WWW Stuff

The WWW (World Wide Web) has mushroomed from a niche area to the global community of today. Almost everyone who has heard of a computer has heard of (and most likely, used) the WWW. However, the easy access of information to everyone has often been hijacked by companies wishing to exploit the web for their own ends.

Although the protocols (mainly HTTP) and languages (mainly HTML, although XML is emerging as the web-based language of the future) are clearly defined in various documents and standards, certain large monopolistic software vendors (I wonder who?) have chosen to ignore or bend the rules. This has led to pages with signs like "best viewed with Internet Explorer" etc. A properly written web page (and, by inference, site) should work perfectly adequately on any browser, even a text based (or audio based) browser at any resolution.

In the spirit of practicing what I preach, this entire site should work fine with Netscape, Mozilla, IE, lynx or any other browser you care to use. However, owing to the difficulties, some layouts may be presented in a strange way under lynx (eg, I use tables to present the layout in graphical browsers which lynx doesn't handle properly). If, however, you find a page which causes you problems in your browser, please feel free to let me know.

Web links

  • W3C, the body which governs HTML and related languages. There site includes an online HTML validator.
  • The web standards project, an organisation who try to persuade software manufacturers and web designers to produce standards-conforming software and web pages.
  • ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association), a voluntary standard for rating web pages based on language, images and other factors. This site uses this ratings system and doesn't use anything too controversial so shouldn't be filtered.

File last modified: Saturday, 06-Mar-2004 14:12:10 GMT