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[ Go to Notepad+ download site! ] This web site was established ca. 01 December 1996. The site map[fn.7a[ Go to footnote! ]] was produced with Web Hotspots 2.0. All other HTML, SGML, XML (etc.) on this site hand-coded, using (freeware) Notepad+ for Windows 95/NT. Digital photos produced with Olympus D-300L digital camera.

[ Learn about SGML! ]I coded many of the pages before I knew about SGML, or that HTML is an SGML application, and that things like <b> and <i> elements are containers, so that a sequence such as:

normal <b>bold only <i>bold+italic</b> italic only</i> normal

[ Support web standards! ]is syntactically wrong, because the containers overlap and thus improperly nest. (See example pages which, in my ignorance, I coded sloppily.) Because the most popular web browser, Internet Explorer, displays such material as desired: "normal bold only bold+italic italic only normal", there is often little incentive to make the HTML be structurally correct. This gives HTML a reputation for being "sloppy", "formless", "anything goes", etc.

What's right?

normal <b>bold only <i>bold+italic</i></b> <i>italic only</i> normal

is syntactically correct, because the italic+bold text is in an italic container inside a bold container, and the italic-only text is in its own distinct container.

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[ Proper versus improper nesting of HTML elements. ]
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[ Read W3C HTML 3.2 announcement letter! ]In May 1998, I reworked many of my pages to be HTML 3.2 conformant. [Read W3C HTML 3.2 announcement letter (07 May 1996): Click here!] In other pages, however, I wished to retain tagging which is not part of the HTML 3.2 standard: especially, bgcolor attribute in <td> elements, to add color. I was able to validate these remaining pages as "transitional" HTML 4.0. [ Loose HTML 4.0 Checked! Test me! ] [Note 08Aug01: I have now validated most of the pages on this site with a second HTML validator, from Web Design Group, so that this site is double validated.] I also subject the entire website to my own further standards of normation (see, e.g., Perl script: titles.pl). I think I can with some warrant apply to this website the old Revox tape recorder company advertising slogan:

It's built like a brick shipyard

Please see my web design criteria page, for more thoughts about how to make HTML pages that both conform to standards and also are attractive.

Note: the graphics on this website definitely are not professional quality. I have cobbled them together with primitive means. I ask you to judge them accordingly, and try to see what these pages are trying to be if I could devote my prime time to working on them and bring appropriate resources to bear.

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[ Go to Curta mechanical calculator page! ]
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What is the purpose, use and value of this website?
Learn some of my criteria for good web design.
Read document announcing HTML 3.2.

Learn how my Gateway 2000 computer handled the "Y2k" date rollover.
See how this website's home page looked in 1997.
What's new on this website?
Go to website Table of Contents.
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