Main Line Commodore User Group


Designing Web Pages

A collection of tips and thoughts about creating a well designed web site. Assembled for MLCUG, Feb 11, 2006.


Know your audience


Document/Site Structure

Markup Tags

Detailed descriptions of these tags taken from the NCSA Html Primer.


Tag Descriptions


Details here


The Nitty Gritty



One of the important maxims of computer programming is: Be conservative in what you produce; be liberal in what you accept.

Browsers follow the second half of this maxim by accepting Web pages and trying to display them even if they're not legal HTML. Usually this means that the browser will try to make educated guesses about what you probably meant. The problem is that different browsers (or even different versions of the same browser) will make different guesses about the same illegal construct; worse, if your HTML is really pathological, the browser could get hopelessly confused and produce a mangled mess, or even crash.

That's why you want to follow the first half of the maxim by making sure your pages are legal HTML. The best way to do that is by running your documents through one or more HTML validators.

One such beast is the W3C Validator.

Common Mistakes

Cascading Style Sheets

Many of the notes and quotes above came from:

Last modified: Sat Feb 11 08:28:53 2006

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