Web Site of Robert John Morton
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Full responsibility for the content of this web site is exclusively mine. No other party, such as any who hosts it on the Internet or publishes it with my permission via any medium, is responsible or liable in any way for its content.
Any part of the content of this web site, no matter how large or small, is to be taken as existing only within the context of the whole of the content of this web site, and nothing but this web site.
The entire content of this web site is my personal observation and opinion taken from my unique personal point of view within time, space and the social order. None of it is a statement of absolute fact.
It is possible to enter this site at any point in its document network. The point at which you enter depends on the search path you took though the World Wide Web or the key words you entered on the search engine you used. Having read the page at which you entered, you can follow one of its links. You may however prefer to move up this site's hierarchy towards its home page, or even go straight to its home page. This is facilitated by the links that usually appear at the bottom of each page.
This site is best viewed with your browser window set to 800 by 800 pixels. The text has been tailored for a best presentation compromise between a variety of browsers. At this window width, the text will be at its neatest when viewed in default size text. However, the site will always present itself in whatever font and type size you have set for your browser. I want as many people as possible to be able to read it - including those of you who need larger type. The search engine applet lists documents on my Web site containing an entered keyword in their meta tags. It allows you to go and view a selected document in the list.
Machine-generated indexes are notoriously useless. Technical manuals produced by certain large well-known names in the IT industry bear overwhelming witness to this. At least, they do to the poor person who has to use them. Semantic indexing - the only effective kind - can only be done by the human mind. This is because at least half the keywords a user will think of when looking for information on a given subject will not actually appear in the content of the most relevant documents. The relevant content will appear in the form of phraseology, which far more powerfully expresses the notions concerned than would the large keywords thought of by the person seeking the information.
Unfortunately, authors of some commercial web sites have abused this principle by inserting what are called 'false attractors' in their keyword meta tags. These are words like 'erotic' which some authors place in their keywords list to attract more visitors to their site. Search engine operators have realised this and responded by building what they call anti-spamming filters into their indexing robots. These penalise documents whose keyword meta tags contain words which to not actually appear in the body text. They do this either by not indexing an 'offending' document at all or by lowering its relevance rating below what it would otherwise be.
It is in my opinion, under present technology, fundamentally impossible for any automated device to make semantic judgements in the context of an index. This is well evinced by the very latest version of a very well known word processor whose grammar checker often gets wrong the use of 'their' and 'there'. Despite the possibility of being penalised by commercially oriented search engines, I have decided to stick with proper practise for meta tag keyword indexing in this web site. I therefore include relevant keywords which do not necessarily appear in the body text so that academic search engines at least will make it better visible to those seeking the information it contains.
- Authored entirely by Robert John Morton in raw HTML
- 604 HTML document files containing well over half a million words of text
- 486 personally created diagrams
- 27 photographs (JPEG files)
- 16 applets built from 52 self-authored Java class files which process and present various kinds of mathematical, scientific, engineering and financial data
- a version of my resume/curriculum vitae in XML
Part of this site won the Study Web 'Award for Academic Excellence'.
This website has previously appeared at "home.clara.net/robmorton" and http://users.computerweekly.net/robmorton/