About This Site
This is the personal home page of Richard Gunn.
Why was this site created?
For several reasons, really. I wanted my own little corner of the internet (to stake out my own territory, if you like) and I wanted to gain experience in XHTML and CSS2. Also, in the past, I have spent a lot of time on forums expressing opinions and discussing various exotic subjects. But, over time, I've come to realise that those discussions get buried by newer threads and eventually get lost, deep within the forum database. I then find myself revisiting the same subjects and expressing the same opinions to different people. So, I decided that I needed to put my thoughts in one place, for easy reference.
I decided against a blog because I feel that you generate a pressure on yourself to regularly update it and I think that dilutes the quality of the content. In other words, I feel blogs encourage a rambling style of dialogue and I want a more static and precise medium for my material.
Where did the site name come from?
My ISP used to be World Online (now merged with Tiscali) and my alias with them is Deckard - (Harrison Ford's character in the film Blade Runner) - they gave me a web-space with my subscription and the url was auto-generated from my alias and their domain name. So I decided to call the site that. Boring but true.
I think it's about time I got my own domain name. :)
What about the title picture?
It's an area in the Peak District, here in the UK, near a place called Stanage Edge. I took the picture in mid-October 2007, at about 10.00am - I loved the way autumn colours blended with the morning mist in the valley and thought it would be perfect as a title graphic.
What about browser compatibility and web standards?
I make every effort to follow web standards and ensure that my website is compatible with as many browsers as possible - this isn't always easy when some providers of browsers don't follow the standards (i.e. Microsoft).
You can click on the Valid XHTML link at the bottom of each page to verify that it is standards compliant.
I have tested the site using with the following browsers and operating systems:
Linux (Ubuntu 8.10 with Gnome)
Firefox 3.0.5 (Gecko)
Konqueror 4.2.0 (KHTML)
Midori 0.1.1 (Webkit)
Opera 9.52 (Presto)
Sea Monkey 1.1.3 (Gecko)
Windows XP (Home Edition)
Firefox 2.0.20 (Gecko)
Google Chrome 188.8.131.52 (Webkit)
IE 7.0.5730.11 (Trident)
Safari 3.0.3 (Webkit)
If you are using Internet Explorer, I really do recommend trying a different browser - personally, I use Firefox for browsing and web development, but Opera, Safari and Google Chrome are all very good browsers (but less popular than Firefox).
What tools did you use to create this site?
See my Site Tools page.