W3C Standards Compliance Notes

My World Wide Web presence has evolved considerably since the fall of 1996 when I began teaching myself how to create a Web site. My first Web efforts became known as the David M. Lawrence BORING home page! I launched fuzzo.com in 1998 and over the years moved all my personal Web pages to that domain.

In August 2004 I began upgrading fuzzo.com to make it compliant with W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) HTML (hypertext markup language) and CSS (cascading style sheets) standards. Most of the site has been upgraded to at least meet the W3C HTML 4.01 Transitional standard. CSS are now being used to handle most of the design and layout tasks formerly controlled by old-fashioned table, frame and font declarations.

This upgrade means, of course, that some things will not look the way it is supposed to in non-compliant browsers -- such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which is especially notorious for the ways in which it mangles CSS. The more recent versions of my old favorite Netscape Navigator (which is created by Mozilla.org), as well as Mozilla itself, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera are much better at complying with current standards. With the exception of Netscape (which is almost a twin of Mozilla), I test my revised pages on all of the above. Apple's Safari is not available for PC-platforms, therefore I have no way of testing the pages with that browser.

So far, I have upgraded:

  1. the core fuzzo.com content (including the Spam FAQ);
  2. the Upheaval from the Abyss section;
  3. the Fishwrap Archive;
  4. the original David M. Lawrence BORING home page!
    and affiliated content;
  5. the Lawrence-Sinclair genealogy pages;
  6. most of the Dave's travels section.

As of 10 December 2004 -- in the Dave's travels section -- all but portions the Travels in Indonesia section have been validated. I am making major changes to that site, and will clean up the code as I go. The main portion of the Indonesia section, as well as the Bali, Java and New Guinea sections, have been updated and validated. I have a lot of work to do on the Borneo, Lombok, Sulawesi and Sumbawa sections.

I made the most extensive changes to the David M. Lawrence BORING home page! site. I dropped the old-fashioned frame design. Frames are antiquated and a bit of a pain, but the new CSS-structured version does not work quite as intended in older browsers (such as Netscape 4.x and Internet Explorer 4.x), or even in more recent browsers such as Internet Explorer 6.x).

For example, the David M. Lawrence BORING home page! site is designed so that the navigation bar on the left remains stationary, while the main content scrolls as necessary. It does so in Mozilla Firefox 9.3, Mozilla 1.4, and in Opera 7.54, but the entire page scrolls in Internet Explorer 6.0.