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About this site

What's Here

Here we have a hodge-podge of material accumulated from my 25+ years on the web. There is not a single cohesive theme. Here are some of the things you'll find:

Colophon

I taught myself to write HTML when [HTML 4.0] was new, and that became the format I used for virtually all of my writing thereafter.

[HTML 4.0]

In the summer of 2022 I discovered a much simpler and more enjoyable way to write: using a lightweight markup language called ["Gemtext"]. Not only is it easier to write, but the accompanying transport protocol is much simpler. This makes pages much faster to load, in many cases more easy to read, and less likely to become cluttered with all the things that have bloated the HTML/CSS/JavaScript web. Along the way I've discovered that there is a community of writers who are also enjoying the simplicity of this baby sibling of the web. Much of the excitement and hope that I remember from the early days of the web in the mid-1990s are now seen again among this group.

[Gemtext] via Gemini [Gemtext) on the Web

If you're reading this using a regular web browser (using HTML/HTTP) it is because I have a simple script running on the server that generates the required HTML on the fly from the Gemtext source document. I still use HTML for a few pages where it is the better choice, but almost all my HTML content has been converted to Gemtext and the old HTML versions of those pages are being phased out.

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