What's with the '90s Web site?

I've had many people complain that I should update the look of this Web site; it looks like a relic from a few decades ago. Point taken. Here are a few of my reasons, some more defensible than others.

  1. I assume that most of my visitors come looking for information, not glitz.
  2. The Web was originally designed to be read, not watched. I still believe in that original goal.
  3. Simply written Web sites load and display quickly on a wide variety of browsers.
  4. I put in a lot of links. That's because there are so many connections between ideas.
  5. HTML is the language the Web uses for describing Web pages, designed to show the content and structure of a document but not its presentation. Presentation, in theory, is up to users and their browsers. These days HTML is rarely used as intended, circumventing that and forcing a particular presentation; I'd rather leave it to you and your chosen browser. This is especially important for those with accessibility issues.
  6. I learned HTML while still a software engineer and still like programming in it. But I've never gotten too far into CSS, the language the Web uses for presentation hints.
  7. I designed this site awhile ago when my business was starting, and I'd rather focus on my work with students than flashy Web design.
  8. That weird design on the left? That's a proof without words that the sum of the angle measures in a triangle is 180°. Keep looking until you see it.
  9. I'm a little bit ornery.

If you're not a fan of my old-school design, I hope you're mildly amused or that at least you can forgive me.

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