Design Tips for Your Web Page
- As for any publication, define your purpose and audience.
- Begin with a simple but easily expandable plan. Simplicity
will facilitate access for your audience and maintenance for
you. Writing the design on paper is a good first step.
- Plan your organization around the way your reader
will use the page. A site map will help you envision the best
- Use page size divisions.
- Use appropriate navigational links.
- Consider technique of tables (without borders) to create
pleasing look and efficient organization
- Apply 3-5 rule of design. Roughly 3-5 proportion for layout, or 3-5
blocks of information.
- Include author identification, both individual writer and
institution if appropriate), the date, and (optional) a copyright notice -- ©. In FrontPage, look under the Insert menu
for Symbol as well as Date and Time which the software will
- Provide a consistent look in your design. (After creating an
appropriate design and navigational links, you can copy the file and use it as
a template for additional pages.)
- Create balance and clarity in placing text and graphics
and use white space appropriately.
- Consider page weight, size of files, which affects download time
for users. The main concern is graphics and other non-text files. Limit the
size of graphics use software to check page download time.
To avoid pitfalls:
- Don't format for a particular browser or monitor.
- Use a spell checker and proofread.
- Always check pages on the server after saving
Guides to Web Authoring
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