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HTML In Brief

HTML is a Hypertext Markup Language used to produce documents on World Wide Web. The basic idea behind hypertext is that instead of reading text in rigid, linear structure(such as a book), you can easily skip from one point to another, get more information, go back, jump to other topic, and navigate through the text based on what interests you at the time.

HTML document is small, and can be transfered over the Net as fast as possible. The documents are device-independent and can be displayed on any platform; all you need is a browser for that platform that understans HTML. You don't have to worry about fonts, formats, or display resolutions. The browser worries about that. Because of its simplicity, it has dominated the first generation of Internet.

Although HTML is a markup language, it is small and simple-to-learn. There are very few tags to memorize. Also, there are simple editors that can even insert HTML tags into text for you. So you can get started right away.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Cross Browser Compatibity - Test all your HTML Pages for cross browser compatibility.
  • Check for Dead Links - Make sure that there are no dead links in your pages.
  • Check Page Size - Try to limit your HTML Page file size to 20-25k.
  • Navigation - Give your Pages uniform look. Users feel comfortable in navigating your site.
  • Alt Tag - For every Image use ALT to give a text of it. There might be users use a browser that doesn't support Graphics.
  • Less Graphics - Do not put more Graphics. It makes your page slow.
  • Avoid Frames - If possible, try to avoid Frames.
  • No Browser Specific tags - Do not use any Browser Specific Tags. Remember that your visitors do not use the same browser as you use.
  • No fancy Colors - Do not get fancy about colors. Do not more colors in a page. Try to use decent colors.
  • No Long Pages - Do not make your page very long. Limit it to 2 or 3 Page Scrolls.

Book Picks

HTML 4 for the World Wide Web

Html - The Definitive Guide

Advanced HTML Companion

Building Better Web Pages

Web Resources

Introduction to HTML A good introduction to HTML. Everything you need to know about HTML.
HTML Guide A list of HTML Tags. Good for a quick reference.
HTML Goodies Best Site on HTML. Know everything about HTML right from basics to advanced. Several Tutorials, examples, tips & tricks and lot more. A must visit Site.
HTML With Style It is dedicated to HTML and CSS. Updated with a new feature every other Wednesday. Tutorials to everyone from beginners to experienced.
HTML Reference From Inside DHTML
HTML Table Tutorials Terrific table tutorials to tantalize truly tasteful tarantulas
HTML 2.0: Forms and Obscurities A Very Good tutorial on Forms.
Forms Tutorial Have you let your site become formless? Form shame! You know you need to know how to make them. Here's the definitive, step by step form how-to.
HTML 4.0 Specification By The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Guide to Web Style A superb web site style guide distilled from Sun's user interface and site design experience. By Rick Levine.
Introduction to CSS Cascading Style Sheets - A Good introduction.
HTML META Tag Generator Quickly create meta tags to place in your web pages to recieve better hits on search engines
HTML Editors - WebReference Link Collection Tired of using plain ol' VI or Simpletext to mark-up your Web pages? Check this. They've got more HTML editors than you can shake a stick at.
HTML Editors Download HTML Editors
Doctor HTML A Web page analysis tool which retrieves an HTML page and reports on any problems that it finds.
W3C HTML Validation Service This is an easy-to-use HTML validation service based on an SGML parser. It checks HTML documents for compliance with W3C HTML Recommendations and other HTML standards.
Dynamic HTML Dynamic HTML
HTML Resource Collection List A Good list of HTML collection Sties by

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