The worldwide web, and all websites, including this one, are a work in progress. Experts in fields other than mine will recognise the issues at stake behind my emerging rules. If my notes or code (right click) help, you are free to copy and play with, but do not copy for anything mission critical to yourself.
[Added 8.6.2014 Honolulu time:I am disabling right click on editorial pages to defend my emerging commercial interests. I found the following url helpful.
My provision of the preceding url is not an endorsement of the url or its content, simply something I found helpful in the context of what I am learning, and what I know, and have access to via services and bits and bytes I pay for. My local library as of 10th June, 2014 BST uses server settings, or some other mechanism, having nothing to do with access to my file manager, to override the right click option. I oppose that action. As publisher, builder and controller of the website space I created, coded, pay for and am legally responsbible for, I think the choice of which urls use the disable right click option should be mine. I view this principle as equivalent to freedom of speech. When I have time I will turn all the code I have created on this website, minus editorial content for which copyright exists, into a pdf for free download via my new eCommerce website in development. That way the principle of the internet can be maintained. In the meantime I have done nothing via my ownership and control of the urls associated with my domain names to prevent the right click on urls not carrying editorial content intended for profit, revenue and income. HG]
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1. Always use the word percent, not the symbol. Use percent as one word.
2. Use the word from the preset html colors to define color, rather than the hex symbol.
Back up position: print, save as jpeg, and code image into html page.
3. Home page table box background color ffcc00.
4. Always use online as one word, irrespective of which part of speech it is.
5. Use ascii code rather than hyphen when creating a hyphen in an html document (subject to 12). Similarly, use ascii code for a question mark when making a webpage. The aim is to avoid defamation suits. Just do it!
6. Use inline css for defining the style of a link. Probably convert to inline css what already done as an internal css style.
7. Consider arial for Science, People & Politics. Figure out how to license, and who from.
8. Explore using courier new, but note the extra width it takes up.
9. Create html 4.01 pages (loose - transitional), or XHTML, and insert CSS as wanted. Validate with W3School. HG clarify if this is an energy efficiency issue, and need to ascertain compatibility with ADSL etc.. Editorial content on pages of Science, People & Politics are to be one column width, arranged at 500 word, or the equivalent of 500 words per page. Font face not yet decided. Font size not yet decided. Layout to be developed for print and online compatibility, taking account of screen of varied width. Uniformity of page referencing needed across formats for the magazine, which, in print, as of now, is being conceptualised as A4. We are now aiming to lock in the title Science, People & Politics (issn 1751-598x) as a humanities quarterly, and by using layout, font face and size etc...
10. Until font face licensing is clarified do not specify a particular font face for any product one has clarified how to sell, once that stage is reached.
11. Use style="font-size:28px;line-height:1.2;" for main body text. NOTE CHANGE.
12. Clarify whether w3 school html preset colors are preset by international agreement, or could be changed at core level, ie if I direct retrieval from registry might something else at a future date be in that location. Clarify whether there are any significant competition law issues at stake, and -- worse still -- are there any potential anti-trust problems looming?
The preset colors, according to w3, are:aqua, black, blue, fuchsia(magenta), gray, green, lime, maroon, navy, olive, orange, purple, red, silver,
teal, white, yellow.
13. Remember the five escape characters.
14. Place font info. for a link, eg size, color or font face, inside the anchor/link tags, if coding pages in that way, ie within html 4.01 transitional (loose). To make the underline go away use <p align="position" style="text-decoration:none;">. Apostrophes to be inside the angled brackets.
14) a. In the coding use the escape coding for angled brackets, not the angled bracket selected from the keyboard, and not ascii. Look them up. Position with respect to the p tag is left, right or center, using American not British English spelling of center. Never omit the opening and closing apostrophes. If you do not use the escape characters for & # l t ; (closed up) for the angled bracket opening a tag, everything subsequently, or on a line will vanish from the screen. However that does not seem to apply when there are two angled brackets, eg << Observation 27th September, 2013.
15. Place p tag outside the opening and closing hyper link and anchor tags.
16. HG count open and closing font tags on basis that defaults may well be font size 3 and font color black. 11th May, 2013.
17. No clue which default font face the browsers/search engines are using, and no idea whether they have the relevant licencing agreements in place for their use of font faces. Clarify.
18. If math cannot be copyrighted (whether part of current known maths, or as yet unknown maths) on the grounds that maths is representationally part of the Common Wealth within the existing Universe which was, is and, foreseeably, will be created externally to human endeavour, then where does the boundary lie which tips a piece of math to the place where the analogy is not birthright, but rather novel functionality, or novel use, and thus the correct legal framework would be patents not copyright. That is, how likely is it that one could get walloped by an IP lawsuit from MIT if one is simply blundering about trying to get things to work with the tools to hand, basing one's choices on observation. HG decide whether literature review needed, identify relevant literature, essential interviewees, and review. Item 18 arises following a fascinating conversation I had with Patrick Cantrill from Walker Morris in Leeds on 26th April, 2013, and it attempts to report his insight of maths and copyright. Remember that without the created poem there can be no translation. Any misunderstanding is wholly my own.
19. Use utf-8 character encoding.
20. Use id not name as the anchor tag, and do not start the id identification with a number. HG to clarify the technical and programming reasons why not. Note that the w3 validator can miss the existence of an anchor tag inadvertently left in the text. So check. HG to clarify whether marooned anchor tags in text are a significant IT problem or not. They can be a significant editorial and defamation issue. Better safe than sorry.
21. Do not separate acronyms with full stops (points). Capitalize proper nouns such as NASA or UN, keep phrases such as seo, meaning search-engine optimization as lower case, ie, seo.
21a. Spell out the phrase in full in first use in any article, and place the acronym in brackets immediately after first use of the phrase. Do not assume any phrase, no matter how well known to you as author, is known to your reader. For example, the digital subscriber line (dsl) is being upgraded.
21b. Always spell our for example, and spell it out in English, not in Latin.
22. Keep pix on any page to a minimum, or link to them on a separate page. Using Jpegs of A4 size pages, on which a number of images are placed, is a useful interim option. Clarify what the colloquial language of font embedded means when companies selling PDFs specify PDFs must be submitted as PDFs. Note to self: when working with PDFs commercially be certain to be working with a licensed, paid for version of a PDF creator, even if the actual PDF is not for sale, but is simply within an emerging business and commercial eCommerce/or print commerce setting.
23. Pixel width to be determined. Alteration made 22nd October, 2013.
24. Insert search box on all pages at some stage.
25. Unresolved issue, whether to use header tags, or to confine design to css, or font size 1 to 6.
26. In a long list of items separated by commas, make sure a space follows the comma, otherwise in Google Chrome the unseparated list could exceed the design width, if designing with tables, as I do.
27. Italicise Latin words or phrases such as pro rata or per diem, op cit. Only use ibid in footnotes or end notes. Do not italicise ibid. Italicise the titles of publications using the code, cite, within angled brackets, rather than the i tag.
28. Use lower case throughout for tags, hex codes etc... I will tell you why later, when my own understanding is deeper.
29. Consider house style as a trade secret, and interpret this evolving
open-access house style as you would a competitor's trade secret.
30. While the page is offline, and before transferring to the online server, check links work and connect to the stated destination.
31. Use live links sparingly, and preferably not at all within an article. Instead give the url, and place in brackets the date accessed prior to publication. Make sure, as close to publication as possible, that the link, even if it is not live, is to the destination intended
32. Do not include the option to open a link in a new window from a link coded in URLs built and managed by GavaghanCommunications without specific instructions to do so.
33. Use website as one word for editorial published on urls created for websites registered to Helen Gavaghan of 165 Longfellow Court, HX7 5LG.
34. Spell out United States in full, but use the acronym UK for United Kingdom. The principle at stake is whether there is a word in one of the main forms of the English language, such as British or American English, which could lead to automated technology, or a typesetting error, confusing whether it is the word or acronym which is intended.
35. Use American spelling of the word - center - when coding, but the British English spelling, as in - centre - for editorial published on urls in websites registered to Helen Gavaghan of 165 Longfellow Court, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5LG.
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