This desktop- and mobile-friendly website hosts hundreds of pages spanning more than two decades. Its programming-related topics include books, free software, industry trends, and more. All of its content can be reached from its bottom-of-screen toolbar and search page. Scroll or swipe the toolbar on smaller screens to access all its links (tap first to activate where required); its leftmost "Python Powered" image jumps to this site's home page.
This page covers recent updates, supported browsers, development tools used in this site's construction, and support for mobile devices. For this site's privacy statement, see this page. For the story of the old rmi.net/~lutz site's demise, see this page.
This site grew up with and marginally prefers to be viewed on desktop browsers. It has been verified to render well on all desktop browsers in common use today—including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Per the updates above, a desktop-only caveat regarding toolbar overlays on URL hovers in Edge and Firefox was initially addressed by redesign, and later made moot by fixes in these browsers.
This site can also be read on and has been optimized specifically for mobile browsers—including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera. Although nearly all content here is now mobile friendly, some pages may still be best viewed in landscape mode, due to this site's wealth of text-oriented material. There's more on mobile-browser usage below.
In terms of tech and design, this site uses:
This site is readable on all mobile browsers, and as of February 2018 has been heavily tuned to support smaller screens specifically. Mobile viewport settings alone worsened as many aspects as they improved, but usability issues were fixed with extra design changes, including:
That said, despite the redesign, a few parts of this site are still less than ideal on mobile devices, and others may never be optimized for mobile use. Code listings, for example, may require swipes to view in full; the class workbook is legacy desktop content generated by Word that cannot be easily changed; and the HTML user guides and screenshot galleries of desktop-only programs here have been converted, but for online use only.
In addition, given the volume of content here—most of which is text based and some of which dates back to the mid-1990s—landscape orientation may work better for some pages on smaller screens. Naturally, performance and preference may vary per device, browser, and user, and some browsers have reading-mode converters and text-scaling settings that may further improve user experience.
Like them or not, smaller screens are convenient but inherently limited; the goal here is to accommodate by enhanced style, not to pander by reduced substance. This site's traffic is currently 80–90% desktop browsers (depending on when it's checked), and its main reason for being is to support readers of books and learners of code. If you're not interested in reading words, well, how did you ever get this far?...