About the site
About this website

This personal website is designed and maintained by Sandeep Rajput. The design philosophy was simple: to use HTML markup and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) elements exclusively; to not use jQuery or JavaScript; to use only a text editor. The most recent version dates from August 2012, with a four-color scheme. It was tested on IE10, Firefox 14.0.1, Google Chrome 21.0.1180.60 on a desktop and a laptop running Windows 7 and Samsung Galaxy SIII running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The gradient for body does not work in IE9 but works fine on Firefox and Chrome. However, it is expected to fail gracefully and remain accessible on older versions of browsers.

From 2012 onwards, work related to the site has occurred exclusively in Linux, specifically Linux Mint on versions 13, 14 and 15 ("Maya", "Nadia" and "Olivia"), with Kate and Kile doing quite nicely for editing. Even I don't prefer vim for editing HTML, because the links are too long.

When I first designed my website in 1998, it was on GeoCities in the salad days of the world wide web. In 1999, I created a more proper website using frames. Unfortunately, The University of Tennessee does not allow alumni to keep their student websites and my URL of http://web.utk.edu/~srajput3 just disappeared. In 2002, I redesigned my website using pure text editors and Cascading Style Sheets. I liked the clean look and (for the most part) straight-forward code. After a decade of post-industrial grays with tinges of blue, a more colorful scheme arose for the 2012 redesign, which is how the site shows now.

I wish I had taken the snapshots of all those versions as it will be amusing, after 15 years. My first design had the GIF with an ape who shook his head all the time. That was a meme!

When I first built my web site in 1998, the links page was basically a switchboard for me: my alternative to bookmarks and favorites. 15 years later, with Search Engines, RSS feeds and tweets, the whole idea appears absurd. Why check out Sandeep's links when you can easily find what you are looking for by typing in a white edit box?