About this web-site
~ some notes on the design
Hyperlinks - definition of my types
You'll find that different sorts of hyperlinks behave in different
ways. Some may open up new windows, some will change the existing page,
others may invoke a pop-up window. I've tried for some consistency in my
design, so, once you've got the hang of my look and feel, you shouldn't be too
surprised as to the behaviour.
For example, links in the Footer Bar of my pages with 'frames' (these are
in the section on 'Frames') will change the existing window in preference to
opening a new window. They do this because, once you've got the hang of
it, it's very easy to navigate back to the calling page.
There are other links that may behave differently, for example, if linking to
a page which only has a few words on it, like a comment or a wee aside, I may
choose just to open a pop-up window. The user would simply close this to
get back to the main page. I quite often indicate these links with a
for example try this
- and I'm experimenting with pop-ups which open close themselves, so be prepared
for this oneN
too (there's no need to click, just hover the mouse)
It's worth looking at some more types of link, or rather some more ways of
considering them. For example, there are internal links to other pages in this site and there are external
links to pages on other sites. As well as this, I class internal links as either primary
or cross-reference links. Pop-ups could be considered as either
(though somewhat arbitrarily) with the first link instance as primary and any
subsequent as cross-reference)
As suggested elsewhere, the site has a hierarchical structure, so you could work
your way through the pages systematically via all the primary links and visit every
one of my pages.
Sometimes of course a linked page may in reality relate to more than one
subject, and I have put it primarily in one subject and linked it primarily from
one page (again, maybe somewhat arbitrarily)
but have included perhaps one or more cross-referenced links from other areas
and/or other pages.
Every page on this site has one and only one primary link to it. There may or
may not be other routes to the same page via cross-reference links.
So a link could be internal-primary, internal-cross-reference, or,
external. I may abbreviate the internal links as, primary, meaning (always) internal
primary, and cross-reference meaning, by and large, internal
I say 'by and large' for cross-reference because the way internal
cross-reference links and external links behave, particularly in terms
of opening new windows, is pretty much the same. That is, cross-reference
and external links will open new windows. Where I have not
explicitly described the behaviour of 'external' links, you can assume it to be
the same as (and incorporated in the term) 'cross-reference' links.
Hyperlinks may be underlined depending on your browser and how you have your Internet
Options set up. My preference on MS Internet Explorer is for underlining links when the mouse is