About These Pages
As with most people who come to the web gradually,
page for the six lady sheep started off as
a simple set of links (complementing Mosaic's hotlist)
to places I liked on the web (at the time, the web wasn't so large, so many
sites got in just by existing).
Then I added some of my own documents (both
at RAL and CERN).
Now (April 1997), I'm finally splitting the two.
page now contains only links to stuff I have written or am closely
associated with. I maintain my hotlist with VMS/Netscape (which
insists on calling them bookmarks).
Since I don't believe in throwing anything away,
you'll still see a link
to Honolulu Community
College, which was one of the first
(outside NCSA) I found
(don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's an excellent site, but not really relevant
to any of my interests).
To prove that I don't throw anything away, you can still access
my old home page.
I also use my home page as a demonstrator of interesting web technology I've
encountered. Although this makes it no longer strict HTML 3.2 (or even quite 4.0/Transitional),
I've taken great pains to ensure that even if your browser doesn't
support these features, it should still look OK and be usable (nothing
important should be lost). I would entreat all web authors to do something similar.
With a little knowledge,
it's quite easy to use new technologies in such a way that they
don't exclude those with older software (perhaps because their hardware
doesn't support the latest browser, or they can't afford to upgrade),
limited hardware (eg. small screen or text-only), disability (eg. using a speech
synthesizer), or preferences different from your own (many people like to
chose which images they are going to wait for).
The following demonstrators are included on
my home page.
Feel free to copy any of these. I ask only that you at least maintain
all copyright notices in the source code.
with parameters in separate variables or passed from the initial event call.
my WWW information page.
- The page uses a simple inline style sheet.
This will be visible on a compliant browser such as Arena or Netscape Navigator 4 (part of Netscape Communicator):
text is indented relative to the headings, which should
be in small-caps (but this latter doesn't seem to be supported yet,
at least when I tried it last with Netscape 4.03).
message in the status bar.
Unlike many (too many) of these apps, this one can be turned off.
Also you don't get it unless you ask for it.
- Moving the pointer over the DELPHI event picture will
(currently only Netscape 3.0 or
later, I believe).
On earlier browsers, nothing will happen.
Unfortunately I can't find any way of stopping this when image loading
Unlike other similar apps, this one will at least not load any images until
the rest of the page text is done. It is also quite general, though I only
present a simple example here.
If you find that any of these features causes you trouble,
please accept my apologies and do let me know.
First created: 22 Apr 1997