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Quick Tips Reference

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 00:45:19 +0100
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To: <www-qa@w3.org>
[[[
always include ALT text, avoid "click here", and other WAI quick-tips
]]] - http://www.w3.org/2001/06tips/

Why not just reference WCAG10-HTML-TECHS [1]? I presume that these "Quality
Tips for Webmasters" are not going to be a comprehensive guide, but just an
introduction to people to get them thinking about good Website design and
maintainence. But why invent the wheel? TimBL has already written a lot of
good advice in Design Issues [2], and the HyperText Style Guide [3], the
WAI have done an *enourmous* amount of work (mainly linked to from [4]),
the result of years of discussions.

And of course, it doesn't stop at the W3C: Jackob Nielsen has some good
advice [5], and there's a good HyperText style guide by Jutta Degener [6].
The WDG also have a style guide [7], based on TimBL's.

So, rather than just re-invent the wheel over, and over, and over again,
why not just create a super/master list of resources? Any other tips that
haven't already been discussed to bits can be added.

BTW, it'd probably be a good idea to "do as you say" and brings the tips
page up to code. It has no DOCTYPE declaration, so it cannot be validated.
The links are not titled, and do not have appropriate contexts (e.g. "W3C"
at the top). The top two navigational constructs should be separated with a
non link printable character, and should probably be grouped using the
<map> element. <tt> is used where <code> should be used instead. The form
"<hr class=''/>" is used, which is baffling, and the XHTML specification
advises putting a space before the "/>". The page is also devoid of style
or any multimedia, which could easily be added.

Cheers,

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/
[2] http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/
[3] http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/
[4] http://www.w3.org/WAI/
[5] http://www.useit.com/
[6] http://kbs.cs.tu-berlin.de/~jutta/ht/writing.html
[7] http://www.htmlhelp.com/design/style/

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Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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