It is important to write HTML documents that look good on any combination
of browsers and computers, not just the ones you use. Here are some basic
guidelines as to what constitutes good form :
Most importantly, have fun!
- KISS (Keep It Simple
Stupid!) : Emphasise content. Remember, you have little
control over how a particular browser/computer combination is going to
display your documents.
- If you use advanced HTML formatting, offer the user a plain version
too. Their browser may not be able to interpret the newer tags.
- Keep in mind that not all browsers can display fancy graphics.
- Images are wonderful but the source files are often very large. This
means that they will take a long time to load. If you have a particularly
large document or image in your web pages, it is good practice to warn the
user about the size before they try to access it.
- Avoid the phrase Click Here. Not all browsers activate
hyperlinks by clicking with a mouse.
- Try not to
This leads to a cluttered, messy look and is tiring to view.
- Be careful in your choice of colours. If you change the background
colour, it may be necessary to change the link and text colours as well.
Insure sufficient contrast and be aware that many printers are unable to
print light-coloured text on a dark background.
- Don't try to fill the screen. Judicious use of white space adds to the
readability and attractiveness of a document.
- It is considered good etiquette to sign and date your pages.
<BLINK> is an abomination.
- Don't expect to ever complete your web pages to your satisfaction. You
will always be diddling with them!
There are a number of HTML tutorials available on line. The following
links have HTML tutorials (or pointers to them) of varying degrees of
Is accessibility important to you? These pages discuss various aspects of
web design :
Further information and various web goodies may be found here :
[HTML Tutorial Home Page]
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