Frequently Asked Questions

How does your presentation differ from other sites?

Some sites (actually, most) present their works in ways which I, personally, find annoying: they use coloured backgrounds, the pages are festooned with images, sidebars and other extraneous material, they use ugly fonts, too small fonts, etc. And they rarely make use of additional coding to make the texts more readable. Some sites don’t use HTML at all, and expect you to read PDF. That’s OK for printing, but I find PDF too blurry for extended reading on screen.

Many sites either present the whole work as a single file (making it too large for comfort), or they split the work into many small pieces, making it tedious to get the whole work. This matters if you are on a slow-ish modem connection.

The principle features of works in this collection are:

  • works are presented as HTML files, thereby making them accessible to anyone with a web browser;
  • works are formatted for ease of reading on screen, using style sheets — lines are justified, with extra spacing between lines (this doesn’t work on all browsers);
  • if selected from our Author pages, works will open in a separate window which has been sized to an optimal width for reading (just like a book);
  • the reader is not constrained: you may choose the font and type-size most comfortable for you;
  • the works are unencumbered by advertising or other extraneous material;
  • each work may be easily downloaded in its entirety for reading off-line (requires WinZIP or similar).

In addition, additional effort is put into the following to further enhance appearance and usability:

  • plain text (ASCII) quotes are converted to “curly” quotes;
  • quotations and verse are identified (usually by indentation);
  • footnotes are generally placed adjacent to the text referring to them, within a box (in supporting browsers).
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