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WWW pages of the past (Oct 1999)

October 1999
My pages took a little bit of an artistic detour in 1999, as I discovered graphics packages. Unfortunately, at the time, I really didn't have the skill to properly construct the graphics (as you can see from my attempts).

The main new elements I added was animated GIF files, which added a little bit of movement to the page. By present standards it looks pretty basic, but at the time it looked state-of-the-art. I've included a few of the animated GIF files, if you're interested (of course I didn't do them with transparent backgrounds at the time, as I didn't know about such things):

At the I decided to try and generate some distinctive graphics which would give the WWW site an original feel. Thus I drew the little animated GIF below. It's hardly the best logo in the world but it has some nice gentle colours in it. As I have said previously, I did not know about transparent backgrounds, so it has a blue background to fit in with the index frame on the WWW pages.

<img src="IMAGES/home.gif"
width="57" height="50" border="0" align="right">

The graphic itself is 192x211, thus this is very inefficient, as the full resolution of the graphic is sent. A much better solution would have been to scale the graphic down to 57x50, as this is the resolution at which it is displayed.

Something that was quite distinctive was the graphic with covers from my books. It looks a bit dated now, but it look really good then. Here's a copy:

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