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Design philosophy: all information in this web site should be accessible to the intended audience regardless of platform, browser, or size of screen. Graphics are kept to a minimum to reduce download times. If you see a frame or an animated GIF, feel free to flame me mercilessly.
This site uses fully compliant cascading style sheets (CSS). Older browsers should display text in their default fonts, while more recent browsers will all display fully formatted text. (However, the styles sheets will look best viewed in Internet Explorer 4.0 or above.) The site also complies with major accessibility standards.
The base font for this page is Trebuchet MS, a free font from Microsoft designed for on-screen readability at small point sizes. The headlines are 32 pt Times bold italic, combining elegance, classical proportions, and compactness.
The logo is variation on the original logo from Aldus PageMaker and depicts Aldus Manutius, a student of Johannes Gutenberg and inventor of italics. This is to echo the roots of desktop publishing, both in the 1450s and the 1980s. The logo uses Courier from ITC to evoke the feel of metal type and Poetica from Adobe Systems to evoke the era of hand lettering.
Essays by the Webmaster
You have reached the home page of the PAGEMAKR mailing list, an internet resource for desktop publishers, particularly users of Adobe PageMaker software. Our subscription base varies in size from 1,000-2,000, with a core of wonderfully knowledgeable and helpful members. Mail messages can be received as they are posted or once daily as a digest. You will find subscription instructions on the subscription help page, or you can write to a listowner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every so often, as time and technology allow, I write a short essay about some relatively appropriate subject and publish it on the site's front page. Following are archived essays from previous months.
Seybold Boston writeups
February, 2000: All the buzz is about Adobe's Quark killer (InDesign) and Flash killer (Live Motion), but Quark and Macromedia don't seem too worried. Meanwhile, the PageMaker pod vanished! But "Adobe has no plans to discontinue PageMaker."
March, 1999: Adobe introduces InDesign and wants to "seriously upgrade the web." PageMaker 6.5 Plus is the star at the PageMaker pod.
Essays & News
Fall, 2001: Apple, Adobe show off new software
April 2001: After a year of hassles with out old provider, we're back online with a new provider and a new domain. Find out how you can help!