... no, "vi" is not the server hosting this homepage.
In fact it's a tool for creating web pages - IMHO one of the most suitable,
but this is up to everyone's own judgement.
vi is a plain text editor, i.e. it generates pure ASCII text (just like
Window's editor Notepad). Among the plain text editors vi has kind of an
exceptional position in two respects: first it is available on almost every
operating system platform from Unix, Linux to DOS and Windows and many more
exotic ones and second it is mostly considered to be especially "hard
core" as it is controlled by an enormous number of cryptic key codes
instead of menues (Ok, now there are also some versions supporting elements
of graphical user interfaces...).
Don't worry - this is not about convincing
anyone from using extreme or exotic software or to show off with its usage.
Any other ASCII editor will do as well (occasionally I'm using others myself,
example). What I'm really aiming at is that the web pages you're just
reading were not created by some killer HTML-generator application like
Frontpage, Pagemill or what ever in which case not even the pages' author
would know what the pages actually contain in the end. Unnoticed by the
unaware/unexperienced user those website generators are usually including
techniques in the pages that are absolutely unnecessary for that web project,
thus limiting the number of viewers that can access the web site with their
browser and moreover imposing unnegligible privacy and security risks on
I don't want to repeat the complete standard sermon about
security and privacy risks in the web (see Best
viewed with any browser), but advertise to use only tools of which you
understand how they work and that are appropriate for the task you're
undertaking. A german saying calls this "shooting at sparrows
with canons", which most evidently raises the risk of "collateral
A glance at the basics and the lessons learned from it usually don't mean
any harm to anyone ;-) .
*I'm not liable for the
content of external web pages!