By Jennifer Kyrnin
Web Images that Display at Home and on the Web
One of the most common problems beginners have is with getting their images
to display both on their local hard drive and on the Web site. Learn why this
happens and how you can fix it.
Do You Want This Job?
Many people learn HTML with the goal of becoming a professional Web developer,
but do you know what the job really entails? It's not all peaches and cream.
Learn some of the "cons" in a job that some feel has only "pros".
Validating for Accessibility
Creating accessible pages is easy if you have the tools to check your site.
With Bobby, you can make sure that your pages are accessible to all.
K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Silly!
When you are creating a Web site, keep your HTML simple. Tag bloat is difficult
to read and modify later, and can create pages that are overly complex. The most
common culprit is the <table> tag.
Push Technology - XML In Action
It's easy to set up a Web site with push technology using the XML application
CDF or Channel Definition Format.
Get the most out of your cascading style sheets. Learn how to use font and text
properties and change the look of your HTML and XML.
Basic Meta Tags
Meta tags are a great way to get your site seen by search engines. But what
are they exactly? What tasks do they perform and how do you use them?
Your First Style Sheet
CSS is not as hard as you might think. It's easy to change the fonts on your
Web page using Cascading Style Sheets.
How Should My XML Look?
XML doesn't define how a document should look when it's displayed. It's easy to
use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to define how your XML documents should look.
Tools to Read (Parse) Your XML
Many Web developers think that XML is just a new version of HTML that is viewed
in Web browsers. Learn about XML parsers.
Quick HTML Refresher
Five quick tips to keep your pages looking good, loading quickly, and keeping
your readers happy.
Well Formed XML and HTML
When you write XML that can be ready by an XML parser, your XML is well formed.
How does that relate to HTML and XHTML?
Why Won't My Page Display As I Wrote It?
Browser caching can cause your page to not display even after you have edited it
and re-uploaded it. Learn how to fix this once and for all.
What is a DTD?
The Document Type Definition or DTD is the basic building block of an XML
document. Learn the parts of a DTD and how to write your own.
Ways to Submit Your Forms
When you build an HTML form, you need to think about how your readers are going
to submit the data to the CGI. There are three basic methods.
DTDs and Markup Languages
Learn what a DTD or Document Type Definition is and how you use them in XML
and HTML documents.
Installing a Guestbook
If you're looking to add a guestbook or other CGI to your site, you will find
that it is much easier than you might think. You can choose to use a guestbook
on another site, or you can even learn how to install a CGI on your own server.
XML is a very generic language, and as such, can be confusing to understand.
However, once you understand some basic principles you can start creating XML
documents that are well-formed and valid.
What is XML?
Extensible Markup Language is not an off-shoot of HTML, in fact, it is the
creator of languages like HTML. Learn what it is and how it relates to HTML.
Form vs. Function - XML-like HTML Tags
There are several HTML tags that look a lot like XML. But what does that really
mean? Learn about why some tags were deprecated in XHTML 1.0 and some specific
tags that weren't.
What is Text?
Writing HTML requires that you use a text editor. But what does that mean? Why
can't you use Word to write Web pages? Text, to a computer, is different than
you might think.
What are All Those "ML"s?
HTML is based off of SGML, and XHTML is based XML, but what do those letters mean?
What exactly is a markup language? And how do they all relate?
The Top of Your Pages
When you're working on your Web pages it's easy to get distracted by the content
and forget about the hidden information at the top of your Web page. Learn what
that information does for your page.
Safety on the Web
The Web is a wild and mostly non-regulated place, but you can build Web sites
that have any content you would like, but are still rated age-appropriate and
safe for children and corporations.
Changing Font Attributes
When you change your font type, you make your page more unique. This tutorial
will explain how to change the color, size, and face of your text. All with
one HTML tag.
Copyright on the Web
Just because you can easily copy images and text from a Web page does not mean
you're not violating copyright law. Learn some of the common misconceptions about
copyright and the Web.
More on International Pages
It's important to think about dates, phone numbers, and the platform your readers
are on. Global sites can be challenging to run, there is a lot to remember.
Using Non-English Letters
If you're going to write a Web site in a language other than English, then
you need to know how to use non-English special characters. Learn why there
are special characters and how to use them.
Writing Web Sites for a Global Audience
The Web is a global endeavor, but does your site reflect that? You could be
getting customers or readers from around the world, but if you alienate them,
they won't return.
Meta Refresh Tag
There is a special tag in the <head> of your HTML document that will
reload the current page, or force your readers to go to a new page.
Advice on Freelance Web Development
Learn how to get started being a freelance Web developer. In interviews with
five freelancers, you'll learn what it takes, what's hard, and the rewards.
Types of Web Files
There are many different extensions on Web sites, and they all mean different
things. Find out the difference between .htm and .html and what a .shtml file is,
as well, as lots of other Web file types.
If you design pages to look good in both Netscape and Internet Explorer, then
you should probably think about the ramifications of a new browser out there.
WebTV provides interesting challenges for the Web Developer.
Tables are a challenge for the new HTML developer, but they can be done, and
you will find that they are not as difficult as they seem. These frequently asked
questions will help you get a sense of how to write tables.
Are Cookies Dangerous?
Cookies are only as "dangerous" as you allow them to be. You can turn them
off, or you can ignore them, or you can simply avoid providing the information
you don't want other people to have.
Adding Streaming Audio Files
Add RealAudio streaming audio to your Web site. Use it for newsfeeds, information,
music, and much more. Learn to stream from a streaming server or an HTTP server.
Improving on the Image Tag
Using images is key to having an interesting Web page. But there is more to the
IMG tag than just the source of the image. Learn how to use it effectively.
Adding an IE Favorites Icon
When your readers bookmark your pages in Internet Explorer, do they get a
customized icon to represent your site? Learn how to create one and add it
to your site quickly and easily.
Adding Images to EBay
Your EBay advertisement will be much more effective if you include a photo
of what you're selling. And it's much easier to do than you think.
Secure Web Sites and Servers
Security on Web sites is important. It is an easy way for crackers to break in
to your computer, but there are some simple things you can do to make it more
Book Review: Pocket Guides
Good things come in small packages, and these tiny books are a lifesaver for
the desperate Web developer.
Colorizing the Web
Beginning HTML tips on adding color to your Web site.
Writing a PDA Friendly Web Site
Learn tips and techniques to write a Palm friendly Web site.
Use Cascading Style Sheets to position your HTML elements precisely where you want
"Sticky" Web Pages
Focus on more than just getting people to come to your site. Get them to stay and
browse through your site.
Sending HTML Email
Why send plain text email when you can send formatted email with images, links,
forms and more?
Using Browser Safe Colors
When you use browser safe colors on your Web site, you ensure that your page will
look the same (color-wise) on the largest number of browsers.
Mail Links on Your Web Site
Contact pages are the best way to build a rapport with your customers. But you
don't want to set up something that you can't handle or that allows spammers
free access to your mail.
Using an HTML Validator
Problems with your Web page often are caused by incorrect HTML code. HTML
validators are available to help you write correct HTML code.
Open Two Frames with One Link
Links usually open only one window, but with DHTML you can open two windows
with just one click.
Pages that download fast are more than just fast HTML, they have well designed
images. Learn to optimize your images.
Maintaining a large Web site with multiple content developers can be easy if
you have the right tool.
Opening a Link in a New Window
There are two ways to open new windows when your readers click on links.
Building an Automatic Frame
Frame outgoing links with one CGI. Similar to how About.com does it.
Hand Coding HTML vs. WYSIWYG Editors - Continued
Readers comment on writing HTML from scratch or using editors.
WYSIWYG vs. Hand Coding, the Great Debate
Can you get a job if you can only write Web pages with an editor?
The Size of Your Pages
While bandwidth is getting higher, download speed is still a concern.
Tags for One Browser
There are many tags that work in just one or two browsers.
Using the non-breaking space ( ).
Spanning the Division
Learn to use the SPAN and DIV tags on your site.
Using Tables to Do Page Layout
A step-by-step look at how developers use tables to create a more complex
page layout on their Web sites.
Using sound on your Web pages.