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This page is for those of you who are interested in the technical aspects of a web site such as writing the HTML code, browser compatibility, etc. Maybe you wonder why something looks strange to you on your browser. You might find the answer here.

This current version of my site makes extensive use of style sheets. This allows me to make overall changes in appearance to my site by simply editing a style sheet instead of changing the HTML coding on each page. For example, the top row of many of my data tables has a green background. Should I decide to change this to red, all I need do is make a change in my style sheet, changing the color for the class I call .toprow from green to red. That immediately changes the color on the 20-30 pages that use such tables without doing any editing at all to the individual pages.

Should you be using an older browser that doesn't support style sheets, you can still see all of the info on my site, but without the different font types, font colors, table background colors, etc. that are controlled by the style sheet. Instead these things will be controlled by your browser defaults. Most if not all modern browsers now support style sheets. So unless you use an ancient or very non-standard browser, the site should appear as I intended. I can't say for sure since I use strictly Internet Explorer here, now the latest version 11.

To see the site exactly as I intend it to be seen, you should be using a screen resolution of 1600 X 900 with at least High Color (16bit).

I use the free HTML editor HTML-Kit for editing my web site. I have tried other editors over the years, but find HTML-Kit the best of the bunch and I have stuck with it. Another good one, although lacking some things that HTML-Kit has, is Komodo Edit. I have it as a backup in case something should happen to HTML-Kit. To upload pages to my web sites, I use FileZilla, a freeware FTP client. As with HTML-Kit, I have tried other FTP programs over the years, but found FileZilla the easiest to use.

A final note on the counter. Rather than have an automatically updated counter, I prefer to manually update my counter with stats gathered from the stats service to which I subscribe, StatCounter. I think this provides the most accurate representation of the number of visits I get, and I believe strongly in being accurate. For example, I have a cookie set on my browser that tells StatCounter not to count hits that would be caused by my visits.