Frequently Asked Questions
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Doesn't it? Sorry - we didn't know. We've tested these pages on PC's with Microsoft IE5.0 and 4.01, Opera 3.6, Opera 4.02, Opera 5.00, Star Office 5.1, Lynx 2.8.3, Netscape Navigator 4.6 and 4.7 and even Mosaic 3.0. We have had the site checked on various Apple Macs. We haven't tested it on any other systems. If there are any problems, please tell us. Not about the national economy, though: we already know about that.
There are several answers to that question. Here are some of them:
Websites are written in a language called HTML. This (at least in its more recent incarnations) is intended to set out the structure of a document for display in many ways - not just for a computer. For example, there are web browsers being built into telephones, and a version of web browsing for television. These cannot display sophisticated or high-resolution graphics - but they can (more or less) display standard HTML. That's it's purpose - to be a universal document description. If the site does not depend on its graphics for navigation, then anyone can use it.
Blind people (amongst others) use the internet via a speech browser. These can't show pictures. Therefore a site needs to be able to work without pictures, as well as with them. The same applies to other people with special needs.
It's a question of speed. Most internet users still don't have access at better than 56 kbps. Many don't even get that (I don't!). Less graphics means it all goes much faster.
Large pictures, extensive graphical elements, frames and excessive use of tables drive some people mad. The site designer is one of those who gets driven crazy.
A large and (in!)famous attempt to set up a web fashion presence collapsed recently in a pile of scorn and other ordure. The reason it didn't work was the ridiculous use of graphics (and everything else they could lay their hands on). We like to learn from other's mistakes.
It's a matter of taste.
Well, they have their uses. As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words. A glance at a picture can sometimes convey a great deal in a short time. It's a good thing, really, because on the Internet a picture usually is also at least as big as a thousand words! So overall we have used graphics extensively only where they serve a clear purpose, or make it prettier. Usually you have the option to open them in a separate window, so you can take them or leave them.
When we have something new available to put up, which will be as often as is feasible. We're aiming to have a new piece at least every other week.
Ah, yes, sorry about that. We carefully put a 'translate' link on all the pages which goes to AltaVista Babelfish. We weren't expecting complete accuracy, of course! But we forgot to check how "Ah! I See!" came out in translation. It translates as either "Amperehour! That I see!" or, with a more piquant flavor, "Ampere hour meter! I see you!". Whilst being quite interesting, and serving as harmless amusement for any readers, it had to go. Babelfish will avoid translating words with a dot in front like this - ".Ah! .I .See!" - but this looks odd. One way to deal with this is to make the dot the same color as the background, but some search engines regard this as spamdexing, so the alternate possibility, contracting Ah! I See! to AhISee! - which isn't translated - has generally been adopted. The same-color dot is used in places, and if you are using a text browser then the punctuation will appear odd.
Well, oddly enough, we're working on an answer to those questions. Keep checking back. We'll keep you posted.
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