What I consider when devising in HTML..
- A page is but a page, is but a page. You will never run out of
why cram everything onto just one? Spread the wealth. Conjure a web... I
keep individual pages to less than 10K, in part because my attention
only 12K, and also because I realize many people have slow links.
- Keep a dictionary handy.
- Always give a <title>. I dread becoming lost in the nameless
of titles, all saying 'No Name.'
- You'll have to decide how you want things to appear. I find text in
this size appealing. (<h4> header for Mosaic browsers, default for
Netscape.. <ul>text<ul> is approximately the same size and
effect for both).
- Test your pages on your own computer before you add them
to your heirarchy of documents on the server. Most browsers have an
'open', or 'open local' function to do this.
- For scripts, testing is especially important. There is nothing more
disappointing that linking to a form or script that doesn't work.
- Keep in mind that different browsers present things differently. If
you have the time, try looking at your documents with different
browsers (Mosaic, Netscape, Lynx) to make sure anyone can read and
Words take up lots of space.
- Pictures do wonders. Spread them liberally within your pages BUT..
- For the multitudes with 'slow-links' I follow convention, and leave
'thumbnail-sized' inline .gif that can be beclickéd to open the
- The potent effect of mpeg movies should not be underestimated.
- Tansparent .gifs will make the crowds oooh and ahh, if used
in deserving spots.
- .. and as to in-line images. If you are going to put it on your
it look *nice.* Scanners have a tendency to wash-out colors and
contrast. Take the extra bit of effort to return your pictures to their
- Give the size of your anchored pictures or mpegs in parenthesis next
the in-line icon, so people can determine if they want to download a
- When making a direct link to a picture at another site, I always
the site carrying the image by placing a hypertext link next to the link
How much switch could a rich witch itch if a hitched glitch switched
- Once you get to know them, <FORMS> are really not all that
bad. Do not
let them intimidate you. Perseverence is the key to their mastery.
- If you are fortunate enough to have use of a language for writing
hand at it. There are freely distributable scripts in perl that will
input from FORMs. All you have to do is think of feindishly
to do with that input. If I can do it, so can you..
- Hypertext links at the bottom of each page, leading to the previous
added nicety, particularly if multiple pages link to that document.
- Give your email address at the bottom of every page using the
firstname.lastname@example.org</address> tag. You never know who may want