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Chapter 3. Web Design Principles for Pri... > The Web Is Not Like Print

3.1. The Web Is Not Like Print

Designing pages for the Web is fundamentally different from designing a printed page. The single most difficult challenge in making the transition from print to web design is that on the Web, you cannot control absolutely the way your page looks to the end user. The way the page displays is a function of the browser it is viewed on and the user's preference settings, as shown in Figure 3-1. By its nature, the Web forces designers to give up control over the very things designers are traditionally responsible for controlling, such as page size, alignment, fonts, and colors. The experience is a shock until you get used to it. Becoming a good web designer requires a solid understanding of the web environment in order to anticipate and plan for these shifting variables.

Figure 3-1. The same HTML page viewed on different browsers and with different user preferences



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