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Chapter 1. Web Site and Web Page Design > The Many Facets of Web Design

The Many Facets of Web Design

Designing Web sites is a complex and rewarding activity. Hours of careful thought are needed at the planning stage. You must take the time to think about who will be reading your pages—how they see and understand information, what types of computers they use, what browser software they have, and how fast their connections are. After you have profiled your audience, you must then consider the message you want to communicate through the Web site and how best to convey that message to your target audience. Finally, you need to consider the possibilities and limitations of Web publishing to determine how you will actually create the site. Web site design is a constant struggle among these competing forces. As a designer, you must decide how you will meet the requirements of each one.

This chapter gives you some things to think about during the planning stages both for entire sites and for individual pages. After you have a good handle on site and page planning, you will be ready to move on to later chapters of the book which introduce you to Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML), the document description language used to author Web pages. With knowledge of XHTML and intelligent design, you can create sites that are accessible to the broadest audience possible and that effectively communicate what you have to say.


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