Supported Browsers & Platforms
Off on a Tangent is designed for a viewport width of at least 320dp.
Desktop and laptop browsers are tested using Apple MacOS 11.2, Google Chrome OS 88, Haiku R1/beta2, Linux Mint 20.1, and Microsoft Windows 10 (20H2). Tablet browsers are tested using Apple iPad OS 14.4, Google Android 11.0, Google Chrome OS 88, and Microsoft Windows 10 (20H2). Smartphone browsers are tested using Apple iOS 14.4 and Google Android 11.0. Limited support (lo-fi) browsers are tested in the above listed desktop and laptop operating systems and FreeDOS 1.2.
The most recent version of each of the browsers listed below are officially supported. If you have any trouble using the site in a supported browser, please let me know! In addition, the site should work properly in almost any recent Blink, Gecko, or Webkit-based browser.
- Chrome (Chrome, Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Edge (Windows, Mac)
- Firefox (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Opera (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Otter (Haiku, Linux, Windows)
- Safari (Mac)
- Vivaldi (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- WebPositive (Haiku)
- Chrome (Android, Chrome, iPad OS, Windows)
- Edge (Android, iPad OS, Windows)
- Firefox (Android, iPad OS, Windows)
- Opera (Android, iPad OS, Windows)
- Safari (iPad OS)
- Vivaldi (Android, Windows)
- Chrome (Android, iOS)
- Edge (Android, iOS)
- Firefox (Android, iOS)
- Opera (Android, iOS)
- Safari (iOS)
- Vivaldi (Android)
(it works, but it’s not pretty!)
- Arachne (DOS)
- Links (DOS, Haiku, Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Lynx (DOS, Haiku, Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Netsurf (Haiku, Linux, Mac, Windows)
Core and Libraries
- WordPress—the core of this site is built on WordPress, an open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) blogging and content management system, including the following plugins:
- Ads.txt Manager by 10up
- Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic
- Broken Link Checker by WPMU DEV
- CryptX by Ralf Weber
- Disable Comments by WPDeveloper
- Enable Media Replace by ShortPixel
- Jetpack by WordPress.com by Automattic
- Regenerate Thumbnails by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
- Search Exclude by Roman Pronskiy
- Simple Social Icons by StudioPress
- Off on a Tangent by Scott Bradford
- Yoast SEO by Team Yoast
- WP Crontrol by John Blackbourn & crontributors
- _s (underscores)—The Off on a Tangent WordPress theme is based upon the open-source (GNU-GPL 2.0) _s (underscores) starter theme.
- This site also makes use of the following libraries:
- Bootstrap—The responsive layout and most user interface elements are built upon the open source (MIT License) Bootstrap framework.
- Font Awesome—Icons and some other style elements are provided by the free (SIL OFL 1.1/CC BY 4.0) Font Awesome icon set.
- SmartMenus—Menu functions are built upon the open source (MIT License) SmartMenus jQuery plugin with the Bootstrap add-on.
- Colorbox—Image and gallery pop-ups are built upon the open-source (MIT License) Colorbox jQuery plugin.
- jVectorMap—Electoral and others maps are built upon the open source (GNU-GPL 3.0) jVectorMap library.
- DreamHost—Hosting and domain registration services by DreamHost.
- Apache HTTP Server—The web server software that underpins both my development and production environments is the open source (Apache License) Apache HTTP Server.
- PHP Hypertext Preprocessor—The scripting language that powers WordPress and WordPress plugins, as well as my custom application code, is the open source (PHP License) PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.
- Oracle MySQL—The database technology that powers WordPress is the open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) Oracle MySQL server.
Design and Development
- Adobe Creative Cloud—Graphics and design work for Off on a Tangent happens in the various proprietary Adobe creative applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and many others (depending on the specific task).
- Git Version Control—I maintain my code-bases in Git, an open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) version control system. It keeps all my code in line and makes sure I can roll-back my occasional catastrophic errors.
- Google Chrome—While developing this site, I do most of my initial development testing in Google’s Chrome web browser, which is based on the open source (BSD License) Chromium browser.
- Mantis Bug Tracker—I track bugs, development goals, and more using the open source (GNU-GPL 2.0) Mantis Bug Tracker system, which I also use to track my other development projects.
Standardization and Evaluation
- HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- Extensible Markup Language (XML)
- JSON Data Interchange Syntax
- Standards: ECMA-404 JSON Data Interchange Syntax (2nd Edition)
- Linting: JSONLint
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
- Standard: W3C WCAG 2.0
- Evaluation: University of Illinois Functional Accessibility Evaluator
- Ken Silverman’s PNGOUT—PNG images used in the site templates and elsewhere are compressed using Ken Siverman’s excellent PNGOUT utility.