Examples of these are to be found everywhere in my pages. The paragraph indentation can be witnessed in this Design Acknowledgements section. The vertical space control can be seen around the title of this page, above, and between sections in this page. I have used vertical white space control to ensure, also, that titles of sections are closer to the section they pertain to than to the section above. Link colours are also obvious on this page. All of these are common throughout all the pages.
The use of tables to limit the width of the text segment of the page is also an idea proposed by Siegel. I have opted for a standard format of a 140 pixel border in which the buttons are situated, a 10 pixel spacer column, and a 450 pixel column to contain all other contents of the page, except for the copyright, author, and year section on all pages (which should, incidently, be in white), contained in a separate table in the margin below the main table. I chose this format to ensure that text does not end up in hugely long lines if the browser window is resized.
I have only partially followed David Siegel's recommendation that you target one browser and design your page well without limiting yourself by ensuring it works with all browsers.
I have ignored compatibility with Lynx in creating these pages. The pages will show up in Lynx, but they may be slightly confusing as the formatting is not aimed at Lynx users. I designed these pages initially using Microsoft Internet Explorer, then on testing with various versions of Netscape, redid the coding for various segments (mainly the implementation of the menu of buttons on each page relative to the main section of the page) in order to make them compatible with all the different versions as this did not require me to downgrade my design. In this sense, I have ignored to some extent Siegel's recommendations, however I did take them on board.
My choice of background is also influenced by Siegel's ideas. Siegel expresses extreme dislike of 'Netscape gray', and explains that it was a half-way house between white, the best background for text, and black, often the best background for images. He suggests white or very light backgrounds, close to white, for text.
As the contents of my page are almost exclusively text, made necessary by the nature of the project, I have chosen a white background. I chose a background image that gives a pleasant margin on which I have placed the button menu and the copyright information segment, and a crisp white text area. I believe this background suits the page eminently well.
Viewing This Site
Netscape 3.0 can be retrieved by clicking on this link, and installed on any Windows 95 or Windows NT machine. I suggest you install it to drive D: if you are using a TCD machine, and clear some space on drive C: (I suggest removing the directory c:\windows\help and its contents; don’t worry, it gets restored when you restart the machine) before installing it as it requires space to add windows system files.
When viewing, preferably, your browser window should be 640x480 or greater in size.
This site is on the subject "Electronic Privacy and Rights", and the new title, "Electronic Rights: Freedom and Privacy in an Information World", was chosen for aesthetic reasons, leaving the field and scope of the project unchanged. "Electronic Privacy and Rights", while encapsulating the topic is a very dry title.
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