In a cleverly postmodern way, the Web is a great source of information on Web design. I am not a web designer (and I can hear real designers shouting `no kidding!'), but the Web is an unreasonably democratic medium, which means that it lets me in along with all of the other riff-raff. I wanted a Web page, so I needed to design it; or more accurately, I needed a coherent site of web pages, designed and implemented. You're looking at them.
I designed this site with four goals in mind:
The World-Wide Web Consortium is the central clearinghouse and police station for Web standards. This includes the HTML used to mark up these pages, and the CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) that describes their style.
Modularity is courtesy of CSS and PHP, a server-side scripting language that I use to cobble together each page from a set of standard components, plus individual page content and a wee dab of glue.
There's no doubt about the title: Web Pages that Suck is not bashful about its opinions. The premise of WPTS is learning by counterexample: Vincent Flanders, the designer of the site and author of the books, shows bad web page designs and explains what is wrong with them.
I have run this page through the HTML validator at the World-Wide Web Consortium, and found no errors. Assuming I have kept the validation up to date, that means that this page is verified valid XHTML 1.0.
I have checked the CSS used to format this page with the online validator provided by the World-Wide Web Consortium, and found no errors. Again, assuming that I've kept the validation up to date, that means the underlying CSS is valid.
The two validations together add up to this: if the page looks wrong, either my design is wrong, or your browser is. If you think the problem is mine, let me know. If it's your browser, let the vendor hear about it.
The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the page author.
The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by the University of Minnesota.