March 3, 2005

Note: As with most web sites these days, this one is designed for a resolution of 1024x768, though some new PCs come set at 800x600. if you have a newish Windows PC and you cannot see all of the text on this page, left to right, you can fix that – it's painless – just scroll to the bottom of this page or click here.

When I first began to design these web pages, I was using my magnificently new and fast 750 MHZ (can do roughly 750 million one-clock-tick things per second) DELL notebook with its massive 128 Meg (million characters roughly) of RAM (memory) and a gigantic 9.3 Gig (10 billion characters roughly) hard drive.



Where many people were just coming to learn that they could expand their screen area from 800 by 600 pixels (very small horizontal by vertical dots) to 1024 by 768, mine provided a whopping 1280 by1024.


(If you're a tech, bear with me – I'm trying to help people that aren't – well, myself too.)

Where many people were appreciating a color palette of “High Color (16 bit)” (thousands of colors), mine allowed up to “True Color (32 bit)” (millions).



I naturally set mine to its greatest offerings.



Then I got into web page development, knowing nothing about it. I proceeded to find a place that would host a web site for me, convert everything that is anything in my computer to a web page, and upload it all. When I got to where I figured that I wouldn't mind others seeing the wealth of information that I had to offer, I began to email the URL (web site address) to select friends and family.


If you are a prospective client and are worried about whether or not I know what I'm doing, rest easy that I don't. I've been studying computers since 1969 and have learned that everything changes way too fast for anybody to know anything. What you need is the ability to assimilate and make your best guess, and then friends, family and clients (aka: beta testers) that let you know when something doesn't work.

The first response I got was from my niece, Ginny, and she said “Excellent!”. That made my day. The next was from my sister, Hannah, and she said “The text blends into the background; hard to read.”. Huh??It does not!She doesn't know what the h*** she's talking about!


As I type this, I have a toothache, so if I seem a little abrupt, or downright cranky, you'll understand why.


Also, there is a fly buzzing around my office and he's been here a couple of days now. This is February!

Well, at some point, I began to realize that if she was having trouble, then others might have trouble, so I better look into this.

I decided to read the directions.


To see how refined your color scheme is (or is not), take a look at this color chart at If you cannot see a difference between 2 adjacent squares, it might be time to adjust your color settings.

They told me that I've got to design these pages for people with small screens and few colors. In fact, there is a rule that says you have to confine yourself to something called the browser-safe palette (aka: the Web palette, the color cube, the 6x6x6 palette, Netscape palette, Explorer palette, or the 216-color palette). !!Bummer!216?


You also might enjoy reading Web color Basics (2015: dead link), a short but informative article by Lynda Weinman, a noted professional and author of various Web design books.

I have now reduced my screen size to 1024 by 768 and my palette to High Color (16 bit). Hopefully, your system is advanced enough to handle that.If not, then you need a new one.Arrogant?Me?


I will proceed to re-evaluate my pages in this light, with the 216 color rule in mind.

To adjust your settings in Windows:

         Right-click on your desktop and left-click on “Properties”.

         Click on “Settings”.

         Select the desired “Colors” and “Screen Area”.

         Click on “Apply” to see how it looks.

         Click on “Advanced” and adjust your basic “Font Size”.

         Click on “OK” twice and reboot your system.

You might then want to go back in there to fine-tune your “Appearance”, “Item” by item, a very nice feature.


Keep in mind that a screen size larger then 1024 by 768 can actually slow your system down.