Beta of "Human Factors Programming" Book

Monday August 9th, 1999

Mitch Gould writes,

"'HumanFact(tm)' currently provides 'beta' excerpts from a book-in-the-making, Human Factors Programming with the Document Object Model. Your feedback is welcome.

Chapter 1
This chapter considers HTML-HTTP as a client-server technology and shows how a web browser lays out an HTML document.

Chapter 2
Errors in designing websites frequently result from a misunderstanding of the difference between structure and presentation in document architecture. This chapter provides deprecated and recommended examples that help authors address these issues.

WebAccess CheckPage
A convenient tool for checking one's website against the new guidelines from the W3C's Web Access Initiative.

'Beta' version August 3, 1999.

Send 'bug reports' to:

You get the general picture (tm)."

Thanks, Mitch!

#5 Re: Well, exactly...

by Anon

Wednesday August 11th, 1999 6:08 AM

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Depending on what sort of editor you like to use for these things, you might want to try EditPlus or HomeSite. They're not WYSIWYG, but they both offer good support for HTML editing (and I believe that WYSIWYG editors are evil and misleading anyway :)

There are other ways around the evils of hard-coding links into your text than using Javascript (and putting users who don't have it, or turn it off for security reasons/personal preference at a disadvantage). I'm working on a large website project at the moment that does that (by specifying the site structure separately from the content, then compiling this into a set of pages with hard-coded links). This sort of approach can easily be scaled down. To my mind it's preferable to using Javascript for the same purpose: yes, it requires a small amount of coding work up front, but then you have to write the Javascript code too. Either way, once you've written it once, you can keep on using it.