HTML/Web Info

General HTML Resources

HTML 4.0 Specification - This specification defines the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), version 4.0, the publishing language of the World Wide Web. In addition to the text, multimedia, and hyperlink features of the previous versions of HTML, HTML 4.0 supports more multimedia options, scripting languages, style sheets, better printing facilities, and documents that are more accessible to users with disabilities. HTML 4.0 also takes great strides towards the internationalization of documents, with the goal of making the Web truly World Wide.

HTML 3.2 Reference. - Excellent detailed tag reference.

The Bare Bones Guide to HTML 3.2 - A great quick reference.

ISO 8859-1 Character Set Overview - Decimal Code numbers and entity names for characters.

W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium - Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; reference code implementations to embody and promote standards; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. Contains the latest standards implemented and info on those under consideration.

HTML Help by The Web Design Group - The Web Design Group was founded to promote the creation of non-browser specific, non-resolution specific, creative and informative sites that are accessible to all users worldwide. To this end, the WDG offers material on a wide range of HTML related topics. We hope that with this site as a reference, you will be able to create Web sites that can be used by every person on the Internet, regardless of browser, platform, or settings.

NCSA--A Beginner's Guide to HTML - Many people use the NCSA Beginner's Guide to HTML as a starting point to understanding the hypertext markup language (HTML) used on the World Wide Web. It is an introduction and does not pretend to offer instructions on every aspect of HTML. Links to additional Web-based resources about HTML and other related aspects of preparing files are provided at the end of the guide.

How to Create Web Sites - A handy list of links to other sites.

HTML Writers Guild HTML Resources: Style - Another handy list of links.

Running A World-Wide Web Service - Nice history of the Web and a lot of links to other resources.

Composing Good HTML (Version 2.0.17) -This document is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the document -- it should be recognizable as the revised version of the original CGH. It discusses good practices to follow in creating your documents, common errors and things to avoid when composing HTML, and finally, a brief treatment style sheets, which provide a mechanism for greater control over how a document is rendered. The second section is brand new -- it discusses style issues regarding your Web as a whole. How it is divided and organized, how it is interlinked and intertwined; these are the issues under consideration here.

This is not a beginner's guide; check the "For More Information" section for pointers to more basic works, as well as for more advanced references and tutorials. It is designed for the HTML author who has learned the basics, and is ready to start thinking about the more advanced aspects of Web document design.

Tools

Web Designers Paradise - A gold mine of resources!!!

HTML Editors - Once you have learned some of the basics of HTML you will want to experiment with writing your own pages. There are many ways to accomplish this. From something as simple as using Notepad to more advanced editors like PageMill and FrontPage, you will find many different ways to write pages. For those not wishing to take the time to learn the code many products are now available that write the code for you. The list below links to all types of Editors, some WYSIWYG, some not, it is all up to you. I would recommend trying several until you find one with which you are comfortable. The following links should give you many editors to choose from.

Virtual Free Stuff: WebMaster Tools - lots of links. Some particularly good ones for graphics (animated GIFs, etc.).

Resources for Creating Web Sites - Netscape's tools and information.

Validation

HTML validating - Does not require DTD.

Doctor HTML v5 - In addition to validating code, also checks spelling and verifies links.

W3C HTML Validation Service - more helpful error messages than Web Techs.

The Unofficial `Kinder, Gentler HTML Validator' FAQ - Helpful hints to go with the W3C HTML Validation Service above (used to be known at the "Kinder, Gentler HTML Validator").

Web Techs Validation Service - Can submit documents by URL, can submit bits and pieces of HTML, or can submit by file upload.

The Unofficial WebTechs HTML Validator FAQ - Helpful hints to go with the Web Techs Validation Service above.

Graphics

The Graphics File Format Page - These pages contain specifications for various graphics file formats; along with a number of relevant graphics utilities, information, and URLs.

Graphics Formats for the World Wide Web - An overview with links.

GIF? JPEG? Which Should You Use? - THIS IS A TEST . . . this is only a test . . . your opinion may differ and your numbers may need to vary to get the best results. The charts that follow are packed with just the information and secrets you need to know! READ ON to find out how to get great-looking images along with the smallest file sizes for your World Wide Web images.

How to Create Imagemaps - Basics for creating client side and server side image maps.

The 216 Colors of Netscape - Includes links to color swatches.

Making Animated GIFs (part 1 of 3) - Directions and tools - 'nuf said.

OVER THE RAINBOW: Tons of Free Clipart - backgrounds and graphics.

GIF Wizard - Compresses GIF files.