My webpages can be read on the screen using any mainstream browser
that supports version 1.2 or higher of transport layer
security (TLS), and fully renders in any mainstream browser
from 2012 or later.
My webpages can be printed using any mainstream browser from 2020 or
later; in more detail, printing is supported with:
- Any version of Chrome or Safari from 2015 or later.
- Opera 27 (2015) or higher
- Firefox 48 (2016) or higher
- Edge 79 (2020) or higher
This website, while a classic personal blog, is compatible with mobile
browsers and even (as of 2022) has dark mode support.
is turned off or disabled). No cookies whatsoever are used in any
The website itself is, by and large, a static HTML site. While a
combination of shell, AWK, Perl, and PHP scripts are used to generate
blog entries, no database or other backend software is used to render
the majority of web pages here.
Browsers with TLS 1.2 support include:
- Internet Explorer 11 (2013)
- Any version of Microsoft Edge
- Firefox 27 (2014) or higher
- Chrome 29 (2013) or higher
- Safari 7 (2013) or higher
- Opera 12.18 (2016)
- Opera 16 (2013) or higher
- Modern builds of Lynx and Dillo
Browsers without TLS 1.2 support can still read my resume at
my webpage at
Some, but not all, web pages here validate using HTML 4.01 transitional.
Fully compatible browsers
The web page fully renders with the following browsers (provided they
have TLS 1.2 support):
- Firefox 3.6 or higher (Firefox 31 or higher is best for printing pages)
- Internet Explorer 9 or higher (Printing is not always compatible)
- Safari 5.1 or higher (Safari 13 or higher is best for printing pages)
- Chrome 27 or higher
- Opera 12 (Presto engine; Blink engine browsers should also work)
- Mobile browsers on modern smartphones using any of the above browsers
 Note: There is a subtle difference with how the iframe on the
right hand side renders in Internet Explorer,
and how it renders in modern browsers with mask-image
support; the fade, while present in both older browsers and 2020s
browsers, looks a little different in the older browsers. This is
done so that the web page can have dark mode support.
 There was, in 2011, a bug in WebKit
with printing web fonts. I do not know exactly when this bug was
fixed, which versions of which browsers the bug affected,
but it was fixed by the end of 2014.
appearance. This is no longer needed; modern CSS allows one to
choose either dark mode or non-dark mode, and this preference is
stored in one’s browser and/or operating system, without using
 As a convenience for users, the 404 page
links to a Google search widget. This search widget can and does use
before letting one access this search tool.
This font uses two non-system fonts: A variant of Bitstream
Charter (made by Matthew Carter who later on made Georgia and Verdana)
and Source Sans Pro (a beautiful fairly new font from Paul Hunt).
The web site’s fonts look best on a handheld phone, a Macintosh, in Linux,
or in versions of Windows more recent than Windows XP.
Users of Windows XP should not be using the Internet; the operating system
has not been updated for years and is a security hazard.
Users of NoScript and other plugins that disable web font rendering will
see this site in a suitable fallback font; the exact font they see depends
on which fonts that have installed in their operating system. I have
gone to some care to include both Windows Web Core fonts (which, yes,
are a free download for Linux users) as well as open source fonts in
my font stacks.
One really nice thing about web fonts finally becoming mainstream
in the mid-2010s is that I can now render this webpage using only fully
open-source fonts. Both Bitstream Charter and Source Sans Pro are
free to download, modify, and use in any software (including non-Free
This web page has been tested and renders in the following browsers:
- Dillo Win32 3.0p9, a small lightweight
browser with limited CSS support.
Note: Versions of Dillo newer than 3.0.2 are not
compatible with this web page (unless CSS is disabled).
Please either disable CSS in Dillo or use Dillo 3.0.2 (or a browser
that renders a smiley face when given the
- Lynx Version 2.8.6rel.5 (The one included with CentOS 6)
- Amaya 11.4.7 (this site simply renders without CSS)
For people with older computers that can not run even Opera, Dillo 3.0.2
or Lynx can be used to read my web site.
Note that my interactive fiction adventures
a full-sized (iPad or bigger) display to fully enjoy.
People should not be using older browsers on the Internet; there are
too many security holes in them. People on fixed incomes with older
computers should use Dillo, which has not had a security problem since
That said, this web page has full styling in Internet Explorer 10 or
greater (albeit without dark mode, and with issues printing the interactive
chess boards), very slightly degenerates in Internet Explorer 9, and
is viewable in earlier versions of IE and in browsers which do not
support CSS. I have gone to some effort to have the site look nice
in the pure text browser Lynx.
There are known rendering issues with the following obsolete browsers from
the twentieth century:
- NCSA Mosaic from 1993-1997 (Not Unicode compatible; doesn’t use
“Host” header so the only usable website is samiam.org; other
- Netscape 4 from 1997 (mostly compatible, albeit without CSS,
but links will often contain box characters)
In addition, there are a couple of hobbyist-developed open-source
browsers without full CSS support (they fail the old
Acid 2 test
which every mainstream
browser has been able render since 2009) that have rendering glitches on
- Netsurf Browser has issues rendering this web site (it is
still mostly readable, but there are serious rendering glitches).
If possible, please use Dillo 3.0.2 instead.
- Versions of Dillo newer than 3.0.2 are not
compatible with this web page (the page is readable, but there are
rendering glitches) unless CSS is disabled.
If using a computer that can not use a mainstream browser with
standards-compliant CSS support, please either disable CSS in Dillo
or use an older release of Dillo
(Dillo 3.0.2 and Dillo win32-3.0p9 can both render this site)
Webpage printing compatibility
Printing the interactive chess boards need support for
isn’t present with some web
browsers which came out as recently as 2018
There were some bugs with printing web fonts in old releases of
Safari from the early 2010s. For anyone
that wishes to print a webpage here, it’s best to use Internet Explorer 9
or higher, Safari 7 or higher, Firefox 31 or higher, or Opera 12.
As of 2022, this website has dark mode CSS.
Note that my interactive fiction adventures
older browsers (anything before Internet Explorer 8) with
work fine in Firefox.
For people with older hardware, please
download and install an older (3.0.2 or lower) release of
Dillo, a lightweight browser perfect for