Glenn Vanderburg

: Colophon

This site was mostly built using hand-crafted XHTML and CSS. I must acknowledge that I began with some style ideas from James Duncan Davidson, but I've changed colors, dimensions, fonts, and numerous other details. (Besides, the odds are good that, by the time you read this, James will have changed his site once again and you won't see any resemblance. I wonder if he does that because those with weaker design skills keep copying his ideas? He denies it, but I'm not so sure.)

Incidentally: because of font availability, these pages look best if you're running Mac OS X.

The blog is handled by the excellent Rublog software, by Dave Thomas. I've modified it slightly for my purposes. It's always a delight to dig into and hack on Ruby code, especially that written by Dave.

The email address on the contact page is hidden from the spammers' address harvesters by Hiveware's Enkoder—a terrific free service. I'm not sure why I bother, because my email address is on the web in dozens of places I don't control … but I'll work on the assumption that every little bit helps.

Reorganizing your site is no reason for links to break. Although nearly everything is in a different place, all of my old pages that still exist should continue to be accessible via the old URLs. I don't know about other web servers, but Apache makes that easy. I used a total of seven Redirect directives and two RedirectMatch directive to do the trick. And you don't have to have access to your web server's config files; your web host can allow you to maintain redirects yourself, in a file called .htaccess that sits alongside your web pages. Read a little, and keep those old links alive! (On the other hand, there comes a time when pages should die. I have chosen to delete some pages that used to be here, but those links are broken because the pages are gone, not moved.)

For the first time, I've chosen to simply run with modern web standards, ignoring problems with formatting these pages on older browsers. At some point you just have to move on. This site looks great in modern (that is, 2003-era) versions of Safari, Mozilla (and therefore Netscape), and Firefox. Internet Explorer on Windows doesn't seem to understand <q> tags at all, and IE on the Mac mostly handles them correctly, but has some weird difficulties with them in right-aligned paragraphs. In older browsers, these pages may look very strange indeed (but they should be at least readable). C'est la vie, I'm afraid. The payoff is that the site will probably look passable on small-screened devices like PDAs, because the contemporary standards were designed for adaptable formatting.

The license declaration at the bottom of most pages here applies to the content … but what about the implementation—the style and layout, or the HTML and CSS that make it happen? I asked James Davidson if he minded that I used his style as a starting point, and then felt a little ridiculous. I realized that I was proving this point—even though he had given me the right to use his design, I felt the need to ask. So I'll make it explicit: although the content is licensed under the Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 license, the style can be used under the Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license. (First taker: Dave.)