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Compatibility and technical details of this site

This site was built by Alastair Ainslie - please get in touch if you need a new website, or have an existing one that needs revamping or extending.


Valid XHTML 1.0!

This site has been designed to be compatible with as many browsers as possible. To that end most pages have been validated as XHTML v1.0 Strict, the main exceptions being those pages generated automatically and a few old pages which are waiting to be converted. Particular care has been taken to make sure that pages degrade gracefully in browsers that don't support CSS, Javascript or have images turned off. For instance the navigation bar uses no Javascript to change states, it's all done in CSS/HTML (and I'm quite proud of it :-) ). I can't test every browser in existence though and would welcome comments from users of browsers that have problems with this site. By the time you read this, the site should have been tested in IE 5 (Win98), the latest IE 6SP2 (WinXP), Netscape 6 (Win98), Netscape 7 (WinXP), Opera 7.23 (WinXP), Mozilla 1.6b (WinXP) and a couple of browsers on Mandrake Linux and Macs.

Technical details

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This site is hosted on Windows 2003 Server running IIS 6.0 at www.openhosting.co.uk's data centre in London's Docklands. I wrote the HTML using Editplus and I created the graphics in Macromedia Fireworks MX and JASC Paintshop Pro. I have access to other programs such as Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX, but I'm a strong believer in keeping the glitzy bits to a minimum. This medium is all about conveying information to the widest audience, as efficiently as possible. Tools like Flash can help that process of communication, but usually it gets in the way. The fact that my phone exchange hasn't been xDSL-enabled yet is a constant reminder to keep pages lightweight!