Web Development Resources


This page is part of the Web Development Resources collection.

This section contains further references to HTML, including the official specifications. It also contains numerous reference guides, useful for finding out HTML commands when you're busy.

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HTML: Further Information

HTML: Working and Background Materials
The official guide to HTML from The World Wide Web Consortium. The official specifications of HTML can be found here along with plans for future development.
Composing Good HTML
Make sure you don't pick up any bad habits, learn how to use HTML properly.

HTML: Extensions

Not all browsers conform to the exact HTML specifications. Companies such as Netscape and Microsoft have added numerous unofficial HTML extensions to their products.
Netscape: Creating Net Sites
Netscape's own guide to creating web sites. All of the Netscape HTML enhancements are listed here.
Microsoft Site Builder Workshop
Microsoft's guide to creating web sites. Just like the Netscape site except they want to get you to use their HTML extensions...
Netscape Enhancement Index
A comprehensive guide to the extensions that Netscape has added to HTML. Remember to use them with caution they may make your pages look ugly with other browsers.
What Is Content Negotiation?
As new content types are added to the web the web page designer is faced by the dilemma of whether to use these new additions, which may cause problems for those without the relevant plug-ins, or to ignore them. This site considers this issue and how to best solve it.

HTML: Design & Style

It is important to make sure your site looks good, as well as making sure it contains useful information. Looking good not only means being visually appealing to users of cutting edge browsers, but also to users of low quality browsers who may not own the latest computer. Good design should be visually appealing, but not without conveying a message effectively.
Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design
Lots of web sites look awful. This quick checklist will help you make sure that yours isn't one of them.
Web Design
Lots of well written advice on how to create a web site which will work with all browsers and still look great no matter what computer or web browser a user owns.
Designing an Accessible Web
If you design your pages specifically for one browser it makes it difficult for users of other browsers to view your site. This resource explains how you should design your site so everyone can use it.
Creating Killer Web Sites
Teaches you how to create graphically superb sites, but beware, if you just follow the advice given here your sites won't work with some browsers. Bear in mind the advice from the previous two sites in the list if you go here!
Beyond the Bones of HTML
This site hopes to teach you good design principles, which are very important when developing HTML. Just make sure you don't fall into the same trap as the author of this site did, always use alternative text for your images - your site may look great with Netscape but always be aware of other browsers!
The Sevloid Guide to Web Design
Tips and tricks relating to every aspect of web design, covering page layout, navigation, content and graphics.

HTML: Reference

HTML Elements List
Excellent discussion of every HTML command, including many unofficial additions.
HTML Quick Reference
A short reference guide to the more common HTML commands.
ISO8859-1 Table
Some characters such as &, < and > cannot be used in HTML. Instead you must type a special code, such as &amp; for &. This list gives details of all these special characters.

HTML: Forms

Forms allow users to send feedback about your pages. To interpret this feedback you will need to use a CGI script, however.
Mosaic Fill-Out Form Guide
An excellent guide to the HTML commands you will need to learn to include forms in your pages.
HTML Forms: Submit test
This document shows you how it is possible to have multiple forms on one page as well as many other neat tricks.

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