Continued from page 1
5. Use less text per page. The web is primarily a visual medium. Screen after screen of text is dull and unlikely to be read. Try to limit amount of text on any page to a few paragraphs by breaking long pages into several smaller pages.
6. Don't assume that other people will see what you see. There are many things that can make your web page look different to what you expected:
* Different browsers, even different versions of same browser, can display your pages quite differently.
* Some people use a screen that is 640 pixels wide; others have screens that are 800, 1,024 or 1,200 pixels wide. They may all see your site quite differently.
* Some computers may not display as many colours as yours.
* The fonts that you used may not be installed on other people's computers.
* Other people may have different browser settings to you.
The moral of this story is twofold:
a. Don't waste your time trying to get layout "just right" as it will probably look different on other people's machines anyway.
b. Test your pages as widely as possible. For example, look at them on different machines and browsers, change browser's settings, use fewer colours, use different fonts, turn off images. Does your web site still look okay in all of these situations?
Remember, it's not enough to make a web site, you have to make a good one. With over two billion other web pages out there at moment, you'll have to work hard to ensure that yours stands out from crowd. Good design and good content will help you do this. Good luck!
Tim North firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.scribe.com.au/ebooks.htm