utilities all on top of Linux. OpenSource software allows a user to view, distribute and modify the source code. The software is free thanks in large part to generousity of programmers around the world who contributed both code and a different vision of how computing should work.

The overall site design came from a free pagekit available at <elated>.  They have fantastic free buttons, and ready to build page kits. I think their sense of design is fantastic. They should be commended for giving something to the internet community and for doing some great marketing.

PageKits be elated

I used to use a great navigational bar from the Humble Bee.  That particular nav bar doesn't fit into the new design but I was so impressed with their free graphics that I would still like to give them a little plug. You can even look at my old pages with the nav bar if you want.

Any Browser Campaign    The AnyBrowser campaign. My pages contain a mix of HTML 3.2 and HTML 4.0 code. In a few places there are javascript and even proprietary DHTML from Microsoft. Even with all that code I still try to take the time to make sure that all the content will display adequately with lynx or Opera, because I don't want to go back to the bad old days when people couldn't exchange documents because they didn't have the right OS or the right proprietary program. If you notice a content feature that is missing in an older browser please send me e-mail. Of course not al old browser will display some of the snazzy features.

Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities)    This is the web's handicapped accessible symbol.There are folks who surf the web who may have difficulty seeing, hearing, or even moving a mouse. This symbol is meant to denote that a web site is accessible to folks with those types of impairments.There are design guidelines that every web designer should be aware of when creating a web page. I attempted to follow some of these guidelines in the design of this site.

Blue Ribbon Campaign for Elecronic Preedom, EFF

"Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.",Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

"The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.", Thomas Jefferson to Address 1808.

The liberty to publish is dear to all citizens of the United States. The internet brings that liberty to all citizens of the world. Let us all work together to ensure electronic freedom in the 21st Century.

RSACI Rated    I believe that every web page should employ some type of self rating that gives some clue as to the contents and their suitability for minors. All my pages are rated with RSACI.

Here are some additional HTML related resources I have used to write these pages.

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