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Policies on Web Design, Security, Copyright, and Accessibility

Note – The policies and practices enumerated on this page are in addition to the Privacy policy here

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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 any of these pages, please contact me and I will try to find a solution.

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.  In order to

  • protect your privacy and security,
  • to ensure maximum compatibility with different browsers (within reason),
  • to aid user accessibility, and
  • to avoid annoying my visitors,

Consequently, all of the pages on this website have :

  • no collection of information about you or your location,
  • no cookies,
  • no pop-ups,
  • no plug-ins,
  • no Flash,
  • no scripts of any kind except for a visit counter and a script to run the form on the Contact page,
  • no requests to sign up, register, or subscribe,
  • no frames,
  • no applets,
  • no animations,
  • no auto-start videos,
  • no advertisements, except for links to and a few logos from organizations that I support or of which I am a dues-paying member, and
  • no light grey print on a white background (no need to squint here!).

And No, you won't be asked to complete a "short" survey when you want to leave this site.

While it might be cool to use all of that stuff, I choose not to. 

So, these pages are plain (did I need to point that out?), certainly not because of Web standards, but 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. 

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Secure connections (encrypted) are now provided to visitors through certified SSL (AutoSSL through cPanel Certification Authority) 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 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 in general a secure communications channel (SSL) is not a guarantee of identity

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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). 

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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 above.  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.

Security Researcher Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement is gratefully given for any useful security-related information provided by security researchers about any security vulnerabilities which exist or might exist on this web site or on the server which hosts this website. 

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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 Webster) and standard British (OED and Fowler) usage.  Such is the richness of the English language.