Help with creating, publicizing, searching for and evaluating web pages;
and including help finding people, their e-mail addresses, etc.
This page will show links to sites which provide help to new Internet users,
and new Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) users in creating pages
(including both theory and preferred styles), guidelines for good HTML
practices, publicizing web pages (which implies a knowledge of the
search engines and how they work), searching the web generally for
interesting sites [and e-mail addresses], and applying critical evaluation
of Internet resources. The page has been augmented to also provide searching
for people, lost friends, snail-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers
(including yellow and blue pages and toll-free numbers).
See also a page for HELP using Mosaic
or Netscape the first few times to search the web. Give your new users
this link and save yourself a lot of very elementary questions.
See also a page for Help with E-mail
and Mailing Lists for new Internet E-mail Users. Sections include:
What is E-mail? Line-length; attachments; signature files; costs, privacy;
copying messages and fragments; mailing lists caution; finding and subscribing
to mailing lists. Sections also deal with Auto-Responders, Mail Robots,
Mirrors. E-mail Zines (Magazines), sending FAXes via E-mail, access to
FTP, Archie, Gopher, Veronica, Usenet, WAIS, Finger, Whois, and even the
World-Wide Web (all via e-mail).
A good place to start everything is with the NCSA's Beginner's
Guide to HTML. Thouugh that guide itself is no longer active, they
provide references at this
site to tutorials and guides for good HTML practice, etc., that are
worth the read.
Eric Tilton's page "Composing
Good HTML," particularly its section "Document Style Considerations"
provides some interesting insights about the use of HTML to provide a device-independent
way of describing information. Tilton emphasizes the importance of marking
up a document so that your information is labeled as what it is instead
of as how it should be displayed. Paradoxically, the page does not have
a table of contents (!).
Our "Web Page Style Standards, Guidelines and
Suggestions" page describes something of writing for the Information
Age, and may be helpful for those preparing web pages for the first time,
especially when done in behalf of a government agency, or other public
Another extensive site for web developers and authors is Andrew King's
site, including news, articles, services and more.
The World-Wide Web home page
(9 Kb) provides an index to Specifications and Development Areas for HTML,
a general section on web software and other interesting stops.
has some terse advice for writing for the Web: "Be
Succinct! (Writing for the Web)." He adds other insights about nested
headings, and writing in "coherent chunks," too. [See also: Alertbox
(Jakob's bi-weekly column on Web usability)].
also has some very good advice about Cascading Style Sheets. His paper
Use of Style Sheets" describes a few dos and don'ts and provides links
to related resources. [See also: Alertbox
(Jakob's bi-weekly column on Web usability)].
Best of the Web in Web Design and Development contains lists of web
sites in various categories which several thousand web users thought were
the best they had encountered. There are some interesting sites that are
probably good examples to follow; and the best navigational-aid sites might
help directly if you are having trouble in your searches.
As you contemplate publicizing your web pages, be aware that there are
always people who will use your web pages for other than the purposes you
intend. When I was first doing this, I made the mistake of providing a
new page's URL to a service that said: "submit your page to dozens and
dozens of search engines HERE." I didn't see any evidence that the page
was subsequently submitted to even a few search engines; but I did notice
that I started to receive dozens and dozens of spam e-mail messages right
away. Apparently, the URL had been used to harvest the feedback e-mail
addresses and sell them to spammers. I have not found that problem with
sending my URLs to the reputable search engines (see searching,
A good Searching Guide is Jack Solock's "Searching
the Internet - Parts I & II" (43 Kb; our repost). He provides searching
guidance, and links to the search forms and the searching help pages for
half a dozen of the most popular search engines. He also provides discussion
of search catalogs and search directories; subject catalogs, annotated
directories, and subject guides. This site is a big help for people new
to web searching.
- Help in Critical Evaluation of Internet Resources.
under the auspices of the World- Wide Web Virtual Library posts a page
Information Sources," which is a part of the Information Quality WWW
Virtual Library. It contains extensive links to evaluation criteria pages,
... and Telephone Numbers and Snail-mail Addresses,
... and People, and Lost Friends, etc.
InfoSpace is claiming to be
the "most comprehensive " place to search out names, telephone numbers
and snail-mail addresses. To locate phone numbers and addresses of people
in Canada, try People
Finder [cookies (cookie
Addresses" site allows you to search a database of e-mail addresses
and names which have been culled from usenet traffic in the past. It seems
fairly quick and complete.
People Search page (How to Find Someone's E-mail Address) seems pretty
good, too, with its own suggestions.
Yahoo has inaugurated a "People
Search" [cookies (cookie
caution)] web site where you can search for snail-mail addresses and
telephone numbers by name. Conversely, if you have a telephone number,
you can search for the name of the person who has that number. The information
is complied from white pages information and other publicly-available information
sources through Database America. So far as I can tell, the names, addresses
and phone numbers are presently only in the U.S.
Title: HTML; Hypertext Markup Language; HTML Theory and Practice;
Help; Getting Started with Creating your own Web pages; Searching the Web;
Publishing on the Web; Publicizing your web site; Searching for E-mail
addresses; Critical Evaluation of Internet Resources; Searching for snail-mail
addresses, telephone and fax numbers.Contact for further information about this page: Chet Meek. Voice: 780+433-6577; E-mail:
email@example.comThe primary URL for this page is at: http://www.GoChet.ca/h_html.htm Page last updated: 14 March 2013 (N4.8, w/SC). Page created:
20 July 1995.