Web Page Templates
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This directory contains templates for web pages to be used on the
HTML Writers Guild's website. Note that these are not
public domain, general use web page templates, and cannot
be used for anything besides official HTML Writers Guild pages
without the written permission of the Guild's Executive Committee.
These pages are designed to comply with the HTML 4.01 specification,
as well as using features of CSS2 and CSS1 to provide stylistic
enhancements. The styles are designed to degrade gracefully in
browsers which do not fully (or even partially) implement CSS;
the appearance will not be the same, but the information will be
conveyed just as well.
The following template is currently available:
The following link will always point to the "current" template,
regardless of filename or version number.
To use the template, simply copy it into an editor, and make adjustments
to the source code as described below:
- Edit the comments in the header so that they reflect who
you are, what the page is, and when it was last updated.
Use your administrative address for the maintainer
<!-- TITLE A Web Page at HWG.Org -->
<!-- MAINTAINER email@example.com -->
<!-- UPDATED 12 August 1998 -->
- Jump ahead to the first '##' using your editor's search-ahead
function. This will bring you to the page title. Enter
the title of the page, and leave the '- the HTML Writers
Guild' part in place. (This means you don't need to include
the Guild's name in the page title otherwise, in most cases.)
<!-- ## Title -->
A Web Page at HWG.Org
- The HTML Writers Guild
- Go on to the next '##'. This will bring you to the locator
bar, which lets visitors know where they are in the Guild's
site. This will conform to the directory structure in
pretty much every case. You need to edit the URLs here as
well as the text; the first one, though, will always be the
link to the Guild's homepage, so leave that one alone. The
final entry will not be a link, but the 'short name' of
this page (which may not be the full title). Use
'short names' wherever possible; 'Services', 'Resources'
'FAQs', 'Servers', 'Guild Operations', and so on. If you need
to delete or add a level, you can. (The 'ntervening level' HTML
text is 11 lines long, if that helps with editing.)
<!-- ## Intervening Level(s) -->
<!-- ## Current page, short name -->
A Page at HWG.org
- The next '##' after 'Current page, short name' will bring you to
the CONTENT section. This, of course, is where you want to put
the body of your page -- after you set the title of course. Use
the same title as before (sans the '- The HTML Writers Guild',
<!-- ######### BEGIN CONTENT ################## -->
<!-- ## title -->
A Web Page at HWG.Org
Hi! This is a web page at HWG.Org!
<!-- ######### END CONTENT ################## -->
- Once you get past the '## END OF CONTENT ##' comment above, the
next '##' you come to will be the maintainer. As above, set
this to be your administrative address; delete the 'kynn'
address (unless you're me).
<!-- ## maintainer -->
This page is maintained by
TITLE="Email the maintainer"
- Next, you need to indicate when the page was last updated.
The Guild style is to use "DD Monthname YYYY', e.g.,
10 January 1999, not Jan. 10, '99 or anything else.
<!-- ## last updated -->
Last updated on 12 August 1998.
- Very short pages only.
Some Guild pages are incredibly short in length, and thus you
have a huge menubar on the left side, and a little bit of text
or a list of links on the right, and it looks bad. In
general, these pages should be made longer or eliminated by
combining them with other pages.
However, that may not be advisable in all cases. If a short
page must exist, then you can truncate the left hand side
menu bar at one predefined point. (Don't truncate either before
or after this location; only at the place listed.)
Line 115 of the template is the point where you may truncate
(search for 'cut here' for another way to find it); delete the
48 lines of HTML that follow it to cut the menu bar in half.
<!-- Can be cut here (48 lines) -->
- End of instructions. Your page should now conform
to the template.
Full details coming soon -- things like documenting that DTs are in
sans-serif, that external links should be class "external" and
email links should be class "mailto", TITLE should be used whenever
possible, and you can make submit/reset buttons match the navbar
by using class "submit".