"HTML is the LEGO (R) set of the
'90s" -- Eric
What's (January 14, 1996)
"What's the secret to creating great World Wide Web
pages?" This question is probably the Holy Grail of the Internet and is
one that people ask me often. I have long toyed with the idea of putting
together a document containing advice and relevant tools and materials.
The Home Page Construction Set is the product of this idea; a guide to give
you the building blocks to learn the "secrets" of Web authoring.
This is not meant to be a beginners' guide to authoring Web pages (see
HTML Tutorial, Point's
"I Want My
Own WWW Home Page," and, for Georgia Tech students,
"Creating WWW Pages"
to learn the basics). Neither is this a place to look for tips on how to
construct cutting edge "hacks," like
Nor are these pages intended to be complete or even remotely comprehensive.
It is a collection of resources and tips I think Web authors, from
novice to advanced level, can incorporate into their pages to make them
more attractive and readable while reducing errors and loading time. These
pages are filled with things that have helped me as a Web author and
hopefully will help you. In a time of rapid Web growth, it is important to
remember that you can put anything you want on the Internet...but no one
has to read it.
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- How to create high-impact documents with low-impact on the Web
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DOCUMENTATION AND RESOURCES
And if you can't find what you are looking for here, there's always the
Composing Good HTML (Version 2.0)
- Newly revised, this guide points out the common errors in HTML writing
and good practices to adopt. (Caution: 90 Kb)
Creating High-Impact Documents
- A page from Netscape describing GIF interlacing, image resizing, and
other essential tips.
Elements of HTML Style
- Along the same lines as my tips pages, here are some good formatting
ideas to adopt.
HyperText Markup Language Specification Version 3.0
- The official HTML 3.0 draft specification, with descriptions and syntax
of all HTML tags.
Macintosh WWW Resources
- Most Web-related authoring information has been focused on Unix- or
DOS-based machines, leaving Mac users in the dark. But this page brings
together all of the resources a Macintosh author will need.
Netscape Navigator Extensions to HTML 2.0
- The arsenal of the 1994-95 Netscape Revolution on the Web. Note that
several of these tags are now obsolete or discouraged.
Netscape Navigator Extensions to HTML 3.0
- Unlike Navigator Extensions 2.0, these tags more closely adhere to HTML
3.0 proposals. But Netscape is still trying to push the envelope with their
HTML 3.0 proposals.
Pointers to Pointers
- A list of places you can announce your new pages to the world.
Style Guide for Online Hypertext
- Some good mini-essays on Web style from the W3C.
Thalia's Guide for WWW-providers
- A metapage of pointers to Web docs and widgets, with an emphasis on
advanced things, like CGI, format conversion, and HotJava.
Transparent Background Images
- A simple step-by-step tutorial (with visual examples) on how to make your
- Tips for Web
- A former Cool Site of the
Day, this page is full of information. In
fact, I think it's too full. It has links to everything under
the sun rather than focusing on a few good resources. That's not bad, but
you do have to do quite a bit of sorting yourself.
Bob Allison also has an expanded and heralded version of Web Spinners,
called The Web
(Caution: over 85 Kb). Everything under the sun plus everything in
the universe is linked to from there.
Yale C/AIM Web Style Manual
- This manual, while most appropriate for organizational standardization,
includes many helpful and illustrative examples.
Computers: World Wide Web index from Yahoo.
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TOOLS AND WIDGETS
- giftool 1.0
- This utility, which runs on Unix and MS-DOS systems, makes the job of
interlacing GIFs and creating transparent images a snap.
- Thomas Boutell's WYSIWYG imagemap creation utility for Windows and
X-Windows which can create both client- and server-side imagemaps.
The Mozilla Print Gidget
- A nifty on-line HTML to PostScript converter from Netscape.
- Add these neat, free mini-icons from MatterForm Media to add functionality
to your pages. If you haven't visited lately, there are a few new
QBullets in the collection...
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Notes on Backgrounds...
- 30 background tiles to pollute browser windows.
Iain's Textures on the WWW
- Two dozen homemade background textures by Iain Anderson in Australia.
Julianne's Background Textures
- About 500 background images, from the normal to the bizarre.
The KPT Backgrounds Archive
- A short tutorial on how to create seamless background textures with
Adobe Photoshop as
well as a few unique backgrounds.
- Normal Textures
- Natural and nice-looking backgrounds from The Enhanced for
Netscape Hall of Shame.
- Pattern Land!
- Yet another page devoted to Netscape backgrounds...
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Notes on Proofreading and HTML Checking...
UniPress WWW Weblint Interface
- Check your URLs using this WWW front-end to Weblint v.1.012.
Weblint Home Page
- Get more information about Weblint and download a copy of this
syntax-checking perl script.
WebTechs HTML Validation Service
- This relocated service checks your HTML vs. HTML 2.0, 3.0, Netscape,
and HotJava standards.
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(Notes & Credits)