My webpages can be read using any mainstream browser released
in the third millennium (2001 or later), and fully renders
in any mainstream browser from the ’10s (2010 or later).
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:
- Firefox 3.6 or higher (Firefox 31 or higher is best for printing pages)
- Internet Explorer 9 or higher
- Safari 5.1 or higher (Safari 7 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
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 9 or
greater, gracefully degenerates in Internet Explorer 8, and
is viewable in browsers which do not support CSS.
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
There were some bugs with printing web fonts in old releases of
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.
Note that my interactive fiction adventures
older browsers (anything before Internet Explorer 8) with
For people with older hardware, please
download and install an older (3.0.2 or lower) release of
Dillo, a lightweight browser perfect for