ERIC'S TIPS FOR WEB AUTHORS
- HTML is not case-sensitive. That means you
don't have to capitalize the tags. Don't waste your time, because an HTML
browser doesn't care--it could be <STRONG>, <strong>,
<StRoNg>, <Strong>, etc.--it matters not. I used to spend
a lot of time making sure my tags were uppercase--talk about misused
energy! Whether you choose to put your tags in all uppercase or not is a
matter of personal preference. Just be consistent in how you capitalize your
- Do not use the <BLINK> tag. It is and the same effect can be accomplished in
other ways. I suppose there are circumstances when <BLINK> is
appropriate, but the situation would have to be very dire.
- Do NOT use a </> tag as a generic end tag.
This tends to "break" some browsers, plus it makes reading your source
much more difficult. Spend a few seconds more and properly terminate your
- Avoid using a ridiculously small font size (Netscape).
Often used with disclaimers and copyright notices, <FONT SIZE=1>
requires a magnifying glass to read. If you can read this and you're
using Netscape, you're too close.
- Stay away from the (Netscape) registered trademark and
copyright character entities. One feature of HTML is the ability to
represent characters not typically found on a keyboard (such as Æ,
é, ñ, etc.). These characters are found in the
ISO Latin 1
character set. Netscape has introduced two new "character entities,"
which represent the symbols for registered trademark (R) and copyright (C).
While ® and © will
render correctly on Netscape & Mosaic browsers (® and ©), they will
appear as ® and © on other browsers. This means, for
example, a copyright notice using the new character entity may appear as,
"Copyright © 1996."
Instead of using the Netscape-introduced entities, use the 174th and 169th
characters of the ISO Latin 1 set. These characters correspond to the
(R) and (C) symbols and should display properly on browsers using ISO
Latin 1 (even some text browsers!). Place ® in
your source for a registered trademark symbol or ©
for a copyright symbol. These ampersand sequences will cause those
symbols to render correctly on the largest number of browsers.
Alternately, you can omit the symbols and use the following text-only
- Copyright <year> <owner>.
- Example: Copyright 1996 Eric Sasaki
- <product name> is a Registered Trademark of <owner>
- Example: AcmeX is a Registered Trademark of Acme, Inc.
- Stop using the <CENTER> tag. You can now center
(or right-justify) text and other elements using the
ALIGN=CENTER (or ALIGN=RIGHT) attribute in conjunction with your tags.
While this doesn't work on all browsers, it is more standard way of aligning
elements than using <CENTER>. Here are some examples of ALIGN in use:
- <P ALIGN=CENTER>This text will be centered</P>
- <DIV ALIGN=RIGHT>All elements between the tags will be
- <H1 ALIGN=CENTER>You can center your headlines too!</H1>
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