Western Web Design Notes

Western Recommendations

In order to maintain a consistent level of quality for the web pages that represent Western on the World Wide Web, the following list summarizes a series of recommendations for Western web pages, most of which have been touched on in more detail elsewhere in this document.

  • The Western Web Template provided by Communications & Public Affairs is a helpful starting point for your web page.
  • It is helpful if each page includes a descriptive title, the author's name, e-mail address and the date it was last revised.
  • The file named index.html should be used for the main page in each directory.
  • Source lines in HTML files should be kept shorter than 80 characters.
  • All HTML should conform to the latest HTML standards and should pass the appropriate validation test.
  • Avoid non-standard HTML tags like <BLINK> which only work in certain browsers (and in this case is also hard on the eyes!).
  • When using images, use the ALT= tag with appropriate alternative text for non-graphical browsers and users who have turned image loading off.
  • Keep your images small. Make a link off the page to particularly large graphics (over 100k bytes) (and warn the reader about how big they are).
  • Although heading levels can be skipped (for example, from H1 to H3), this practice is discouraged as skipping header levels may produce unpredictable results when generating other representations from HTML.
  • You should refer back to the Western home page from at least your main page (and others as appropriate). When referring to the Western home page remember to include the trailing slash at the end of the address -- some browsers may just point at your current page if the slash isn't included.
  • Don't forget to spell-check your documents and have them proof-read.

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