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Quiz

1:What are three ways to help people stay aware that all your pages form a single site?
A1:
  1. Use consistent background, colors, fonts, and styles.

  2. Repeat the same link words or graphics on the top of the page to which the link leads.

  3. Repeat the same small header, buttons, or other element on every page of the site.

2:What two types of information should always be included in the home page that people encounter at your site?
A2:
  1. Enough identifying information so that she can immediately see the name of the site and what it is about.

  2. Whatever the most important message you want to convey to your intended audience is, stated directly and concisely.

3:If you want to say, “Don't change this image of me. It's my only chance at immortality,” to future editors of a Web page, but you don't want people who view the page to see that message, how would you do it?
A3: Put the following immediately before the <img /> tag:
<!-- Don't change this image of me.
     It's my only chance at immortality. -->

Exercises

Grab a pencil (the oldfangled kind) and sketch out your Web site as a bunch of little rectangles with arrows between them. Sketch a rough overview of what each page will look like by putting squiggles where the text goes and doodles where the images go. Each arrow should start at a doodle icon that corresponds to the navigation button for the page to which the arrow leads. Even if you have the latest whiz-bang Web site management tools, sketching your site by hand can give you a much more intuitive grasp of which pages on your site will be easy to get to and how the layout of adjacent pages will work together—all before you invest time in writing the actual HTML to connect the pages together.


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