Going Retro

This page may not be much to look at, but it really does say a lot about me, which is, I believe, the point of a site with the domain name michaelnorton.me. I have elected, at least for the time being, to code this site using the HTML 1.1 (aka HTML+) Specification. From 1993. Where my web development adventure began. This is what the web looked like, way back when, in the olden days.


What I'm Working On

A Gathering of Poets
I am first and foremost a writer. Even my development career started when a backpacking buddy, who knew I wrote, recommended his software firm contract me to write a technical manual. And so naturally I feel called to A Gathering of Poets, hosted by Press 53. As soon as I saw the name, I knew I had to go. Read more at wordsmyths.
Amazon Alexa Skill: the Poet Laureate
I just published my first Amazon Alexa skill, Poet Laureate, which reads random poems by Emily Dickinson. This is just a first iteration, primarily intended to work out the process of getting an Alexa Skill up and running. Future iterations will delve deeper into the nuances of conversational computing and aural interfaces. Read more at wordsmyths.
Retro HTML
To describe my current activities (this), I have dusted off some old tags from the early days of HTML, still valid though rarely used anymore. The DL, DT and DD tags--Definition List, Definition Term and Definition Definition--reveal the original nature of HTML, to present academic papers over a network. To make life even more interesting, not only am I using archaic tags, I am coding them with that venerable graybeard of editors, vi. I am in no hurry. I have already been here.

<DL>
	<DT><B>A Gathering of Poets</B></DT>
	<DD>
		I am first and foremost a writer. Even my development career started when a backpacking buddy, who knew I wrote, recommended his software firm contract me to write a technical manual. And so naturally I feel called to <a href="http://www.press53.com/Gathering_of_Poets.html" target="_blank">A Gathering of Poets</a>, hosted by <a href="http://www.press53.com/">Press 53</a>. As soon as I saw the name, I knew I had to go. Read more at <a href="http://www.wordsmyths.us/">wordsmyths</a>.
        
	</DD>
	<DT><B>Amazon Alexa Skill: the Poet Laureate</B></DT>
	<DD>
		I just published my first Amazon Alexa skill, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Norton-Poet-Laureate/dp/B06WVM9VTM" target="_blank">Poet Laureate</a>, which reads random poems by Emily Dickinson. This is just a first iteration, primarily intended to work out the process of getting an Alexa Skill up and running. Future iterations will delve deeper into the nuances of conversational computing and aural interfaces. Read more at <a href="http://www.wordsmyths.us/">wordsmyths</a>.
        
	</DD>
	<DT><B>Retro HTML</B></DT>
	<DD>
		To describe my current activities (<i>this</i>), I have dusted off some old tags from the early days of HTML, still valid though rarely used anymore. The DL, DT and DD tags--Definition List, Definition Term and Definition Definition--reveal the original nature of HTML, to present academic papers over a network. To make life even more interesting, not only am I using archaic tags, I am coding them with that venerable graybeard of editors, vi. I am in no hurry. I have already been here.
	</DD>
</DL>



The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Variorum Edition)

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R. W. Franklin's classic edition.
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