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Basic Elements of a Website

  • No Broken Links.  All links are checked and work.

  • No Broken Images.  All images work.

  • All pages use"jpg" or "gif" image files, not "png", "bmp," or "psd" files.

  • Every page includes author, institution, how to reach you, dates created and last modified and a URL address for that specific page.

  • Every page includes a Copyright notice.  For example, 2000 by Chris H.  Lewis, Ph.D.

  • Each page contains "text links" to central pages
    on the website.

  • Each page has a link back to the site's Home Page
    and main topics pages.

  • Each page has "Alt tags" for all central images.
    You don't really need Alt tags for horizontal bars
     or tiny bullet gifs.

  • Each page uses either an "800 x 600" or
    a "1024 by 768" layout. If you use a "1024 x 768"
    layout, you must put a warning on the top
    of the webpage that it is best viewed in this

  • Each page has a title that tells the user what its
    larger goal is.

  • Each page uses an invisible table and layers  to layout the page's grid.

  • Each page uses the basic principles of alignment
    to layout text, images, and graphics on a page.
    The material should not be thrown on the page,
    but laid out according to a larger grid strategy.

  • A website should include a set of linked pages
    that go together based on a larger theme. A
    website isn't just one webpage.
















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