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Web Design

General HTML Programming

Dave Raggett's Introduction to HTML
...a short introduction to writing HTML. Many people still write HTML by hand using tools such as NotePad on Windows, or SimpleText on the Mac. This guide will get you up and running. Even if you don't intend to edit HTML directly and instead plan to use an HTML editor such as Netscape Composer, or W3C's Amaya, this guide will enable you to understand enough to make better use of such tools and how to make your HTML documents accessible on a wide range of browsers.
 
The Compendium of HTML Elements
A Reference Manual of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Comprehensive, to say the least.
 
WebReference.com (sm)
"The Webmaster's Reference Library". An online publication with articles and columns on many aspects of cutting-edge Web page design. I learned JavaScripting from the Doc JavaScript column.
 
Dynamic HTML in Netscape Communicator
This book describes how to use Dynamic HTML to incorporate style sheets, positioned content, and downloadable fonts in your web pages.
 

HTML Tools

[iMatix Logo] iMatix Software
Software tools including Htmlpp (used to construct these web pages), Libero, Xitami, etc.
 
Clean up your Web pages with HTML TIDY
When editing HTML it's easy to make mistakes. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a simple way to fix these mistakes automatically and tidy up sloppy editing into nicely layed out markup? Well now there is! Dave Raggett's HTML TIDY is a free utility for doing just that. It also works great on the atrociously hard to read markup generated by specialized HTML editors and conversion tools, and can help you identify where you need to pay further attention on making your pages more accessible to people with disabilities...
 

Finer points of Style & Content

The Web Robots Pages
All you ever wanted to know about webcrawlers and other robots...
 
ALT texts in IMG
"..On the WWW, I see a lot of confusion about the appropriate use of ALT texts in HTML. Although the finer points could be argued, I believe the general principles are more or less as I have set them out in this note."
 
W3C HTML Validation Service
This is an easy-to-use HTML validation service based on an SGML parser. It checks HTML documents for compliance with W3C HTML Recommendations and other HTML standards. Validate this page!
 
A List Apart
An online website design magazine. I don't agree with everything published here, but it is interesting reading.
 
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen's site (Usable Information Technology)
A really excellent monthly column on the fine art of web site usabililty design. In particular, look for the columns on Top Ten Mistakes of Web Page Design.
 

Toys to put on web pages

[9999] The Museum of Counter Art Digits and Numbers for Web Counters
More variations on the digits 0-9 than you ever imagined. Useful with graphical counters.
 
MapQuest!
Need a map on your web-page?
 
Matt's Script Archive
A source of Perl scripts for CGI applications: hit counter, mail form, guest book, etc.
 
Alternatives to Yahoo's Webring Nav Thingy
Those of you who have joined a webring hosted by Yahoo's Webring service have found out that you are restricted to a single mysterious line of Javascript to display your Webring Navigation thingy. You don't get to roll your own, and have no idea what's buried in that script-- until now. I took apart what the script delivers to your browser, analysed it, and extracted the relevant URLs. Now Yahoo Webring users can enjoy the same simple, flexible Webring Navigation buttons, links or thingies that us old Webring.Org users did. Have fun, roll your own, leave out Yahoo's sneaky 1x1 hit-tracking GIFs... After all, it's none of their business who looks at your page unless they actually click on a webring link.
 

Web Browsers

Lynx Information
Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8 runs on VMS, Un*x, Windows 95 and NT but not 3.1 or 3.11, and on DOS (on a 386 or higher) via DJGPP.
 
mozilla.org
Mozilla Web Browser; it's quite stable now, (with a few remaining quirks), and fast. I like it.
 

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