Tips, tricks, testing, questions, and wrapping up this tutorial are all an this last page.
Tricks, & Questions
Browser Question - There are several browsers available for exploring the Web. Browser popularity varies monthly depending on which one has recently been updated, or by computing trends. The quick rise of tablets is one of the reasons Google's Chrome now seems to be the most popular browser in use today.
Links to popular browsers
To learn more about the browsers mention here, click on the links below
to go to the publishers' Web sites. Each link opens in a new window.
Many browsers are now-cross platform. Safari, which for a long time was only for Macintosh computers, is available for Windows, too.
Versions of Firefox can be downloaded that are suitable for Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux, and it is available in many different languages.
Testing and Checking a Web site
It is necessary to test a Web page in two or three browsers. Because of the way that browsers interpret HTML/XHTML code and handle Cascading Style Sheets, pages may look different depending on which browser is used to view them.
In addition to checking pages with different browsers, it is good practice to validate your code. Valid code is more likely to make your pages display properly.
Many Web editing software programs, such as Dreamweaver, have code validation functions. But many Web designers use the World Wide Web Consortium's online code validators.
You can find that at www.w3.org and just follow the links and instructions.
Top Tips to Annoy
and Insult Your Web Site Visitors:
(Don't do this stuff!)
"This site best viewed with _____" - Don't suggest
to your visitors that their monitors are set wrong or that they use
the incorrect browsers. Sites should be designed to work right on all
combinations of equipment and software.
"Under Construction" - Web sites are assumed to be
periodically updated, changed, or otherwise "under
construction." This message just annoys people. Remember, people
take detours around roads that are under construction, and they might detour around your site, too.
Background music - Takes
too long to download, many people cannot hear it, and it will probably
sound bad. Most users have music players (such as Windows Media Player and RealPlayer), and in many instances when visitors go to your pages the player will start and cover up the Web site!
Horizontal scrolling - Avoid
it because people will click out rather than do it.
Silly or Useless Animated GIFS - The general advice these days is to avoid animated gifs because they are
old fashioned and take longer to download. But, when animated gifs are carefully selected and chosen for a specific goal or purpose they can be effective. For instance, they can be used to illustrate a concept of technical detail. Never use them just because "you can."
Splash pages - These pages usually involve
downloading a "useless page" that has no pertinent information outside
of a "Click Here" or "Enter" button. In a very few selected instances Splash pages can have their uses, they are often "expected" with sites that are supposed to represent "high tech." Often high end graphics design firms will use them. However, in most applicatons splash pages are annoying and wasteful.
Which browser do you think is the most popular? Touch a name below to find out!