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- Re: Web site maintenance
- Sander Tekelenburg
May 31, 2006, 8:01 pm
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It's not. <news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html> is. Crossposted and
follow-ups set accordingly.
HTML is dead easy, provided you are willing to realise that it has
nothing to do with lay-out or presentation, only with structure and
meaning. Just write simple basic HTML, don't waste time on wannabe
'WYSIWYG' HTML editors, nor on the millions of wannabe tutorials.
<http://www.htmlhelp.com is a good place to start to learn HTML,
although the one and only actual source is the definition of the
standard, at <http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/ .
Once you you speak basic HTML, you could consider moving on to learning
CSS in order to suggest a certain presentation of your site. CSS 1 isn't
that hard, but CSS 2 (which adds things like positioning) can get
Churches, Windows and Macs are irrelevant. HTML is HTML.
Any "plain text" editor will do, 'though it's nice to have syntax
colouring. I'd suggest TextWrangler:
Sander Tekelenburg, <http://www.euronet.nl/~tekelenb/
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Re: Web site maintenance
I agree. I use basic handwritten HTML and the most complicated thing I
use is Tables.
My pages get over 3,000 hits/day (nature photography and RC Airplanes)
and no one complains. Not only that but if you google "moon photos" or
"radio control airplanes" I'm first.
I learned HTML way back when the only way things would work in any
browser (including lynx) was to keep it simple and I have kept the same
format being too lazy to learn all the newfangled things that come up
all the time.
Re: Web site maintenance
You make it sound like you think that's a problem. It isn't. Quite the
contrary, the fact that HTML doesn't deal with presentation is one of
its biggest features. You don't *want* a site rendered the same on your
handheld as on your 23" desktop; you don't want it rendered the same on
your speaking browser as on your laptop; you don't want it rendered the
same on paper as on your braille browser; you don't want it rendered the
same for young eyes and for old eyes. All that matters is that structure
and meaning are conveyed. *How* they are conveyed is not HTML's business.
Sure, it's possible to write lousy HTML for which only some specific
browser's ESP engine happens to guess what you meant. All that says
about HTML is that it is possible to not understand what it is.
Sander Tekelenburg, <http://www.euronet.nl/%7Etekelenb/