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Web Work & Designs

I've been doing web design and work since 1999, but it wasn't until a ten years later that I discovered the wonder of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). It is quite easy, with a basic knowledge of HTML, to design amazingly cool web sites using CSS.

I also have become interested in making my sites XHTML Compliant, this is the cutting edge of coding for the web. Combined with CSS it is possibly the best coding style around. Unfortunately, it is not fully compliant with older browsers and operating systems, but since this is my personal site I can say, "Update your software." There is no excuse for not having an up-to-date web browser, you can find them for free all over the web.

In the past year (give or take) I started to teach myself PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor - the anagram is a pun that's only funny to coding monkeys), which is a very robust coding language that uses the power of your processor and web browser to make cool things happen. An obvious example would be the ability to tell you that today's date is Friday the 15th of December, 2017. A less obvious example would be the navigation menus on this page. PHP allows me to store that information in one place and with a single line of code to use it over and over on my pages. But those two examples barely scratch the surface of what PHP can actually do.

My goal in making this site was to make each section unique. I also tried as much as possible to hand-code each page, when I had to rely on outside help I consulted Dreamweaver and TextMate.

The CSS, on the other hand, was not done completely by hand. I used a very wonderful program called Style Master which gives you the chance to see your various tweaks instantly. I couldn't have done the cool layout things I did without it. Another invaluable resource is Stu Nichol's CSS Play web site, he knows more about what CSS can do than just about anybody.

If you're interested in my help in making your own web site, I can be hired. Contact me for more information. In the meantime, enjoy surfing this site and looking at some of my other designs -- the good, the bad, the ugly and the non-XHTML/CSS compliant.