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    Just an old guy interested in family history, genetic genealogy, astronomy, Amateur radio (station licence VE3OAT).
  1. What are the ideal breakpoints and font size?

    I wonder how will all of this be affected by Google's initiative for "Mobile First" pages? Will media="all" and the break-points described above be enough to satisfy them?
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    I don't recall the details but the HTML5 standard was proposed, discussed, modified and debated openly (as in open source) for several years before its release.
  3. Thanks for those links, fisicx. When the servers at my hosting service are behaving themselves (not all of the time, it appears), my pages load very quickly so page speed does not seem to be a problem, normally. As you observed, my site is simple. So it meets most, though not all, of the other criteria for accessibility and mobile-friendliness, and I am not too worried. I will keep looking for ways to improve it. As fisicx has suggested, the test at varvy.com does not seem all that credible anymore. I have adopted a simple "skip to main content" solution and am now looking to test it on an actual screen reader. I think that will be the proof of the pudding, regardless of what Varvy says. Thanks to fisicx, BrowserBugs, and david19922 for your ideas and help with this -- very enlightening! This has been a learning experience for me from the start, for sure. Thanks again.
  4. Thanks, fisicx, very helpful. (Sorry for the missed name.) What you say about varvy.com would explain why so many apparently very successful sites fail so many parts of the Varvy test when I try them. The Google PageSpeed site seems busy right now so I couldn't try it myself, but their scores you quote for my site do seem low. In your experience, what kind of numbers should I be shooting for?
  5. Well, visibility may be one of Varvy's criteria but I have tried several different scheme's, some visible and some not, and all of them failed Varvy's test. The last one I tried was the suggestion by David19922, both as he quoted and as modified to make the link visible again -- neither passed. All of the visible methods I have tried worked for me -- click the link and the screen jumps down past the header and navigation bar. None passed the Varvy test. Is there some special CSS code that is needed to enable a screen reader? I have not tried any method that uses Java. So far I have avoided using any script at all on the site, except for some PHP to run the e-mail "contact me" function, and I would like to keep it that way. Web Guru is right that mine is only a hobby site and my economic well-being doesn't depend on it. Still, it would be nice to get a good rating by Varvy. Are you sure that Google doesn't count it? I used to receive a lot of questions about my family history DNA projects and radio frequency measurement activities. Not so many lately. At the moment I am stumped. Please feel free to play with my html and CSS. (I apologize that some of it is not very elegant.)
  6. Thanks, BrowserBugs, but adding tabindex values didn't solve the Varvy test failure problem. There must be something else. I like your idea of putting the <nav> section inside the <header>, though. Not sure why I didn't do that in the beginning. Might make some of my CSS easier down the road.
  7. Sorry, realized too late that I should have posted to the CSS, XHTML/HTML area. Perhaps a moderator would like to move my query ...
  8. Trying to make my website (ve3oat.ca) more responsive, I include the usual "skip to main content" link near the top of each of my pages. However, when tested with the tool at varvy.com, my pages always fail due to "No 'skip to main content' link". I use <a href="#content"> Skip to main content</a> in the header, and <div class="content" id="content"> as the target below the header and the top-navigation bar. It works in Firefox and MS-IE, but always fails the Varvy test. Could someone please tell me something simple in html (I don't use Java any other scripts on my site) that will both work for users of screen readers and that will pass the Varvy test?? Thanks.
  9. Mangat said : 7. Make your URLs search engine friendly This is a new idea to me. How does one do that? What is the effect?
  10. Wow, 400 a day! Guess I have to be thankful that my site gets only 3, 4, 5 a day. Thanks for your insight, fisicx, and you have shown me that I will have to learn to expect this sort of thing. It's a wild world! Thanks again for all your comments and I am grateful for your wisdom and experience. This is certainly a learning experience for me. :-) ... Martin
  11. Thanks, fisicx, and what you say makes a lot of sense to me (though I know nothing about WordPress). I have noticed two things about these access attempts. One is that they almost always use the non-SSL address (http) for my site, even though my site is on an SSL server and their request is automatically redirected to my https address. The other is that they almost always use the domain name in the address, rather than my dedicated IP address. This makes me think that my domain name is on a list somewhere they have picked up, instead of simply using a script to go incrementally through a numerical range of IP addresses. Does that make sense to you? Have to admit that I am pretty naive about these things but am trying to draw logical conclusions from the situation. If that is possible ... ;-) ... Martin
  12. Checking my logs during the past few months there has been a very noticeable increase in the number of visitors to my website who attempt to access "/wp-login.php". These visitors usually come out of the blue without having visited any pages before this. Now, I don't use WordPress (I assume that is what the wp part means), and don't have any log-in page at all on my site, so they all receive a 404 error and go away. No harm done. But what is the reason for it all? Has accessing "/wp-login.php" become a favourite method of attack? And what if I did have a /wp-login.php page? Thanks for any insight. ... Martin
  13. Thanks, Jack and BrowserBugs, I am beginning to feel more positive about the idea of using CloudFlare for my own website, despite their scripts and cookies. Maybe my idealism is giving way to practicality. ;-) Thanks very much for your comments and I think I am starting to see the future in this after all. Thanks too to rbrtsmith for helping to break the ice in my mind about CloudFlare. ... Martin
  14. Hi, Web Guru, thanks for your comments. I am sure you are right about the security of Java scripts used by large corporations. My site, on the ohter hand, is small (I am a nobody) and I have intentionally avoided scripts so that my visitors (who don't know me) will feel more safe. I see that among CloudFlare's other services, they reserve the right to install cookies on visitors' computers to track them. Lots of big companies do this, of course. Being small on the other hand, I have also avoided using cookies, in order to reassure my visitors of my lack of any hostile intent. "No scripts, no cookies, hey, this site must be safe" sort of thing. I guess I need to know how most privacy- and security-conscious visitors feel about scripts and cookies from CloudFlare. What do you think of it? ... Martin
  15. Moderator - please move this posting as you see fit. Not sure I have chosen the right place. Thanks. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Cloudflare? They say they can speed up delivery of your content. That might be nice, but from my own point of view my website uses no scripts at all and I am happy to be able to do that (less vulnerability for my visitors). Using Cloudflare would of course require allowing their scipt(s) to run. Are there any other considerations? Thanks for your opinions and guidance here. ... Martin