Miscatex

Never Asked Questions

This page lists potential questions and answers you may have about this website or myself. None of the questions so far have been asked by anyone (hence the page name), however any which are asked and are relevant to here will be added.

What is the purpose of this site?

It is just my own little corner of the web. Hopefully, it will share information or data useful to at least one person out there, but if not, it'll keep me occupied.

How often is this website updated?

Usually once-a-week at a minimum, though sometimes twice-a-week. Updates are usually made on Monday and/or Friday. Occasionally, I may not update for some time however when working on other things, or just fed up with it.

Some pages seem to be missing content. Why is this?

I often use pages and headings as placeholders, to remind me to add in content later. This can be most readily seen on the radio synopsis pages, where a number of pages do not yet have content.

Do you endorse any site or person you link to?

No. Any links to individuals or companies are because I think they have an interesting component, and may contain useful or important content. In fact, one or two people linked to I disagree with in a number of ways but if their website is interesting or useful, and the person or company isn't too objectionable, it will be linked to.

I also do not seek out, and have not received, any requests to share links on my website. Those listed are of my own volition.

Your website appears broken in some way on XYZ browser. Why is this?

Generally, I only test in Firefox, with occasional testing using Midori which often renders some things slightly differently. I refuse to run Google Chrome due to the numerous privacy issues with the browser and its general monopoly status these days, and feel it is not worthwhile maintaining an up-to-date Chromium installation. Other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera, Brave, and Safari are also untested.

I do however test on occasion using text-based browsers such as w3m, dillo, links2, and elinks for anyone who wishes to use those as I consider it fairly important that my website runs with few resources.

Why is the font size so large?

It may or may not be, depending on the browser and the default font size. In Firefox, I use a 16px default font size. The CSS then defines a 1.0em font size, which should provide a good size for most people.

I don't particularly like the large font size produced by a 16px default and 1.0em, preferring a slightly smaller font overall for main body text. I have previously used 0.8em, however it was changed for accessibility reasons to prevent the font being too small for some users.

Why do you not use Javascript?

I've never been a big fan of Javascript for websites which are delivering primarily document-based content, which is predominantly the majority of this sites content. I tend to block all Javascript by default, except on sites which need it, and can be trusted.

Put bluntly, my website doesn't absolutely need it, so I don't use it.

Do you have an RSS feed?

No. This is due to the majority of content being added or modified as-and-when and therefore unsuited to using RSS.

Do you have a blog?

No. I have tried blogging in the past but find it difficult to commit to updating reguarly enough with interesting topics. I also believe that maintaining a blog should be done with some form of regularity, whatever that may be, though I don't have the patience myself to keep it up over the longer term.

There is nothing worse with regard to blogging, than infrequent blog updates.

Why do you not permit comments on your website?

Two major reasons.

Moderation of comments is difficult even at the best of times, and small websites typically don't do it well unless time is spent going over every comment or pre-moderating to a defined standard. That's before even considering spam.

Also considered is the additional weight it would add to maintaining the site. Either using an external service takes away from the static nature of the site as it currently is, or a self-built system adds server-side and client-side code which both must be maintained, and again gets away from the lightweight design.

In any case, the answer is to email me. Any useful information can still be shared via a page if it requires.

Can you add a search function to the website?

Unfortunately, no. This would require some form of JavaScript and/or server-side code to function, which defeats the object of keeping the website static and document-based. Instead, I attempt to keep the website well organised so content is easy to find, and regularly try to improve that organisation if parts are becoming cluttered.

Searching the website should still be possible using your favourite search engine however, and limiting the search query to the domain if necessary.