What's with the '90s Web site?
I've had many people complain that I should update the look of this Web site; it looks like a relic from a few decades ago. Point taken. Here are a few of my reasons, some more defensible than others.
- I assume that most of my visitors come looking for information, not glitz.
- The Web was originally designed to be read, not watched. I still believe in that original goal.
- Simply written Web sites load and display quickly on a wide variety of browsers.
- I put in a lot of links. That's because there are so many connections between ideas.
- HTML is the language the Web uses for describing Web pages, designed to show the content and structure of a document but not its presentation. Presentation, in theory, is up to users and their browsers. These days HTML is rarely used as intended, circumventing that and forcing a particular presentation; I'd rather leave it to you and your chosen browser. This is especially important for those with accessibility issues.
- I learned HTML while still a software engineer and still like programming in it. But I've never gotten too far into CSS, the language the Web uses for presentation hints.
- I designed this site awhile ago when my business was starting, and I'd rather focus on my work with students than flashy Web design.
- That weird design on the left? That's a
proof without wordsthat the sum of the angle measures in a triangle is 180°. Keep looking until you see it.
- I'm a little bit ornery.
If you're not a fan of my old-school
design, I hope you're mildly amused or that at least you can forgive me.