Re: Web admin duties

Subject: Re: Web admin duties
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2001 12:32:20 -0500

Barbara Stuhlemmer wrote:
>
> Since our company's restructuring in October I've been given the title of
> web admin (along with my regular help creation duties). It basically
> entails updating HTML pages, which is just fine with me. The marketing
> manager and I have agreed that the site navigation is more than lacking and
> we want to make some major changes. Now I have some major decisions to make
> on these changes and I don't have enough experience to do this.
>
> We are going to get rid of the tab images that are not consistent throughout
> the site and replace it with a simpler drop-down Java script menu type
> header.

What about people like me who disable Javascript (and cookies) for security
reasons? If I'm feeling paranoid, I disable Java as well.

> I've had to add navigation links to the bottom of every page,

htmldoc, free from easysw.com, will automatically add those links and generate a
table of contents, given a list of files. An example is:
http://www.freeswan.org/freeswan_trees/freeswan-1.8/doc/index.html

> since
> search engine spiders sometimes take individual pages instead of the index
> page that creates the frames with the navigation headers. Do we want to stay
> with frames

Frames were number one in a "top ten mistakes in web design" article a few
years back: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990502.html

I think that has changed, but they're still "use with caution".

> or should we be looking at templates or other format layouts? Do
> we want to use Java script with a 128b link speed?

Do you want to use Javascript at all? Certainly your site should not depend
on it.

> I am looking for tips on good books, sites and other lists that can help
> answer these and other questions we have.

I've seen a lot of recommendations for a book on database-driven websites.
The author's site is photo.net. I've read a chapter or two he has online.
Looks like fine stuff to me.

See also:

http://validator.w3.org/
http://www.anybrowser.org/campaign/
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530.html

Link collection:
http://www.sandhills.cc.nc.us/html.html

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