Ten Simple Rules for a Good Web Style
Listen! Don't force the user to anything - I think he wants to control his screen himself!
(Don't think I think I've got it made - I'm a beginner and I'm writing for beginners. There are many briliant essays and tutorials in the WWW. Why write something new? I don't know a collection to review the most important tags in quick examples, like this here. Some are too precise, some are too short, some are too ideologic, some are too fascinated by animations....If you can use it, it's good. If you can find a better place - it's better. So let me take it as an exercise.)
- Don't force fixed font-sizes (10pt), take relative settings instead (x-small)
- Don't force horizontal scrolling, let your text flow free to the next line
- Don't popup windows if you can do it otherwise
- Don't try to hide sourcecode, don't try to prevent to copy your images
- Set alt-property and width-property to images and tables to accelerate browser
- Don't show how smart you can play with animations - 12 seconds of waiting and they'll leave your site
- Don't link to deep - the user should navigate quick and easy through your sub-sub-sub-sites - that's why I'm using frames, even if they say that this is no strict style (W3C)
- Try to validate at least Transitional code by W3C-organisation.
- Use CSS as much as you can - it makes it easier to setup repeating style-formattings, yes - it works quicker and simplier as you may believe
- Don't worry too much what Netscape Naviagator and InternetExplorer 3 will display - only 2 percents of users are still using it (thecounter)
Andreas Klotz Cologne, Germany in March 2003 (upd. 2002-March-17)