Web Design

In the 1980s, I started playing around with computers. My first was a Radio Shack TRS-80 that was barely functional and not particularly reliable.

Over time, I acquired more computers (Apple II, Macintosh, Zenith, Panasonic, HP, etc.), initially Macs, because of their easy user interface. Later, I moved to PC-based computers because of their lower cost. After Windows became available, I found the two interfaces to be equivalent. (Still later, I moved back to Macs, because of their durability and less of a tendency to crash.)

Website on a Disc

When I was in the Navy, working on provider training for large numbers of personnel, I discovered that I could build a “website” and burn the site onto a CD, creating a portable site that did not depend on the internet for usability. This was ideal for the Navy. While their ships had some internet connectivity, the Medical Departments were often limited to a 1-hour window of use, from 2 am to 3 am, which they share with the Engineering Department.

These early “websites” were constructed using a Microsoft program known as FrontPage. It was not the only site building program (Netscape, for example), but I found it the easiest to use because of its’ graphical WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) interface. It enabled me to create websites without knowing the least bit of HTML code. That actually overstates FrontPage’s capabilities, since I discovered that knowing even a little bit of code made FrontPage work much better.

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Notes from a Medical Educator