For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.
Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!
I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
One mans pleasure is another mans poison
Taking a few minutes break between tasks "j" and "k" for today, I visited a web page designed by its author to be the "worst in the world". In my opinion, the author had failed in his attempt; I have seen worse. And I wouldn't agree with some aspects of his reasoning either.
Our website uses a white base. It's there, specified "white" in the style sheets and / or HTML tags. The "worst in the world" page used a white base too. It was stated as being so boring that web authors should always be able to do better ... and we were treated to pages that had a black base and (of all things) a base of AOL logos if we explored his other pages.
Perhaps these patterned bases are good for some pages that they were used on but I do have to say ... I prefer a base to BE a base - not a distracting layer on which I can lay all the exciting things on offer on my site. Perhaps the use of a strong colour or texture indicates that the author feels that his content is shallow?
The "worst in the world" page included a rambling sentence about Mary' dog. And a picture of Mary's dog, who was a sweet looking hound ... the owner of the page commented that this content shouldn't have been there as obviously no-one was interested in the animal. Wrong, dear critic - it's my view that Mary was interested enough in the beast to go to the trouble of publishing a piece about him. (written 2005-07-26, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesW512 - Web and Intranet - Site Design Aspects 
A fortunate accident - (2005-02-27) 
Putting a form online - (2005-03-29) 
Colour blindness for web developers - (2005-04-22) 
Accommodation and landing pages - (2005-05-21) 
Spotting a denial of service attack - (2005-06-12) 
Improved mining techniques! - (2005-06-19) 
Dynamic Web presence - next generation web site - (2005-11-29) 
Colour doesn't have to mean colourful - (2006-01-06) 
Denial of Service ''attack'' - (2006-03-17) 
Protecting images from theft - (2006-05-12) 
Remember a site's non-technical issues too - (2006-07-07) 
An excellent use for a visitor count? - (2006-08-05) 
Put the answer in context - it may be printed - (2006-09-08) 
Databases needn't be frightening, hard or expensive - (2006-11-08) 
Search engine placement - long term strategy and success - (2006-12-30) 
Maintainable code - some positive advice - (2007-01-21) 
UK legal requirements for your commercial web site - (2007-01-27) 
Mood shots - (2007-09-16) 
Every link has two ends - fixing 404s at the recipient - (2008-04-02) 
Global Index to help you find resources - (2009-06-01) 
Tags used in writing this blog - (2011-11-12) 
How big is a web page these days? Does the size of your pages matter? - (2011-12-26) 
Promoting a single one of your domains on the search engines - (2012-01-22)
Some other Articles
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