A free, sweet, valid HTML4 “Site Maintenance” page

So today we have moved servers from the cloud to a physically local server and we needed a “Site Maintenance” page.  A few google searches turned up a simple HTML5 template which I converted to HTML4 and is reproduced hereunder (could not find the original source, aargh):

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"


    <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8">
    <title>Site Maintenance</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      body { text-align: center; padding: 150px; }
      h1 { font-size: 50px; }
      body { font: 20px Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #333; }
      #article { display: block; text-align: left; width: 650px; margin: 0 auto; }
      a { color: #dc8100; text-decoration: none; }
      a:hover { color: #333; text-decoration: none; }

    <div id="article">
    <h1>We&rsquo;ll be back soon!</h1>
        <p>Sorry for the inconvenience but we&rsquo;re performing some maintenance at the moment. If you need to you can always contact us on <b>opig AT stats.ox.ac.uk</b>, otherwise we&rsquo;ll be back online shortly!  Site should be back up on Friday 1st March 2013, 16:00 GMT.</p>
        <p>&mdash; OPIG</p>

And here is what it looks like… (nothing glamorous, you have been warned)


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