& Jack's Fantastic Homepage is a family homepage, created and published
in the spirit of friendship and education for which the WorldWideWeb should
welcome visits to the page and correspondence from like minded, good hearted
people of any race, creed or orientation, anywhere on Earth.
PUTTING OUR BANNER ON YOUR SITE
If you'd like to add
this animated Ben and Jack's Fantastic Homepage banner to your site, which
will then enable your visitors to click straight to us, copy and paste the
HTML in the texfield below into the code for your page.
The banner is the standard industry dimensions of 468x60 pixels, and is
20K in size.
HOW WE DO IT
The page is still, at present, mainly created by Laurence, though the
boys are starting to take an interest.
work on Apple Macs with G3 processors. We use a digital camcorder inputting
directly into the Mac to grab digital snaps, or scan in photographic prints
of family snaps.
When we started out back in 1995, we learned to build a site from Elizabeth
Castro's excellent books 'HTML for the World Wide Web', which are published
by Peachpit Press (http://www.peachpit.com) under the Visual Quickstart
Guide imprint. If you work on the Mac platform, we can't reccommend them
highly enough. Now, though, of course, everything has move don so much
that a little HTML scarcely seems enough to get buy on.
For a long time we didn't use a Webpage editor at all, coding HTML directly
as a Simple Text document. Now, however, we let Dreamweaver take care
of the donkey work and just correct its code as we need to. Our graphics
are created using Adobe Photoshop, and crunched down to size using Fireworks.
We like animated gifs, despite their fall from popularity, and ours are
done 'stop frame', with either Fireworks or GifBuilder. Our sound files
are usually recorded directly onto the Mac and manipulated using SoundApp.
We browse the Web ourselves through IE 5. We do, however, attempt to code
the site so that both browsers display it as it should be seen, whether
you are visiting from another Mac or from a PC.
CREDITS AND COPYRIGHTS
Although most of the things you see on the site have been created by us,
we did steal one or two particularly nice things from other people.
The animated Union Jack flag, which flies as part of our banner, was created
by Dorling Kindersley. We borrowed it without asking and copyright in
it rests with them.
Similarly, the human skeleton which Jack stands in front of on the 'Favourite
Places' page was lifted from Dorling Kindersley's 'The Ultimate Human
Body', and its copyright rests with DK.
The logos of all the places listed on the 'Favourite Places' pages are
copyright to the relevant institutions. The links on that page are in
no way commercially backed. These are simply places the boys like going
You will notice a small ad button on the lower left of each page of our site. It's placed there by Hitbox, whose excellent free service provides our site stats to us.
The site is served from Telewest's Blueyonder user area
You are welcome to lift things you like from our page, providing they
contain no image of any person.
Please respect that this is really just a family album, and that Ben and
Jack are our kids. We reserve our rights to institute proceedings, under
UK jurisdiction, against anybody who appropriates images of any person
from this site, regardless of whether or not they are republished elsewhere.
MAKING YOUR OWN HOMEPAGE
It's easy, and like with most things the best way to
get started is to get a book, sit down at the computer and just do it.
All you need are your browser, a text editor (word processing package)
or Web Page editor, and the patience to fiddle.
The browser menu-bar item 'VIEW' offers an option called 'Source'. If you
hit that while visiting any Web Page, your computer will deliver you the
HTML code for that page, just as if you were looking at the author's machine.
It's a great way to learn, and you're welcome to do this to our page if
it helps you.