HTML GUIDES & REFERENCES
This page is part of the Web Development Resources
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.
- 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.
Not all browsers conform to the exact HTML specifications. Companies such as
Netscape and Microsoft have added numerous unofficial HTML extensions to their
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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 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 & for &.
This list gives details of all these special characters.
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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