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WWW pages

Tip of the week
(3D roll-over)
This tip builds on the tip from the last WWW page on WWW pages of the past. Users like to see some reaction to their mouse movements. Many users will move the mouse cursor around the screen, in order to find the key menu options. A little trick that you can use is to use a mouse roll-over event to swap a graphic with the same graphic, but with a drop shadow. For example try to roll your mouse over the following graphic:

Roll you mouse over this image

Isn't that great! It actually looks as if it is jumping out of the page (which, of course, it isn't as it's still just a 2D image, but the shadow gives it depth).
Many ISP providers use this technique to make their WWW pages look a bit more dynamic. AOL use this technique a lot.

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GIF files


HTML files


JPEG files


PDF files


SWF files


ASP files


MDB files


AVI files


Total space: 340MB

My WWW site statistics (July 2001)



WWW pages of the past (July 2002 - II)

July 2001 (Part II)
As I said in my previous essay, I've spent a good deal of time over the past few weeks working on content. As I'm moving campus in the next few months, I have decided to mirror my WWW site, in case that students cannot get access to WWW-based material. The easiest way that I could guide users to the best site was to use a pull-down menu, such as:

If you're interested, here's the code:

<select name="select"
<option>Select mirror</option>
<option value=
~bill/index.html">www.soc (Best)</option>
<option value=
Ceres (backup)</option>
<option value=

and the associated JavaScript code:

<script language="JavaScript">
function MM_reloadPage(init)
{ //reloads the window if Nav4 resized
if (init==true) with (navigator)
{if ((appName=="Netscape")&&
onresize=MM_reloadPage; }}
else if
(innerWidth!=document.MM_pgW ||
innerHeight!=document.MM_pgH) location.reload();

Here's the other quick jump menu option:

Page footer

For a while I've not really been happy about the bottom of my pages, as they look a little ragged. Thus I've added a footer to some of my new pages. For this I've added the page name, its structure, and the copyright link. Here's a sample from the main page:

Enlarged version of page footer

Copyright page

I've finally got round to properly defining my copyright page. In this I've decided to add the basic aims of my WWW site. For this I've defined:

To show the vibrance and academic research undertaken within the School of Computing at Napier University. How achieved: Main page and Diary page.

To provide support for modules taught within the School of Computing, especially Computer Networks and Distributed Systems and Network Operating Systems, with the delivery of notes, tutorials, on-line tests, timetables, e-mails, examinations and courseworks. How achieved: CNDS and NOS.

To support Beng/Beng(Hons) students by providing a depository for previous projects and examinations, and any associated material. How achieved: Projects and Examinations.

To encourage student development in practical areas by providing WWW-based examples, especially in the areas of WWW development, multimedia development, database integration with the WWW, and network programming. How achieved: Code snippets, WWW pages of the past and My studio.

To stimulate interest in the area of Computing and Computer Science, with interesting articles which show the importance of the subject area. How achieved: Essay of the week and Fun page.

To provide information to researchers in my research active areas, especially in agent technology and security. How achieved: Research page.

I've also decided to create a different layout for it (see the right-hand side). An important statement in it is:

These pages are intended to motivate and stimulate development in Computing. In no way do any of the pages reflect the views of the School of Computing or Napier University. If anyone would like anything on these pages deleted, or modified, in any way, they should contact the author immediately.


William Buchanan has allowed the material to be published in this form, but no additional rights are granted for the further exploitation of this work, without his consent, whether it be by paper-based or electronic material. Most of the material on this site has been designed to form a single identity. Any material which is added to it by any another author, must first be approved by William Buchanan, and then clearly identified as additional material.

Revised home page

Home page July 2001 [Enlarge]

Mirror site menu

Mirror site menu option

Quick jump menu

Quick jump menu option

Home page with page footer

Home page with page footer July 2001 [Enlarge]

Copyright page (top), July 2001 [Enlarge]

Copyright page (with footer), July 2001