Web Site Creation

[this page last updated 2009.4.27.a]

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Some useful advice from iLibrarian is in A Guide to Website Design.

One of the popular methods used by many professionals is to creation web sites in a standards-compliant browser, such as Firefox. Later, they try to make it work as well in Microsoft Internet Explorer (any version) as well. Relying on tricks that work only in IE may make it difficult to use the site properly with any other browser, and since Firefox has up to 1/3 of the browser market now, this could knock out 1/3 of your potential visitors.

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Firefox Add-Ons for Web Site Creation

Firefox has some useful add-ons (also called extensions) which make web pages easier to create and revise.

One of these is Web Developer created by Chris Pederick. This has a number of useful features for working with HTML and CSS.

Another is Link Evaluator, which checks links on a web page for you. It is “designed to help users evaluate the availability of online resources linked to from a given Web page. When started, it automatically follows all links on the current page, and assesses the responses of each URL (link).

Link Evaluator examines both the HTTP status code and the page contents returned by each URL, and attempts to distinguish between various results such as:

  • broken links (404)
  • network time-outs
  • authentication failure, and
  • “incorrect” content for the given URL.

After each link is checked, it is highlighted with a color based on the relative success of the result: green for fully successful, shades of yellow for partly successful, and red for unsuccessful.”

CSS : Cascading Style Sheets

A major part of web sites now is using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). These help to give a more uniform look to a web site, and help to avoid repeating a lot of coding on individual pages.

The latest posts on CSS are available by clicking here.

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