Anyone who cares about how all this was made, read on. You may also want to check below if you are encountering problems when viewing this site in your web browser.
This site is now compliant to XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS level 2! Each page was checked using the W3C's Markup Validation Service and CSS Validator to make sure—click the buttons at the bottom of each page (like those directly below) to check for yourself!
This web site was originally made almost entirely with Emacs 21.1.1 for the text and HTML bits (to slightly misquote the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork:
Learn the codes! :P) and The GIMP 1.2.3 for the graphics, on a built-from-cheap-parts PC that ran SuSE Linux 8.1.
Since early 2005, it has been maintained and updated with Emacs 188.8.131.52 and The GIMP 2.2.3 on an iMac G5 running OS X 10.3.8.
The site should work properly with whatever screen resolution you're using—none of that annoying corporate
780 pixels wide because otherwise the layout gets messed up stuff here; I've got a 1440×900 resolution and I would like to get some advantages out of it if you don't mind, Mr. hot-shot web designer! Sorry, getting carried away there... ;)
Anyway, this site has been tested with a variety of browsers, and was found to work well enough with:
which means later versions than those should give no trouble at all, either. On the other hand, the following browsers are known to give more or less serious problems:
specialcharacters, displaying their codes instead (— instead of an em dash, for instance). Put together, this makes the site hard to use; basically, if you still use Netscape 4.8, upgrade now :)
If you are using a different web browser than those listed above and you suspect it's giving you trouble viewing these pages in a way that's not documented above yet, it would be appreciated if you could send an e-mail to <email@example.com> to explain what's wrong.
The sand-coloured background (behind this text) is a section of the paint job on the glacis armour of the Iraqi T-55 Enigma MBT at Bovington Tank Museum, while the olive drab bars at the top and right side of the page were made from a cut-out from the camouflage of a Czech OT-810 APC at the Imperial War Museum Duxford; each of these images was made tileable to present a seamless graphic on the page. Both museums are well worth a visit if you find yourself in England, by the way.
Many of the icons were found in the Crystal and HiColor icon sets for KDE, while the others came from GNOME. If you run Linux, you can probably find them in /opt/kde3/share/icons/ and in /opt/gnome2/share/pixmaps/, respectively. Some of the icons were slightly modified to adapt them to this page.
The principal requirement for the net.books is, obviously, photographs. For the most part, these were taken with a Fujifilm Finepix 6900Zoom digital camera of 2001 vintage, and/or an Asahi Pentax SV 35-mm SLR camera from the late 1960s; those from the latter were digitised with a Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 3400 flat-bed colour scanner.
The computer-generated illustrations were made with POV-Ray 3.5, using KPovModeler 0.20 and, later, 1.0 as a front-end to more easily generate the required data files for it.
The layout was then created in QuarkXPress 4.1 for Windows, which was also used to write the captions for the photos and, in some cases, the full text of the net.book. For other books, the main text was written in Emacs. From QuarkXPress, the documents were printed to a Postscript files that were then turned into PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Distiller 3.01. The resulting PDFs were edited with Adobe Acrobat Exchange 3.0 to add in hyperlinks and get other minor details right for display—most of this under Microsoft Windows 98SE (mainly due to a lack of suitable Linux software for many of these jobs).