About this site
This site was prepared as a project for the XMIT 694 Internet Technologies course, due date January 12, 2003. It represented my approach to web development and how to make information available to broader publics through the World Wide Web. It reflects eight years of discovery since I downloaded by first version of Netscape Navigator in 1995. I then used it as a warehouse for class materials, research, and other materials that I pulled together.
The site uses the following technologies and acknowledges the following credits:
- HTML5: XHTML was meant to be a reformulation of HTML to clean the slate of all the false starts of the preceding decade of internet development. When I started this site, XHMTL was just beginning to be implemented. It eventually lost out to a dissident approach, HTML5, that was more firmly backed by technology companies and pragmatists. I am in the process of converting this site to HTML5.
- Cascading Style Sheets: all formatting and layout was done using CSS, including positioning of images and the navigation menu.
Navigation system: We started with a
- Web Design Environment: this site was originally developed in Homesite. I started using it as a freeware program in 1996. The application was bought by Allaire, then taken over by Macromedia, and finally absorbed into Adobe. It was buried in 2009.
- CSS Editor: TopStyle Pro. It makes the complexities of CSS easy to handle. Originally developed by the same guy who invented HomeSite, it is currently maintained as shareware in version 5.
- Code Validation: CSE HTML Validator Pro. If I preach web standards, I have to make sure that the code works up to specifications. Current version is 14, fresh out of the beta testing.
- Graphic editor: PaintShop Pro (now owned by Corel) is an application that is a nice fit for web work because it does not carry the heavy price tag of Adobe Photoshop and less of a learning curve. I also use Adobe Photoshop because of my interest in digital photography.
- FTP Program: CuteFTP Pro is a program that I've been using since I discovered the Internet in 1995. I've noticed that the current version is buggy in Windows 7 so I may move on to another application.
When you're done writing a web page, your work is not over. You should also make sure that the page meets minimum standards of accessibility.
- See W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative and the U.S. Federal Government's Section 508 . The HTML Writers' Guild also has Aware Program and WebAIM
- A good source is Web AccessiBlog by Joe Clark who wrote a book about the whole thing.
- Testing: A-Prompt
The words “internet,” “net,” “web,” and “website” are not capitalized when they’re found in sentence-cased text. E-mail and e-commerce take the hyphen, but not a capital “e.” It is just a recognition that usage of these words has spread so they should no longer be considered proper names. I have not been consistent in the past but now I've seen the light. It will take some time to purify this site.
I am Michael L. Smith. While I was doing my graduate studies at UMUC, I worked at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. It's a public international organization, the oldest regional grouping of country states in the world. I worked in the Information Technology Division where, aside from being the token gringo, I did lots of things. My main role is a technology pathfinder—researching options and approaches, mapping out plans and putting a lot of these ideas down on paper. I transferred to the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) in mid-2005 where I was the writer, editor and web administrator.. I left the OAS in April 2013.
After completing the XMIT program, I transferred the website content first to my personal website and now to this site, where it will remain as a momento for my classmates and anyone else who might be interested. I originally foresaw rescuing content from previous modules and seminars might take longer than the time assigned for this project, but now it's clear that I have to evolve this in new directions. Stay tuned.
You can find out more about me by checking out PranaJournal.com, my personal blog where I delve into other matters.
Web hosting and related matters
Hosting is provided by MediaTemple, using an Apache web server on a Linux platform. Web traffic analysis will be provided by Google Analitics once I get it set up. I will eventually serve web ads to offset the cost of running the site.
Any comments or suggestions, please send them to Michael Smith .