My Website Style

This page explains the format, code, language and other style elements used throughout my website.

Domain

Having to choose a domain name, it appeared to me that using my last name would be ideal for a personal website. I have been the owner of the domain name moisan.ca since 2000. I am also a proud Canadian which is why I preferred a .ca than most of the alternatives available at the time.

Hosting Service

My website is currently being hosted on servers operated by 7081936 Canada Inc., which trades under the name Web Hosting Canada, an extremely reliable hosting provider with an impeccable customer service. Their packages are affordable and include all the bells and whistles you would expect. I highly recommend their services.

Code

My website is coded using Hypertext Markup Language[1] and Cascading Stylesheet.[2] All web pages shall be properly formatted and compatible with the latest standards.

Appearance

The look and feel of my website is generally derived from the design WT00748RD obtained through 4Templates.com for which, in 2011, I purchased the non-exclusive rights. I especially like the colour scheme and the simplicity of the design, which is visually pleasing without being a distraction.

Font

The main font used throughout my website is Gentium from SIL International, a typeface designed by Victor Gaultney and intended to be highly legible, reasonably compact, attractive, and freely available to all. The font has won a Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design in two major international typeface design competitions: bukva:raz! (2001) and TDC2003 (2003). It covers Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts making it ideal to reach a global audience, but it is its design simplicity and legibility that factored most in the decision to choose this font.

Writing

The language and writing style chosen for my website is The Canadian Style,[3] which provides concise answers to questions concerning written English in the Canadian context and includes techniques for writing clearly and concisely.

Spelling

Probably as a result of our historical links with Britain and our proximity to the United States, Canadian spelling has tended to waver between the forms used in these two countries. The spelling authority I chose for my website is The Canadian Oxford Dictionary,[4] which is based on research into Canadian usage and contains specifically Canadian terms.

Documentation

The most practical method of citation and documentation for a website is obviously the use of endnotes, especially because of the impracticality of using a traditional bibliography. The citation format used throughout my website is mostly based on Evidence Explained,[5] whose models treat original and electronic sources not covered by other manuals.

References

  1. Ian Hickson, et al., eds., HTML Living Standard (https://html.spec.whatwg.org/ : 17 October 2021).
  2. Tab Atkins Jr., Elika J. Etemad and Florian Rivoal, eds., CSS Snapshot 2018, W3C Working Group Note (https://www.w3.org/TR/2019/NOTE-css-2018-20190122/ : 22 January 2019).
  3. The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing, rev. and exp. (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1997).
  4. Katherine Barber, ed., The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998).
  5. Elisabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 2nd ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2012).