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Security News


The Security News site was created in the mid-winter of 1999. It has always been updated weekly.

The Security News was created and is maintained by Charles A. Upsdell.

The following gives an overview of the page layout. Because the layout depends somewhat on how well a browser honours the browser standards, better browsers render pages more faithfully. The following information is therefore prescriptive, not descriptive.

Page Size

The page width depends on the width of the browser window: the preferred width is 56 em units; but if this would be wider than the browser window, the width is reduced to fit within the window. The user should never have to scroll horizontally unless they browse with a device having a tiny screen, such as a web-enabled cellphone, and even then the need to scroll horizontally is reduced by much content that dynamically adapts to small screens.

Because an em unit is the height of a character in the user’s preferred font size, the preferred 56 em page width is wider if the user’s preferred font size is larger, and narrower if their font size is smaller. The result is that about the same number of characters appear on each line, no matter what the font size is, whenever the browser window is wide enough for the preferred page width.


The colour theme is black, white, maroon, red, and shades of orange.

Links to pages within the domain are coloured medium blue (if not visited) or patriarch purple (if visit­ed). Links to other domains are coloured bright blue (if not visited) or bright purple (aka magenta) (if visited).

Text links to other domains are followed by the icon external link. Exception : text links to and www.​amazon.​com do not have the icon. Exception : text links to PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, and Microsoft Excel documents are instead followed by the icons , , and , respectively, and links to Wikipedia pages are followed by the icon .


The font size is larger if the user prefers larger fonts, and smaller if the user prefers smaller fonts. The size of most body text is the user’s preferred size; in special cases, such as menus and details, the size is a tad smaller, for example, “This Size for Menus”. Headers are sized proportionately, hence are larger when the user prefers larger fonts, and smaller when the user prefers smaller fonts.

The font used depends on which fonts are installed. The site names a list of fonts (also known as a font stack), and the browser uses the first font in the list which is installed and for which each character exists. The fonts are chosen for compatibility with Windows, MacOS, and Linux. The list of fonts is:

Spelling Issues

This site uses Canadian English.

This site uses the diæresis diacritical mark, when appropriate, e.g. in the word reüse.

This site uses the grave diacritical mark, when appropriate, e.g. in the word markèd.