Oxygen 2003, Beta 2

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My website has been down for the last year or so. After 2001’s Rhapsody and Rhapsody 2 projects, I decided to re-write the entire site around what I called the Element 3 Kernal, thus producing 2002’s Element 3. Element 3 maintained many of the interface elements from Rhapsody and R2, but was completely re-engineered to be more code-efficient. Element 3 was never officially launched as a site, but the interface lives on at Golden Rule Produce.

I’ve been studying standards-compliance alot over the last several months, and decided to try it out with The Unknown Jeromes. It worked well. Because of this, I’ve decided to go with the same concepts for Oxygen 2003. As with Apple’s term “Carbon”, from which all life on Earth is based (referring to the toolbox used to port Mac OS 9 applications to support Mac OS X features), the term “Oxygen” represents what the web needs in order to survive. Web designers and developers need to make the move away from the <font> tag of old, as well as <table> based layouts. I have completely eliminated the archaic <font> tag, and have minimized use of the <table> tag down to one. Of course, the only reason why I left that one in is because of a retarded rendering bug in Internet Explorer that doesn’t want to obey rules regarding absolute-right positioning within nested <div> tags. Grrr…

Anyway, the point is that this is a work in progress. Take it at that. I’ll let you know when it’s ready. =)

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced software engineer, open source evangelist, and passionate user advocate currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , and worked on DevOps and Security at . He is now bringing learning into the digital age as an Engineering Lead and Site Reliability Engineer at . Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than .