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The Web is growing everyday. And there are so many reference sources, it can be confusing. Here are a list of links:

Resources and References on HTML

HTML Home Page with references to HTML 4.0 , HTML 3.2 and HTML 2.0 at www.w3c.org home of the Web Specification. There is also XHTML coming round the corner: NYPL Style Guide

Why so many versions? See

The two browser brands with the biggest market shares are of course, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape.

Due to the differences between the browsers, we need cross refs:

Colours are at least standardised:

The Basics

Making Tables

Making HTML Forms

Making Frames

Various

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References on Browser (Client Side) Scripting

References on XML

References on Server Side Scripting

php - PHPBuilder.com - The Resource for PHP Developers

Microsoft Active Server Pages -DevGuru Home Page ADO, ASP, ASP Resources, VBScript

References on SQL / Database Manipulations

Authoring Content for the Web

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Tools

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Which browser should you use?

Depends.

If you run an intranet, and fully control your SOE (Standard Operating Environment), you would set one browser and one browser version.

If you are authoring for the Internet and your work is reliant on Add-In technologies like Flash, ActiveX controls and so on, MSIE is the way to go.

If you need to welcome all visitors, then hey, it's a tough life.

  • You obviously cater for MSIE 5.5 because that is a big market share.
  • You need to cater for MSIE 6.0 because it has some differences and will be the taking over from MSIE 5.5
  • You should cater for Netscape 4.7x because a small community still uses it and it is corporate browser for some people
  • You need to cater for Mozilla 1.0 and Mozilla based Netscape builds like Netscape 6.x and Netscape 7 PRx
  • You may want to cater for Opera.
  • You may want to cater for Lynx if your visitors use reading aids
  • You may need to get an Apple Mac because whatever runs on the Mac uses different font sizes.

Authoring Tools:

Microsoft FrontPage

Most of this website was authored in FrontPage 2000. This is a relatively low cost product, allowing WYSIWYG authoring of web pages and was one of the first to provide visual site management tools (link management, navigation bars). FP2K shields you from the sheer work of producing a web site if you just want to put text, links, navigation bars and illustrative images. 

The list below direct you to some Viewlets on screen tutorials. You will need a compatible browser to view them.

The Microsoft Knowledgebase FP articles have been indexed at here

Newsgroups that you can participate in are:

Books you can read are:

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Microsoft Visual Interdev 6

VI is not so much a web authoring tool as a web development tool. For further information, see here

Instead of the traditional web page authoring tools have a look at these:

WordToWeb Automated HTML Conversion for Microsoft Word

Other Tools

  • Hot Potato "The freeware Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web"
  • Paj's Home Web Tools Pipp
    Pipp is a powerful and flexible tool to assist in the development and maintenance of web sites. It is ideal for advanced users and businesses, as it enables a consistent look and feel to be rapidly built into a website.
 

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