Hello. I’m Chris Fortey, a developer who enjoys swimming and sports, but I’ve still not quite mastered swimming butterfly. Skilled in designing and developing web and business applications.
First in BSc (Hons) Multimedia Computing
Leicester De Montfort University - September 1999 to July 2003
W3Cx - WAI0.1x Introduction to Web Accessibility
Cromwell Tools Group Ltd2/02/2007 to present
Maintaining and creating internal applications for the company. During this time I worked as an Assistant Business System Developer, Web Administrator (doing development) and finally as a business System Developer.
B2B Web Consultants 22/09/2004 to 02/08/2005
Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility01/07/2001 to 12/07/2002
Worked as a Webmaster, responsible for on going maintenance of website using HTML and CSS. Prototyped an online journal.
After running for a couple of years, in 2010 I trained for and then completed the Leicester half marathon.View details of my half marathon
In 2012, I folowed up the half marathon by training for and then completing the Leicester marathon.View details of my marathon
I enjoy swimming, having been qualified as a pool lifeguard in the past, I have also held other Royal Life Saving Society awards. I regularly take classes at the local gym. Below are two step routines I found online and enjoy.
I enjoy playing the Nintendo Zelda games, I've played all the 3D games from the N64 to Switch as well as many of the 2D Zelda games. Highlights of the series for me are The Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild. Online, I enjoy playing Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 taking part in the last two splatfest (Mayo Vs Ketchup 2020 and Chicken vs. Egg 2020).
I also enjoy playing retro Sega MegaDrive and MegaCD games on the Sega MultiMega, which is a combined MegaDrive and MegaCD. A hightlight of being able to play MegaCD games is that it gave me the chance to play Snatcher, a cyberpunk graphic adventure game, which I first came across as a teenager but wasn't able to play.
Employment and Dyslexia Handbook
In 2009, my dyslexia success stories was included in the Employment and Dyslexia Handbook 2009 (9781872653976) by the British Dyslexia Association.
- British Dyslexia Association - a national organization in the UK for dyslexia.
- Made By Dyslexia - a global dyslexia charity.
- Leicestershire Dyslexia Association - a charity working in Leicestershire that I attended.
- The Dyslexia Association - support and services for dyslexic the wider community
- De Montfort University's Disability advice and support
- University of Leicester's Supporting Students with Dyslexia
- Hi2u - a site on ADHD, Dyslexia and other hidden impairment
- Arran Dyslexia
Asterix in Britian
I’ve always enjoy the Asterix books, but Asterix in Britain would have to be my favourite, from the opening page I enjoyed the way fun it pokes at British stereo types, playing on British reserve, a lack of displaying emotion and speaking in what ho Bertie Wooster manor.
I partially enjoyed the open pages when the Brits stop fighting the Romans each day at 5.00 for a spot of hot water (no tea) yet and stop fighting all together at the weekends. Julius Caesar (a great strategist) only fights at 5.00 week days and all day the weekend, to which the British reply "Oh, say, the cads!". More info on Asterix in Britian.
Human Nature / Family of Blood
One of my favourite Doctor Who stories, a clever story that touches on war, class, race, gender, but all told from the perspective of the views that the people in story would have held at the time (they are of there time you could sasy).
Children fighting prior to Wolrd War 1 is a strong image and I was supprised that the BBC would get this close to child soldiers in a fmaily show, but the best is John Smith wrestling with coming the Doctor again, and what type of person the Doctor must be is a scene full of emotion. More info on Human Nature / Family of Blood.
From Russia With Love
Having read the Bond Novels when I was younger, From Russia with Love is by far my favourite. Strangely, a large part of the beginning of the book doesn’t feature Bond at all and sets or the Russian plot, which unroll slowly building up the tension. The novel not only feels much more grounded then other Bond stories but also feels like a cold war spy triller.
As well as believing From Russia with Love to be the best of the novels, From Russia with Love stand out as the best of the films. While making changes to the novel, it still retains the feeling of a cold war spy triller, is less over the top and feels much closer the the novels than any other of the films. More info on From Russia With Love.
- A Introduction to Web Accessibility course and the Web Accessibility Tutorials by the W3C.
- The Juicy Studio Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser.
- An article on how we hold our gadgets.
- A handly intro to CSS grids, watch CSS Grid Changes Everything on YouTube.
- CSS Grid for Designers
- A easy to follow guide to CSS flexbox.
- The CSS Zen Garden may no longer be updated, but I've always enjoyed seeing what can be achieved with just CSS.
- Deck is a pure CSS dynamic website showcasing the use of CSS Grids.
- Don’t Make Me Think, my favourite web related book.
- Attack of the Zombie Copy, a quick short article on copy writing.
- The Web Design Museum has a collection of old webistes and tool.
- The Interface Hall of Shame shows examples of bad interfaces. My favourite example, being asking to delete files to free up space to perform a delete.
- Can I use
- The Art of Code by Dylan Beattie.
- Arrows vs Armour - Medieval Myth Busting from Tod's Workshop