CSE 271: User Interface Design: Social and Technical
Basic Webbing Notes
This page contains some personal notes on creating websites, assuming
familiarity with lower level material like basic html and common sense.
Let me know if you have further suggestions or relevant experience at
this basic level to improve this page.
- Have confidence! Dont be afraid to look foolish at first while you are
learning - Just do it!
- Set clear goals for the site and for each page, and keep the goals in
mind while you are working. Your first priority is to carefully organize the
information to meet relevant goals.
- Every link should clearly indicate where it is going and why it is there.
- Make good use of subdirectories and index pages; each subdirectory should
have a clear purpose and an index page showing how it addresses that purpose.
- Structuring devices (such as links, titles, lists, blockquotes, size
changes, fonts, and colors) should be used carefully, sparing and
consistently; avoid overusing such devices; avoid loud and distracting colors
and layout (violations of this are one of the clearest signs of a newbie).
Every use of a structuring device should have a clear purpose.
- Layout, titles, backgrounds, etc. should be as consistent as possible
across pages; any differences in conventions for using such devices should
meaningful and consistent. If doing all this seems to get even a little
complex, write an explicit style sheet. Detailed style guidelines are
absolutely necessary for large projects.
- Don't get too cute or too clever - this often irritates users.
- Keep things as simple as possible.
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18 April 1997