Computer Lab: The Evolution of my Web Design
In course of time I have adopted certain "Golden Rules" for web design:
- Use valid HTML
- so that one can watch the pages with any web browser.
Using the standards written down in DTDs
makes sure that the pages can be displayed correctly with all browsers that
support these standards, even if they only support a lower standard
Most browsers don't even support all features of the standard
HTML 2.0. Since centered texts and background
images require HTML 3.2, I use this quasi-standard on most pages. With
which is still an unfinished standard.
All pages are tested for their correctness and a small logo at the bottom of
each page shows the HTML version used and links to the test results. This
makes it easy to check the code again after each change.
- Keep only working links - to avoid frustration.
This requires to check all external links from time to time and update the
- Create small files - to keep the access times short.
- Show few pictures per page - to limit the number of
accesses to a minimum, which also has positive impact on access time.
- Use a uniform layout - for an as professional as possible look.
All this is, in my opinion, self-evident for good web design.
An example for my earlier web design is the
List of Units of Physics.
It arose in 1996 after my diploma thesis and shows, how one can link bilingual
information, here the different terms of the physical quantities and units,
directly opposite to each other. This page is finished, so to speak, since
I did not add any new information for a while.
The Amiga FTP Directory
is another project from earlier times. Here I tried to list all FTP servers
that hold software for the Amiga line of computers. I checked this
list in March 2000 once again and updated some entries. I do not
continue this project anymore, since there are enough information
sources like this one and my other
projects fill out my time.
Some old ideas find still use
on special pages. This way the old navigation buttons moved to the
and the AFD support pages contain
some older icons.
As with each move, I intend to make the pages even better and more
beautiful. Since my last web move, I follow these plans:
- Only thematical pages, divided up into directories.
There is no boring links page. Instead, some external links are at places
where they seem to make sense. (Status: 100%)
- Photographs/Paintings - my scanner shall also contribute
something. (Status: 25%)
- Clickable maps - photographs and pictures as link maps.
- German translation.
Also, I divided up the old, bilingual pages. (Status: 80%)
- New, yet more beautiful layout. Firstly, I have created
the mouse pointer moves above them. I also added background images and
changed the menu. (Status: 100%)
To make a short conclusion: My homepage is by definition
always a construction site.
The present state is only a snapshot of a development:
The Computer pages are completed, the Multimedia pages are under construction,
and the Tour pages have just started to develop.
The list of Web References shows where
my pages are linked.
Amiga History -
Web Design -
© Dietmar Knoll
2001-03-25, latest change: 2004-12-03