My name is Martin Fischer and I live in Karlsruhe, Germany. The money for
model railroading comes from a large IT Service Provider, where I get paid
for implementing new technology.
I have been model railroading for a long time, following German prototypes in
standard and narrow gauge until I discovered my first Narrow Gauge And Shortline
Gazette and American narrow gauge in 1989.
I'm a firm believer that websites should make best use of HTML without
limiting access for some browsers. So the HTML was validated and thoroughly
tested with several browsers:
Netscape 4.01 and 4.78,
Internet Explorer 5 and 6,
Mozilla 1.1, Konqueror 2.2 and lynx. It works and is usable with all of them. Optimum
results are achieved with a recent browser (Mozilla or current Internet Explorer).
My favorite operating system is LINUX. This site was almost completely done
with freely available software for this system.
Of course, The Gimp
was used to create all
the graphics used here. Especially the scripting feature was helpful in avoiding
WPP The Web Preprocessor
is used to give all the pages a consistent look and reduce the time needed to
replicate design changes to all individual files.
The process of creating the photo galleries was significantly eased by using album
All, except for one older plan, were created using XTrkCAD
a nice trackplanning package available for LINUX as well as Windows.
HTML and related information
There were several sites I found really useful during the design of this site.
The Caching Tutorial
caching works on the Web and helped me solve a problem with my script.
The Yale CAIM Style Guide
taught me a lot about web design. I tried to follow many, but not all, of the ideas
presented there and I hope, I didn't make too many mistakes ;-).
This great collection of articles and links regarding WWW and HTML authoring
me a lot with my own efforts.
The excellent pixel font Silkscreen used in some places can be downloaded from
the designer Jason Kottke's website