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Friday, May 29, 2009

Web Designing (Build Your Own Website)

Web Site Development Information

Try these Web authoring resources and tips and our three-pronged Pitchfork Approach to Web authoring:

choose a design standard for your pages like 'world wide accessibility' versus something less universal.
test, test, test.. to make sure your design features degrade gracefully in diverse web browsing environments and screen configurations.
use commonly accepted good site design practices Topics include HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Design & Style, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Accessibility, Usability, and Web Standardization.

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Top Ten Resources

Designing For Multiple Browsers Without Being Bland
A concise, sober, and BRIEF description of a good Web authoring strategy. Other fine articles by the author include What You See is Not What Others Get and Widen Your Web Site's Audience. Stephen Traub.
Getting Started with HTML
A primer to Learning HTML 3.2 by Examples, this is a comprehensive and succinct guide to writing standard HTML. Jukka Korpela.

Web Site Design Tips

Web site design tips for the beginner to the expert. A great collection of classic web site design tips that will build a strong foundation for any new web designer.

The Web Design Group Reference Section

Excellent background information and technical details on HTML authoring. Web Design Group.

Designing for The Web

A series of informative articles on Web site design, including A Web Site is a Harsh Mistress & Rules of Thumb. The special focus is on complementing Web design skills with competence in interface design. Don't miss Web Site Design. Diane Wilson.
Usable Information Technology
An expansive resource on usability and user interface issues -- featuring several extremely challenging and well-researched essays on Web design and style. Jakob Nielsen.
Understanding HTML
An outstanding presentation of HTML basics by an Australian with a fine writing style. Dianne Gorman.

Hints for Web Authors

A short yet insightful historical analysis of conventional vs. Web publishing, Hints for Web Authors is replete with solid recommendations on how to succeed with the latter, including a few pragmatic suggestions mixed in there for good measure, "...in hopes that others may find 'em useful." Warren Steel.

Dan's Web Tips

This huge resource contains a balanced summary review of most of today's important Web authoring topics. Daniel Tobias.
HyperText Markup Language
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) home page for HTML. Here you will find pointers to specifications for HTML, guidelines for how to use HTML to the best effect and pointers to related work at W3C. W3C.

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