02 August 1998
- I recently upgraded from my old operating system of
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 to Windows98. This means that
I can now take advantage of some of the new perks of the
operating system, such as long file names. Unfortunately,
it means my old web-editing program (being 16-bit) won't
handle the long file names. So I am now using FrontPage
Express that came with the system for my editor, as well
as Internet Explorer for my browser (I used to be a
Netscape user). For the time being, I will not have
Netscape installed on my computer and therefore won't be
able to cross-check html compatibility issues. However, I
don't believe any of my web pages will be rendered
useless to other browsers because of this.
25 December 1997
- I have been trying to revise my webpages somewhat to make
them more easily viewable by a wider variety of browsers.
My preferred browser is Netscape, and I run my monitor at
800x600 resolution, so all the pages are based on that.
If you have been viewing my pages with Netscape, or
possibly even IE, you probably will not notice any
difference. (If you normally run your monitor at 640x480,
you might consider giving 800x600 resolution a trial run,
it makes for a much less cramped desktop and I highly
recommend it unless you have a vision problem.)
- All of the color names in the "body" tag have
been changed from names to hex code. This is very
significant if you were running a browser that didn't
understand Netscape color names. Also, there are still a
few places where I used the "font" code to
change text color for a specific section of the page.
Some browsers don't understand this code but the page is
designed so that the text should still be perfectly
visible for that section, and should not reduce
readability in any way. Likewise, if you are using a
browser that doesn't display a background image, the
background color should now be such that the text is
still easily readable.
- Most of the images now have "alt" text tags for
text-only browsers. There are exceptions to this, for
example, the Pictures of
People with Pipes site is a picture site; the reason
it's there is to show pictures, therefore, if you have a
text-only browser there really isn't any sense in
visiting it. None of the pictures there have alt text
- Some of the pages have embedded midi or wav files. If you
have a browser that doesn't use embedded sounds, you
won't hear anything, but as before, this will not hamper
readability or understanding of what's on the page.
- All of the invisible gifs that were used for paragraph
indentation have been removed, and the double line breaks
that I had been using to separate paragraphs have been
changed to the paragraph tag. In some documents, the
paragraphs are still indented with the spacer tag,
however, if you have a browser that doesn't understand
this tag the paragraphs will still be separated by the
appropriate code and should therefore be easily
recognizable as separate paragraphs.
- Frames are used for one site, the aforementioned Pictures of People with Pipes.
This is for convenience in viewing, however it should
still be viewable with non-frames browsers, and
appropriate code has been included in the index file for
pointing you at the correct beginning file for viewing
- There are still a few images that are aligned using
Netscape-compatible alignment tags. If your browser
doesn't understand these, the pictures may not be in
exactly the right place but it shouldn't detract from the
- There are also a few font codes here and there (size,
style, etc.) that may not be understood by older browsers
and may cause the text to be slightly skewed, but it
should still be readable.
If you have any suggestions or problems viewing any of my
pages, please feel free to email me. I
can't redesign everything to make one person perfectly happy, but
I will take your comments into consideration and do what I can.