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Chapter 4. Developing the Basic Page: Te... > Using Lists to Present Your Content

Using Lists to Present Your Content

As discussed earlier, the content and presentation of your pages should be in balance. That is, all the elements in a well-designed page support and reinforce each other so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (This goes for a well-designed Web site, too.)

Lists are excellent for helping you achieve this synergy in your pages because they are good at integrating presentation and content. They're very adaptable, too, because you can combine different kinds of lists to organize different kinds of information. It's because of this flexibility that lists are everywhere in everyday life, from the humble loaf-of-bread-and-quart-of-milk version to the fantastically complicated checklists that govern the missions of interplanetary probes. In fact, lists are probably the oldest written documents of civilization. Scribes 45 centuries ago were already recording how many bushels of barley the local farmers owed to the king in taxes.


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