Site Status as of 2014/05/12

Site Standards

This site uses HTML5 and CSS via Dreamweaver (definitely improved in its latest incarnation).

2014/04/30

Updated site from XHTML to HTML5 with the objective to make it easer to change the CSS layout at a later date. Secondary aim was to add two photo albums

  • many paths where updated, thus obsoleting current search engine paths
  • Added nav, header. section, and footer markup to templates
  • Added common footer across all pages except home
  • Removed all absolute positioning from the site
  • Added pull down menus using CSS only in the page header Nav bar
  • Replaced all inline horiz menus (prev, next, etc) with float horiz menus
  • Simplified HTML/CSS by eliminating unnecessary html code
  • Implemented better but not perfect CSS throughout
  • Moved Philippines 77-78 photo gallery to "Visuals"
  • Added two Lightroom albums to "Visuals"
  • removed "Your Money/Poker"
  • removed "About Us/Home pictures"
  • removed "Visuals/Maya Notebook" due to age but kept Maya photon illumination tables
  • Using GoogleTagmanager for Analytics
  • Using html5shiv.js for IE7 and IE8.

An old site in look, but then the site continues to be a vehicle for keeping current on HTML and CSS.

Decisions, decisions circa 2014

  • Should we use skip nav's - no. Obsolete in future given the NAV tag.
  • Use WIA-Aria accessibility standards? Yes (very limited use for banner and NAV).
  • Use RDFa or RDFa lite? No.
  • Use microformats? No. No clear leader emerging, not applicable to this site.
  • Use microdata? In theory, not in practice.
  • Use schema.org? In theory, definitely yes, not in practice. Search Engine payoff.
  • You get the idea - its too early to settle on micro this or that

2008/01/09

Added new "Interests/Your Money" section.

  • Tried to write cleaner XHTML/CSS code
  • IE7 refuses to implement CSS correctly.
  • Still using structural work arounds for IE7 problems.
  • Firefox 2.0 - I love you.

2005/12/17

Site update has been completed, i.e., pages updated for XHTML/CSS as opposed to table layout. In addition some content was deleted.

Every effort was made to maintain current search engine references.

Deletions:

  • Visuals/3D Hitchcock
  • Visuals/3DEM
  • About/Resume and cover letter
  • Interests/Books
  • Interests/Day Trading

Developer's Ojectives:

  • Create CSS text navbar and photoNavbars
  • Create CSS text crumbs (manual - no server side or javascript)
  • Remove tables in favor off CSS style layouts (there are only 2 tables in the site)
  • Validate pages to XHTML 1.1 Traditional
  • Use relative positioning throughout most of the site
  • Use absolute positioning where needed (hiking pages).
  • Learn CSS and Dreamweaver workflow