Benjamin-Newton Overview: Book of Secrets (Design Style Guide) Introduction

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I am from and live in Eugene, Oregon (America)

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"Think Critically" with BENjamin-NEWton's Network © Ben Huot 1998-Present.

Website designs and all content not marked with a specific license copyrighted, from 1998-Present. I am the webmaster of this network, which includes 7 different, but related websites.

These websites all serve different purposes or audiences, but all share one thing in common: they are all created by me and are about me and my mission/ministry. I am the webmaster, so that I not only create everything on these websites, but also have designed and done all the technical things, to make this site work well, on a wide range of the most popular devices.

I have worked on all this for 20 years now, while understanding that I would never make any money off of it, as my niche is too small.

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My stuffed toy bear Fred says I don't have Schizophrenia, but he does

Thanks to God for the Good Parts of my Website, Books, Designs, and Graphics

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Style Guide

Definition of Style Guide

A style guide is the same as design patterns. The guide is designed to document repeated elements in design, so that they can be used consistently, especially by a group of designers. One of the reasons why I have created this is to show other people how to achieve the same effects I use on my websites. The other major reason is to document my design ideas, so that it will help potential future maintainers of my website. Some of these I have come up with all by myself, some I found somewhere else, and others I got the idea somewhere else, but adapted it for my use.

Not as Complicated as it Looks

The code in here looks long and complicated, but as you get used to it, it becomes much simpler, than it appears at first. First of all, this is not computer programming - you are not telling the computer how to work. Essentially, you are doing desktop publishing or word processing, but with code, instead of visually doing it. Most of the long numbers represent colors. Also, if you look closely, you will see the really long stuff is repeated several times over, which is only necessary, to include, to support older versions of web browsers.

Why Code Rather than Photoshop?

Most of these graphical effects can be done in Photoshop, but it is actually faster and easier for me to implement as code, so I don't have to remember the whole set of menus and graphic interface elements to draw out the effect. One of the beauties of doing this via code is that you can simply copy and paste the code, and then make minor changes, without having to figure out how to recreate it yourself.

Another good point about not using Photoshop is that there are no extras graphics files to download and manage. Another great thing about doing effects via code is that the code will expand and contract, with any length of text, or change in formatting, so that you don't need to adjust it, every time you change surrounding formatting. The final major advantage of coding is that the effects are always, at the highest resolution, that the device supports, automatically.

Viewing Requirements

Most of these designs elements require a newer browser, to see the effects. To see the effects, in action, on my websites, you need to use a desktop computer, that is at least 768 px wide or an iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro (everything but the first generation iPad). The browser requirements are Google Chrome, (Mac) Safari 7, Internet Explorer 10, or iOS 7 or higher.

Most my design elements use gradients extensively. Any other browser should work, that can handle linear, radial, and repeating gradients. I also heavily use CSS Counters (auto-numbering and auto-lettering with custom parameters), CSS Generated Content with CSS Pseudo Elements Selectors (inserting arbitrary text, with "before" and "after"), and various other CSS Selectors (including CSS Pseudo Class Selectors, like "odd" and "even," and CSS Attribute Selectors, like "ends with").

If you see textures, instead of solid colors, you likely have a good enough setup. At this point it is just code. I haven't added graphical previews yet. If your browser can't handle these effects, just disable Javascript and the advanced effects will be "turned off".

Generic Android devices (any device the announces itself as Android) and all phone or handheld devices (including iPhones) will automatically not load the advanced effects, so as not to overpower these lowest end devices and not to add effects to devices too small to see the effects. For tablets, this affects mostly Chinese off-brands and does not affect tablets sold by major Android manufacturer brands, as they report themselves erroneously as Apple iPads.

Internet Explorer Situation

Internet Explorer 8 and 9 fall into an entirely different and much worse category, as most of the even basic formatting of my webpages will not show up on these older browser versions. This is mainly due to Microsoft actively sabotaging web development, because the web allowed other companies to effectively compete with Microsoft, like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com.

I have done my best to support Internet Explorer over the years, for those who cannot get out of their clutches, but there are now so many things that every other browser supports that Microsoft doesn't, that it is very difficult to even perform basic formatting for both Internet Explorer 8-9 and modern devices, like Apple and Google devices. Designing for modern devices and for Windows is like going in two opposite directions at once.

As I have to choose between supporting Windows or losing the users who cannot or will not upgrade, I am not willing to stress myself out enough to get it to work. I would have to at the very least sabotage Android users and I choose the future over the past. Google devices are underpowered and not very high quality, but they will get the basic formatting correct and turn out to be much easier to support.

I no longer support Internet Explorer versions 8-9. Internet Explorer 10 is a free upgrade, available for Windows 7 and higher. Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 pre-installed. The lowest version I still support is Internet Explorer 10 (on Windows 7). Most websites, especially the big name ones, are making very similar decisions for very similar reasons.

It is Time to Move On

The big outlier has been China, but they have now moved on, as well. Businesses may still use older versions of Internet Explorer, until the end of time, but you probably shouldn't be viewing my website at work, if you have an employer that forces you to use only old versions of Internet Explorer (and that is usually exactly the reason why they have that policy).

I provide everything for free and spend a huge amount of time and a significant amount of money on my websites and I have never and never will make any money off of any of it. My time is worth something, to me, though, so I am not going to spend time going down that rabbit hole anymore. It is a direct threat to my mental health to be under stress and this stresses me out. I enjoy creating things, not fixing them, so I will concentrate on that.

All computers and software have a limited amount of useful life and Windows is coming to the end of its life, for most home users. If you have a computer that is not made by Apple, or can't run a Google web browser (like Android), than now would be a good time to upgrade. Keeping with old versions of Windows is just going to keep getting more painful, over time.

And older versions of Apple devices will perform much better, than brand new Android/Google devices. As with any other electronic device, you get what you pay for. Everything electronic is considered obsolete within 3 years and I will never support anything older than 5 years. If you can't afford that, then you cannot afford a computer or the Internet.

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Benjamin-Newton Overview: the place for most of my content on web design and graphics. I have actual code, design advice, and my color and logo choices (that I learned in 20 years of web design). I have a very unique approach which I guarantee you will not find anything like this anywhere and it is all available at no cost.

I also have my introductions to my basic theology, advanced theology, and introductions about myself (including information about my personal experiences with having Schizophrenia for 15 years) and other people, on this website.

I also have most my pictures here, including world religion and art with pictures and nature photography in air brush and watercolor. Most other pictures are at the Benjamin-Newton Oregon website cows graphics and abstract drawings sections

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On a Desktop or Laptop Computer, the PDFs will Download Automatically after Left Clicking on Link in Web Page, and Right Click on Link in Web Page and choose Save As to save JPEGs or PNGs for Direct Links to Bare Images. On a Desktop or Laptop Computer, for JPEGs or PNGs In a Webpage, Right Click on Image and Choose Save As.

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Look in Your Downloads or (My) Documents Folder on Desktop or Laptop Computer and iBooks (for PDFs) or Photos (for Images) on an iPad or iPhone.

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Website Compatibility

Software Requirements

My regular websites work well on any Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop or desktop running Chrome or Firefox, a Chromebook, or any Apple device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch) that is running iOS 11 or later. If this website does not work on your browser or device, try the simpler/mobile version.

Javascript Settings

My websites work fine without Javascript or plugins enabled, or with ads or scripts blocked (my websites have no third party content or ads nor do they make use of any plugins). To get a simpler version of most of my websites, try "Disabling Javascript". On my website, you won't be abe to adjust the website appearance or have it read aloud, with Javascript disabled.

Consequences

Disabling Javascript will both increase the security of your computer or device and get rid of annoying things like malware, ads, pop-ups, and comment sections. It will also make your computer or device browser run much faster and use many times less of your monthly quota, from your cell phone plan. On the other hand, with many popular sites, you won't be able to use them at all, with this setting, so change it back afterwards.

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Network Overview

Network Introduction

Confused about the world today? Want a simple, direct, and clear explanation? Read my books. My writing is like poetry meets encyclopedia. You will find nothing like this online or in print. All of this writing is available at no cost. I have a steady income and a lot of time, as well as an unusual perspective. This website network and these books are my way of trying to make the world a better place.

There are a lot of other (non-fiction) things I write about, as well, like what it is like to have Schizophrenia, secrets to my website design, and a completely different political and religious point of view. My point of view is partially based on my experience enlisted in the military and later living with Schizophrenia for over 15 years. It is also heavily influenced by my decades long (and continuing) study of world religions and world history (after ancient history and before modern times).

I follow my theories with practical advice and do what I recommend others do. You can make the world a better place. Just remember to think for yourself (this is what studying philosophy should teach you). Learn from my writings and experience, but come to your own conclusions. I am likely wrong on a lot of things, as are even the greatest thinkers, throughout history. I write what I believe, but you need to make your own choices, based on your own experience and your own understanding of yourself and the world.

I teach the exact opposite of the medieval philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Instead of understanding God, to the limits of reason and then using faith, to reach beyond that, I believe that faith is the primary means with which we should understand God and the use of reason, to explain the Bible and God, is a secondary and subordinate pursuit. It is dangerous, to base your faith on reason, because someone could then change your mind, just because they are better at arguing.

One of the things people often assume is that arguments are all based on reason, and to understand how I explain things, it is important to understand that I am not trying to be rational. I do not believe that you will change your views, even if I was able to form a superior reasonable argument for it. The basis for my faith is not rational either. If you think pursuing truth without using reason is nonsense, then you probably won't agree with what I have to say. Yes, I actually believe that and yes I do see some humor in that as well.

Start reading here today.

Opening Thoughts

Exactly the same but completely different. Slightly worse, but many times better.

For those things we know are true, but we thought were impossible to put into words. Always be kind and work hard. Learn as much as possible and be creative in solving problems. Over all, in making important and morally significant decisions, think long term. The best you can do in life is follow your conscience.

On Certainty in Life

I am sure about everything everyone else doesn't understand, but I am confused about everything everyone else is certain of. Everything you have seen and heard is wrong. What we were taught was true in school is irrelevant. The things we think are really important are very unimportant and the things that we think aren't very important are the most important of all.

About Me

I am a former soldier (army) and have been living independently with Schizophrenia for over 15 years. I live in Eugene, Oregon (United States) I have spent much of this time writing a number of books on various non-fiction topics based on my experiences, what I have read, and the insights I have had over the last (almost) 20 years.

I have also designed these Benjamin-Newton websites from scratch, with all my own code and graphics and updated them daily for that entire time, as well. I code directly to CSS in a text editor and avoid anything that slows the site down or causes unnecessary security problems.

Want to Think Critically?

I am a Christian cynic and pessimist in that I believe in everything in the Bible, but nothing else except Murphy's Law (anything that can go wrong will). I consider this positive, because when anything goes well in any aspect of my working with other people doing their jobs, I am pleasantly surprised.

Explore my website and learn to think critically about everything (history, religion, psychology, ethics, design, technology, and disaster survival). Be sure to be critical of everything you read, including my ideas.

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