1 August 2004

Style guide

This is an explanation of the formatting styles used on this site. Updates will be made as I formalize the different aspects of layout and style.

Currently supported browsers: IE 6, Firefox 2.0, Opera 8.50


The general rule is that any content I post is frozen. The only changes that will be made are as follows:

  • Grammatical and stylistic edits - I will allow myself to look like and idiot for my opinions, but not for my grammar.
  • Early additions - Within a day or so, I may supplement the information with additional facts I had intended to include or external links that I could not initially find.
  • Keywords - At any time, I may refine the keyword list (see to the right and below) to more appropriately fit the content.
  • Significant updates - Anything else will have a distinctly different formatting as described below.


All content is copyrighted 2003-2006 by Scott D. Strader unless otherwise noted. Any external material, either linked or quoted or copied, is included under the principle of fair use. If the owner of the original content has any question about its inclusion here, please contact me for removal if necessary. Any names referenced are not intended to cause distress to the individual mentioned. I will discreetly comply with any reasonable request for removal.

The above guidelines also hold for comments posted by third parties. I also reserve the right to edit or delete any comments beyond the bounds of sanity, unless they're really really funny.


Links will appear one way as Normal Links and slightly different as Visited Links. Both are the same when hovering.

Boxed styles

Inline quotes, such as Pynchon's A screaming comes across the sky, have a distinct color to distinguish them from "air quotes" that have no real citation. Block quotes use the same color and are one of the three "boxed" styles.

A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now. It is too late. The Evacuation still proceeds, but it's all theatre. There are no lights inside the cars. No lights anywhere. Above him lift girders as old as an iron queen, and glass somewhere far above that would let the light of day through. He's afraid of the way the glass will fall--soon--it will be a spectacle: the fall of a crystal palace. But coming down in total blackout, without one glint of light, only great invisible crashing.

The second boxed style is for programming code or abstract data of any sort.

/* C compiler

Copyright 1972 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. 


ossiz 250;
ospace() {}	/* fake */

init(s, t)
char s[]; {
	extern lookup, symbuf, namsiz;
	char symbuf[], sp[];
	int np[], i;

	i = namsiz;
	sp = symbuf;
		if ((*sp++ = *s++)=='\0') --s;
	np = lookup();
	*np++ = 1;
	*np = t;

The third boxed style is for any significant updates added after the entry has been published.

The C code quoted above is from one of the first C compilers written in 1972 by Dennis M. Ritchie. The full source is provided on Ritchie's site.


Some entries will have a Keywords block listing the subjects contained within the entry. Each item in the keyword list links to a site search for other entries referencing that subject.

[ posted by sstrader on 1 August 2004 at 6:59:17 PM in Misc ]