Frequently Asked Questions



    What size screen to design for.

    The best solution will be the one which keeps the most viewers happy.

    If one thing is true about the web, it's that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of possible combinations of screen size, color depth, browser choice, even platform that will affect how any given user sees your page.

    Try to design your pages so they do not depend on screen resolution. If you have access to a few computers, be sure to view your pages on as many different configurations as possible to decide on a look everyone can appreciate.

    How can I keep my source (or images) from others?

    You can't. Your source and images have to be sent for a browser to create the page, unfortunately, this makes it very easy for others to copy.

    Although you can't prevent your work from being stolen, it is still protected. Any work you do is automatically copyrighted. This should be easier to enforce if you put a copyright notice somewhere on the page.

    Of course, you can help by not adding to this problem, never use images or HTML from someone else's page without permission.

    Targeting Links in Frames

    A common problem users new to using frames have is getting linked files to appear in the correct frame.

    How do I get all of the links from my table of contents frame to fill the whole screen?

    In the .html file you are using as the source for your links, put the element "<base target=_top>" this will set the default of all links on that page to fill the entire screen.

    How can I get the linked file to show up an a particular frame?

    When setting up the frames for a page, you should have specified the name of the frame you wish to target.

    <FRAME SRC=file.html NAME=main>

    Use this name in the Target attribute of your link -

    <A HREF=link.html TARGET=main>

    Using Correct HTML

    To use extensions or Not to use extensions... that is the question.

    argument 1: HTML was not intended for page layout. It is strictly for content.
    The first team feels that because HTML was intended for total cross-platform portability, including such things as allowing for deaf persons to get information, extensions subtract from it's purpose. Items such as font sizes and colors should be left as a choice for the individual viewer.

    argument 2: I want my pages to be as impressive as possible. Layout is king.
    The second camp feels that appearance is very important, and HTML extensions allow for much greater control over the final page. Any cost paid in compatibility is made up for in benefits of the new features. A key element often discussed is the high percentage of people who have a program which supports most of these features, leaving compatibility a minor issue.


    Unless you have a strong opinion on this subject, is is probably best just to make up your own mind and use whichever method you find most useful. Starting a discussion on the subject is probably not a good idea, as a lot of people take this debate suprisingly seriously, and will get extremely angry when someone challenges their views.

    How much do web authors earn?

    This seems to be the most frequently asked question about web design. As most rational people could guess, there is no correct answer. If you are considering a career in web design, ask yourself these few questions to get an idea of what you might expect.

    How good is your work?
    The bare fact is, HTML is very easy to learn. The ability to write markup for a simple page isn't too terribly impressive, and won't be worth too much. Take an honest look at your work, and get the opinions of others who know about web design.

    Do you know more than just HTML?
    Today, there is much more to page design than a knowledge of HTML.

    Some recommendations:

    • Proficiency with the major graphics software packages
    • A Knowledge of the differences between the displays of many web browsers
    • A knowledge of several operating systems (windows, mac, and unix at a minimum)
    • Strong design abilities - Do you have any formal design training?

    What kind of portfolio do you have?

    If you are looking for serious work, you'd better be prepared to show potential clients some snappy pages you have done for previous jobs.

    Do you do CGI?

    Designers who are also proficient in perl, java, and writing cgi scripts in general, are much more in demand than authors who only know how to write markup.