About This Site
This site originated in Fall 2002 when I needed to build a web
site as part of the last course (Multimedia and the Internet) in
my Master's program at University of Maryland University College.
I had been thinking about doing a caving web site so my choice
of topic was easy. I had also just taken over the membership function
for the Potomac Speleological Club so I was thinking about resources
for new cavers. The end result is this site and its focus on the
After I finished the course I didn't do too much with the site,
though it did manage to get linked to the PSC web site and indexed
by some of the search engines. Since my university accounts get
deleted at the end of 2003, I decided to rehost the site, give
it a much needed facelift, and try out some new web design tricks
I have learned on the job.
In building the site, I have tried to keep it as usable for as
many people as possible, though ultimately I'm doing it for my
own personal satisfaction. Some of the things I try to keep in
- Browser compatibility
— I routinely test against current versions of the major standards compliant
browsers — Microsoft
(the basis for the latest version of
. I have also been trying to keep the site usable with Netscape
4.7x, but this is becoming increasingly frustrating so that support
may end soon. All my computers are Windows based so I haven't
tested against Macintosh, Linux, etc. browser versions — if
you encounter any compatibility problems let me know.
- Web Accessibility
— I make reasonable attempts to incorporate the recommendations of the
and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines provided by the
World Wide Web Consortium's
Web Accessibility Initiative
. If you encounter any specific accessibility issues please let
— This web site has no commercial purpose or affiliations. No attempt is
made to collect individually identifying information, However the web hosting
service does provide server access logs which include information such as web
user permissions and history (so it can tell you what is new on your next visit).
It should still work with cookies turned off, but not as conveniently.
Some of the resources used to build and host the site include:
- Domain registration —
, an economical registrar with a good reputation.
- Web hosting —
, also economical with a good reputation for performance and
- Search engine —
, a nice, free search engine for smaller sites like this one.
- Development Tools —
Studio MX (primarily Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX), along
- Discussion Forum —
is an open-source bulletin board package, which Lunarpages provides
as a one click install along with the