Version 1.1 (released June 4, 1996) is a primarily-technical revision of "Last Writes?" Version 1.0 (released February 5, 1996). It looks best with Netscape 2.01 and higher. Several minor errors have been corrected and a number of hypertext links have been added; otherwise the original text remains intact.
Version 1.1 of "Last Writes?" incorporates the following new features:
- Enhanced design. The title banner, page layout and color scheme of "Last Writes?" have been dramatically improved to increase legibility and comprehensibility. A reader scrolling through the present version of the article can quickly pick up its argument from specially-highlighted portions of the text. Oversize red initials have been added to emphasize section headings.
- Margins. Side margins have been added to enhance on-screen legibility and improve the document's overall appearance.
- Paragraph numbering. Page numbering is not possible in a medium without readily-discernable "pages." Paragraph numbering is the logical alternative, but to this point it has been resisted as too much of an intrusion in the text. Here I've attempted a compromise by using a light color to make the numbering as unobstrusive as possible while still leaving it legible. The paragraph numbering of this paper includes both section and paragraph indicators (e.g. "2.3" designates the second section, paragraph two) enabling readers to know at a glance exactly where they are in the text - much more precisely, in fact, than if page numbers had been used. A convenient side-effect of the present paragraph-numbering scheme is a form of paragraph indentation which is not yet formally possible in HTML.
- In-line graphics.The black-and-white images in this document were shot/scanned and then most of them were reduced to 4-bit format to save memory. The color images were reproduced from on-line originals and then reduced to 8-bit format. All images are in the public domain or are used here by permission.
- Footnote superscripts. Footnotes in this document look much like their print models, and are less intrusive than they were in Version 1.0. Readers will note, however, that superscripts have not been been perfected in this version of Netscape; footnote numbers occuring at or just over ends of lines sometimes appear unsuperscripted notwithstanding correct HTML coding.
- Introductory audio quote. It has long been customary for writers to introduce their papers with a printed quotation or epigraph. The audio capacities of the Web makes it possible to include quotations as originally spoken and recorded.
- Audio summary. Taking further advantage of the audio capacities of the Web, Version 1.1 includes an audio summary of the paper for the convenience of persons with visual disabilities, and for the benefit of other individuals who for reasons of convenience or simple curiosity would like to hear the text read by the author.