About this web site

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In the summer of '97 I have made the first attempt of a homepage using my ascii-to-html converter.

But that was inconvinient to maintain, so I tried Netscape's Composer. The first drafts were successful, but it is always in the detail: table could not be centered the way I wanted or embedded into lists. The worst thing to me was the resulting html-source: lots of unnecessary tags and also the tags were mixed up in a bad manner.

After this experience, I know why some web sites look better with the one or the other browser: the authors rely too much on their tools without further control with different browsers. A Microsoft tool is optimized for Explorer and Netscape's Composer for the Communicator ..

So I create my files manually with the help of the following tools and a html discription. I use the Composer only for creating a skelton to start with because then it does a good job.

You might think that is too complicated, but I think at the moment it is worth it.

These are the tools I use to maintain my web site

My OS/2 text editor for the sources. It is also available for DOS resp. Windoze (in the DOS box).


FTE Text Editor
Maybe not as good as Emacs but faster and easier to configure to my Turbo-Pascal hotkeys. And it is available for all important platforms: DOS, X11, OS/2.


To create uniform header and footer sections on each page resp. for easier use of some html tags. Besides it warns me if I use special characters (e. g. german umlauts) in a non-conforming manner:
ä is a german a-umlaut and correctly html code looks like this: ä


gnu make
Originally a programming tool. Creates automagically html files when the sources have changed. A new commen header forces the generation of all according html files.
An archive with precompiled binaries for MS-DOS, OS/2, Linux and more is available for example at LEO in munich.


A syntax-checker to control the html strcture.
caution: requires PERL5.


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