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References

HTML Reference Library
Source Material.

Web Browsers OpenFAQ
What a Browser does.

DevSearch:
An Index of sites that are only relevant to making webpages.

The HTML Compendium:
No other site attempts to document the dymnamism of developing in a format that changes almost daily.

The Web Tools Review:
Plain English Tools and Rules for web publishing.

Web Developers Virtual Library:
Browse around here for a day or two, work through a couple of the tutorials, subscribe to the newsletter.

WebReference:
Relevant resources.

WebMonkey:
Hotwired's Web Developers Resources. Excellent, but wordy.

The Advanced HTML list archives:
A moderated list for the discussion of advanced Web page design issues provided by Patrick Crispen.

A List Apart:
"For people who make websites." In Real Estate it's Location. On the Web it's Content, Content, Content.

HTML Editors
There are dozens of Freeware, Shareware, Demo and Commercial HTML Editors available. Your web browser came with one. Netscape's is called Composer and Microsoft gives away Front Page Express with Internet Explorer.

None of them are capable of consistently creating Web documents that are efficient, browser insensitive or 100% compliant with the latest standards.

Each page must be opened in Notepad or UltraEdit, or a similar text editor and inspected for compliance. Look to Writing Friendly Code for pointers on complicated designs.

Or you can let one of the tools listed below help to proof-read your code. Mind you, they only help. The Standards are dynamic, the software is not.

Each is likely to give you a different evaluation so backup your stuff before you save the changes.

Application programming

A Tour of HTML Forms and CGI Scripts:
Start here, especially if you don't know what CGI and HTML Forms are for.

LqidSkin's CGI-Center's Beginner Scripts:
Then here for the basics.

Matt's Script Archive:
Free CGI Scripts and directions on how to use them.

Selena Sol's Archive:
Public Domain CGI and Java scripts. He's co-developing a tutorial on Perl for Windows.

The Library of CGI Software:
The WDVL's links to CGI Resources.

The CGI Resource Index:
Just as no single search engine is sufficient, no single CGI resource is sufficient either.

DatabaseCentral:
A portal devoted to the use and programming of database and database - to - web connectivity technologies.

Web Servers:
The only way to determine if your website does what it's supposed to do (BEFORE you upload it to your ISP), is to run your site on your own server.

You can download the Windows version of Apache Server, the most popular OpenSource Server software on the Web along with mod_perl (to run those CGI scripts. Look for help with the installation from the Apache Toolkit.

You can run one of the simpler server solutions like Analogx.com's SimpleServer.

You'll need to integrate Sendmail for Windows in order to test your applications that use SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol).

httpd.conf:
The heart of Apache. Dated 1994 and still enlightening.

BigNoseBird:
For a user friendly tutorial on installing, configuring and running Apache.

Clueless Lou's:
Provides answers you won't find in the FAQs.

ASP101:
Help with Personal Web Server and Active Server Pages.

CSS

"CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) is a flexible, cross-platform, standards-based language used to suggest stylistic or presentational features applied throughout entire websites."

Reference Data: Your compliance with the W3C's CSS1 and CSS2 specifications can be checked by loading your webpage into their Validator, online or off. The Web Design Group provides a CSSCheck online tool.

The CSS Pointers Group promotes the practical use of CSS. A top-drawer resource.

Tutorials: The Web Developers' Virtual Library collection provides great depth and is still growing. HTML With Style from WebReference is on its 27th Tutorial. The Webmonkey's CSS Tutorial gets pretty verbose, but has some neat tricks and easy to follow tips.

For more Tips, Tricks and Tutorials there's

A developer's guide: HTML Pro
Web based e-learning: W3 Schools
B2B for Internet solutions: DevelopersNet
DHTML and beyond: DevX

Microsoft's CSS User Guide of 1996 isn't obsolete yet. Neither is Angus Davis' POSITIONING HTML ELEMENTS from June of '97.


HTML Validation

HTML-Kit is an extraordinarily well supported editor that can, "edit, format, lookup help, validate, preview and publish web pages." And it's free. Be sure to download the HTML-Tidy plug-in.

CSE HTML Validator Lite:
A FREE program you can download and run against your code. Finds errors and loads your pages to a built in editor for you to make corrections.

Dr. Watson and Netmechanic are free services that analyze your web pages. You input the url and the site will be checked for broken links, search engine compatibility, page load time, and spelling.

Netscape's Website Garage is more thorough, but they'd like to know the color of your toilet roll before they'll let you use it.

With the Backward Compatibility Viewer you choose what tags will not be recognized and then view the results.

Bobby is a web-based tool that analyzes web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities. Vischeck is a color-blindness simulator.

HTML Validation Service
Checks HTML documents for conformance to W3C  (World Wide Web Consortium) standards; is VERY exacting and has the bedside manners of a Nurse Kratchett.

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