Colophon

This is the last link on my site, the colophon. In old printed books, the colophon was usually the last page and contained publication information and remarks about the production of the book. Literally taking a page from those old books, this page describes the tools, infrastructure and design elements used to produce PeterYu.ca.

History

I have had a web presence since 1997 but the domain peteryu.ca was launched in June 2010 with the 1st Edition, using a temporary design and layout. The present edition is the 2nd Edition, launched June 2011, which updated the layout and design beyond the temporary design of the 1st Edition.

Design

The typeface used for most of the text is Palatino Linotype. There is a minimum width to the layout in the included stylesheet of 900 pixels and a maximum width of 1440 pixels. Although the design can be fully fluid, a width below or above these limits becomes difficult to read.

The colour theme consists mainly of shades of green with some orange and red. I chose this as a break from the black and white palette of the first edition. The main text has a white background because I find it easiest to read.

The design template uses Matthew James Taylor's "Holy Grail Liquid-Layout: No quirks mode" for the three column layout.

Production Tools

The site was developed primarily on my desktop PC, Vader's Hammer, running Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit. I have installed Apache HTTP Server, PHP and Cygwin to help with development.

Images are created, edited and processed with a number of different programs. Image editing is done with The GIMP. Vector art and most diagrams are created with Inkscape. There are a few technical diagrams created with Dia. The banner at the top left was created with a combination of LightWave 3D (the background), Inkscape (the sign elements) and GIMP (final compositing).

I use OptiPNG and AdvanceComp AdvPNG to reduce the size of PNG files prior to uploading. I also use ImageMagick to batch resize or convert images.

HTML, CSS, PHP and other text files are edited with Notepad and Vim.

About Peter Yu I am a research and development professional with expertise in the areas of image processing, remote sensing and computer vision. I received BASc and MASc degrees in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My working experience covers industries ranging from district energy to medical imaging to cinematic visual effects. I like to dabble in 3D artwork, I enjoy cycling recreationally and I am interested in sustainable technology. More about me...

Feel free to contact me with any questions about this site at [user]@[host] where [user]=web and [host]=peteryu.ca

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