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Policies on Privacy, Copyright, and Accessibility, and Our Web Design Philosophy

Privacy

I respect your privacy. 

However, this site does make use of a visitor counting service in order to help me understand what my visitors' interests are and to help make the site more useful.  Unlike many commercial sites, no personal identifying information, other than your IP address and the browser you use, is collected from you by this site.

Further, there are no advertisements on this site which would collect your information or plant tracking cookies or web cookies in your browser whether you click on them or not. 

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Security

Secure connections (encrypted) are now provided to visitors through certified SSL (RapidSSL and GeoTrust) and https service.  Since we (you and I) are not transacting any commercial business and you don't have to provide any information other that what you might put in an e-mail message to me when using the Contact-me form, I suppose that this security is not even required.  But I am sure you will agree that it is nice to have.  Just keep in mind that a secure communications channel (SSL) is not a guarantee of identity

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Copyright

All of the information on these pages is free; however, my time and effort are not.  Original material on these pages is protected by a Creative Commons licence (Attribution-ShareAlike) and if you "borrow" any of this material, which you are certainly welcome to do, you should give credit where credit is due (Attribution) to «Martin Potter, Amateur Radio VE3OAT».  Thanks!  Please note that the Creative Commons licence prevents you from placing any further restriction on the use of the borrowed material (ShareAlike). 

Accessibility

This is not a policy in the true sense, but I have endeavoured to provide at least some basic accessibility features, in addition to the benefits of the Web design philosophy discussed below.  I do apologize if these minimal features are not sufficient.  I will attempt to add more features as time and learning permit, in accordance with the Web Accessibility Initiative and similar sources.  If you have suggestions on accessibility for this website, I would be very interested to hear them.

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Web Design Philosophy

I support the principle of common Web Standards and have endeavoured to code these pages so they will be viewable in any browser on any platform which supports HTML5 and CSS3.  If you have a problem viewing these pages, please contact me and I will try to find a solution.

Having lived through the "browser wars" and suffered the frustrations of both browsers and Web pages that conformed to no standard other than their own proprietary (read "selfish") rules, I support the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) web standards and these pages comply with those standards wherever possible.  Personally, I believe that all browsers should conform to the W3C standards. 

Further, I have adopted a "simplest is best" design philosophy.  To protect your privacy and security, to ensure maximum compatibility with different browsers (within reason), to aid user accessibility, and (perhaps most importantly) to avoid annoying my visitors, the pages on this site have :

  • no cookies,
  • no pop-ups,
  • no plug-ins,
  • no Flash,
  • no scripts, except for a visit counter and a script to run the form on the Contact page,
  • no frames,
  • no applets,
  • no animations, and
  • no advertisements, except for links to and a few logos from organizations that I support.

While it might be cool to use all of other that stuff, I choose not to.  Hopefully, as I learn more about HTML5 and CSS3 I will be able to make these pages better, more accessible and perhaps more appealing to the eye.

So, these pages are plain (did I need to point that out?), but certainly not because of Web standards, rather because I am not much of an artist (another obvious fact).  In spite of this, I do hope you will find something interesting in the content. 

After all, content is what it's all about. 

Language Style

Except where required by source quotation, the spelling and grammar used in the content of this website are standard and common Canadian-English styles, contrary to what your made-in-USA spell-checker might think.  You might have already noted that spelling and grammar here are sometimes different from both standard American (that is, U.S.A.) and standard British (OED) usage.  Such is the richness of the English language.