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Mark Hennessy An unfinished creative work...

"No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time." - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

You're welcome! to, a personal sandbox - nothing to see hereā€¦ or is there?

Email? then.

A little about me and what makes me tick...

Here's some information on what I like and like to do. Books; On the left column is the book I'm currently reading and on the right column you'll find a list; 5 from those recently read. I've given these a 5 Word review and a rating out of 5 Stars (naturally). Five; it's not the magic number, but it is pretty cool.

Books: Feed Your Head. currently on the bedside locker...

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
From the author's website: Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects... She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Recently read.

Here are some of the titles that I've read recently along with my thoughts on them. There's a scientific bias in there for sure... hmmm, *rubs chin*. Honourable mentions to Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden and Even Silence Has an End by Ingrid Betancourt which have slipped off the most-recent 5 list...

  • The Naked Scientist - The science of everyday life laid bare. Chris Smith.
    Interesting, but Overdose on Anecdotes.
  • The World's Greatest Idea - The fifty greatest ideas that have changed humanity. John Farndon.
    Good on Science; Philosophy Fail.
  • Free Radicals - The secret anarchy of science. Michael Brooks.
    Brash but Meaty and Provoking.
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense - The most intriguing scientific mysteries of our times. Michael Brooks.
    Entertaining and Head-Wrecking in Combination.
  • Seeing Further - The story of Science & the Royal Society. Bill Bryson (editor).
    Provocative, but Parts are Incomprehensible.

Mercury main features or what makes Mercury more than your average single-page site

When you create a Mercury page, you get a single-page web site template that is not just attractively designed, but one that is also eminently usable and accessible. We looked at hundreds of single-page horizontal scrolling web sites and learned how to make one that avoids the most common functional problems. There is simply nothing you can find that matches the efficiency and excellence of Mercury.

Beautiful, Usable and Accessible with an interface that installs inside Dreamweaver

Mercury is designed using modern CSS methods that enable effects like rounded corners, shadows (inner and outer), and gradients to be created without having to use images. We also use font embedding technology to display custom fonts for headings and menus. In fact, the Mercury logo is pure text so if you like it you can customize it by simply replacing our text with your text—without ever leaving Dreamweaver. When you crack open the included user guide (and we really hope you do), you'll learn how to use modern CSS to your advantage in an efficient and browser-friendly way.

It's all in the details -we take the time to do it right so you don't have to worry about it

  • Choose fixed width layouts or layouts that automatically adjust to the size of your visitor's browser window.
  • Mercury is fully navigable whether using a mouse, keyboard, pointing device, touch device, or a screen reader.
  • If you use your tab key to navigate and reach a link in the next page section, the system will automatically detect this and scroll that section fully into view.
  • Accessing a new page section will smoothly glide your window to the top, ensuring that no content is ever overlooked.
  • The previous and next arrows automatically display the title of the next or previous page when you hover over them.
  • The previous and next arrows can be set to loop or to stop at the first and last page sections.
  • Mobile devices are automatically detected and served special style rules to address device-specific issues.


CSS 3 support for the advanced CSS techniques used in mercury

Mercury is designed based on the concept of progressive enhancement. We start with well-formed code that displays all content in all devices. Then we add features that capitalize on the capabilities of modern browsers to provide visual enhancements such as rounded corners, embedded fonts, gradients, shadows, table-like column display, and RGBA colors with transparency. The chart below illustrates which browsers support these features.

  Firefox Opera Safari iPhone iPad Chrome IE6 IE7 IE8 IE9
CSS Round Corners Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y
CSS Embed Fonts Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
CSS Gradients Y Y Y Y Y Y * * * *
CSS Shadows Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y
Dynamic Image Sizing Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
RGBA Colors Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y

*IE supports linear gradients via the proprietary DX Filter module