This page was last modified on 15 September 2010.
This website has been written by hand. All of it. At no stage have I used NightmareWeaver, BackPagePro or whatever these programs are that churn out fancy-looking webpages. Why not? Because:
From day one, this site has been written and edited using GNU
Emacs, a text-editor (among other things) that runs under Linux; when
I was getting a new computer, I nearly made it run Linux because I would
lost without Emacs — but I found a version
that ran under XP and haven’t looked back. More recently I
have been working in Mac OS X which is based upon Unix and
has Emacs built in.
It is my opinion that content is king, and this site is written accordingly. This means that each page has a specific subject that is discussed and dealt with in a logical fashion. Headings are given, and hyperlinks made within existing text, to add structural framework to the document.
Stylistic factors are kept to a minimum and are intended only to work
behind the scenes; to assist the reader, and to provide a uniform
look & feel.
I hope that the result is a pleasing site containing readable pages.
This site is predominantly my own work. A few photos were taken by other folk, but I was at least nearby (or the subject) when they were taken.
As the site has evolved, naturally the input of others (mostly from emails) has influenced that growth.
It is not, however, my intention to act as a publishing-house for others’ work, and submissions to this effect — whilst often of interest to the editor personally — are unlikely to be used.
Every page on this site has been upgraded to comply with XHTML 1.0. Although some pages
declare themselves as being of Transitional XHTML specification,
best practice has been applied: deprecated tags such as
BGCOLOR have been removed; tables and
non-breaking spaces are not abused in attempts to achieve stylistic ends;
and all non-content-related matters like
align="center" have been removed to the external
Cascading Style Sheets — CSS 2.1 is in force.
It is my firm intention that this site should be accessible to users with any browser, be it one of the mainstream Windows-PC-based ones, a Unix-based browser, handheld-PC browser, mobile phone, speech-synthesizer, et cetera.
I have generally tested all pages using the following browsers:
All photos have
ALT text declaring themselves as photos,
giving a description and file-size; they are formed as links to
themselves for ease of selecting to view in Lynx. All links are fitted
with a pop-up “tool-tip” giving a brief explanation of
If you or your browser experience any accessibility / readability problems with any part of my site, please let me know so that I can fix them.