Hello to the World:
Welcome to this, my first attempt
at a website. It's now mid-February 2004 and while this is taking rather longer than
I anticipated at the outset, useful content is slowly appearing here. In the
meantime I continue to amass material while working out the details of hosting what
will soon be a virtual library, a cybrary if you will.
So that as many people as possible can view this site without incident I am advised
by my web design mentor, an HTML maven who is by turns patiently holding my hand
and pugnaciously slapping my wrist, to avoid Java, Flash, various CGI scripting and
all manner ghee-gaw, gizmo and do-dad. So until I learn more, I'm pretty much taking
his advice and building this virtual place to be HTML 4.0 compliant.
That said however, some of the previously mentioned technologies now see good support
across a sufficiently wide gamut of OSs and browsers that Java in particular can
be used with some real success On that basis I'll have up and running by about mid-March
a very effective site-wide navigation and search tool. In demo mode the tool's format
can be seen here.
I am constantly dismayed by the lack of great, site navigation tools experienced
across the WWW. How many times have you visited a huge
site only to become hopelessly lost and entirely unable to get a really clear picture
of: first; a site's overall construction and second; the actual contents of its many,
many pages? The tool which is linked above allows just such navigation and from a
single page into the bargain. For those who'd like to dig a bit more deeply into
the many matters having to do with truly navigable web design, here's just one link
to what must be hundreds of such articles on the web.
In another vein, quite a few folks have asked me why this site has so many sections
seemingly unrelated to audio and the reason is simple: some time ago I made the decision
to put both my working and, to great extent, my personal lives into this work. They
being very closely intertwined any separation would have been artificial and, maybe
I have some things to say about life in general that others will find interesting,
stimulating or, despite best efforts to avoid such, outrageous . . .
Regardless, my intent here is to provide a deep, widely informative resource; one
that is well linked to other, similarly in-depth resources.
Thanks for your interest, please come back soon and often, I'll be getting more and
more of The PEARL Archive of Vacuum Technology uploaded as the months roll by.
PLEASE: Be sure to FORCE
REFRESH every page you visit.
There will be much change between now and the end of the year and you might not see
all of it unless you refresh continually.
Your browser caches web pages and images pages on your hard drive and does not always
update as often OR as well as it should. So, if you are a Mac user press the "Option"
key when selecting the "Refresh" command from your browser's menu bar.
Windows users can use the "Control" button.
Enjoy . . .
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