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Good Design using Relatively simple HTML

From: Ben Morris <bmorris@activematter.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 16:15:31 -0400
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I have come across a couple good sites that use relatively simple html to
make an attractive design.  I realize that both of these sites have
accessibility hurdles, but I am pointing out only the visual design of the

www.fidelity.com - I think that this site looks great, with only about 3
graphical images which are used where text cannot do the job.  The DHTML
could be troublesome for some, and of course frames aren't ideal (but I am
speaking only of the look and feel, not the total package).

www.schwab.com - This site uses simple text for links, but without the heavy
DHTML and frames found at fidelity.

Both of these sites have drawbacks, but they are still good examples of
achieving an attractive visual design with minimal graphics.  Neither site
allows re-sizing the text, but that could be worked into the design.

I will say as a designer/developer that text with CSS is not a true
substitute for graphics as text, but design can look good and professional
without graphics as text.

 - Ben Morris
Received on Tuesday, 3 October 2000 16:16:06 UTC

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