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GNU Terry Pratchett

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We were very sad to hear the news of Sir Terry Pratchett’s death. As part of the ongoing ‘GNU Terry Pratchett‘ project, we are offering to add the ‘X-Clacks-Overhead’ header to any of our clients’ websites as a free update.

In the Discworld novel Going Postal, Sir Terry wrote about the death of John Dearheart, an operator of a ‘Clacks’ semaphore tower, and how it was marked by fellow Clacks workers. Dearheart’s name was added to an admin message and sent around the network prefixed with three characters, GNU.

G: send the message on
N: do not log the message
U: turn the message around at the end of the line and send it back again

In this manner the legacy of Dearheart was kept alive by the belief “A man is not dead while his name is still spoken“. Whilst the name of a highly popular author who wrote more than seventy books is unlikely to be forgotten in the immediate future, the GNU project is a light-hearted and fitting tribute.

A free Chrome browser-plugin is available through the Google Webstore which adds a notification icon to the address bar whenever a GNU-supporting website is visited. As well as a large number of personal and small business sites (including our own), many large companies have also joined in and are now using the X-Clacks-Overhead header. These include;

The Guardian
Waterstones
The Register

Further information about the project can be found on the www.gnuterrypratchett.com website.

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Guidance for School Websites

School Website Guidance

In September 2014 the Department for Education published instructions detailing the information all maintained schools must include on their website. We have used this information to produce a check-list of required content a school website must include in order to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

The guide can be downloaded as a PDF from the following link:
Guidance for School Websites v2


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The Ten Commandments of Web Typography

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When it comes to design, typography should never be underestimated. Whether you are designing for print or creating a web page there are several important rules which need to be observed. There are times when it is possible to break several of these typographic laws but if you are presenting large quantities of copy on a web page they should be followed closely.

The ten most important commandments of web typography are as follows;
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