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Website Building Guidelines

I came across a really useful publication dating from 1996, which I believe still holds true today. It was put together by Apple, they of the IPhone, Macintosh computers and lots of software fame.

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Plan Your Site
Have an Objective
Develop Content Before
Add Value
Provide The Basics
Provide Author or Contact Person Information
Identify With your Corporation or Institution
List your URL
Let People Know How Current the Site Is
Communicate Effectively
Keep Pages Short
Use Formatting Wisely
Summarize Information
Use Specific Link References
Define a Language Style
Use Familiar Technology
Capitalization for Human Interface Elements
Use Useful and Clear Error Messages
Help Users Find Their Way
Take Advantage of Keywords
Provide a Directory of Your Site
Minimize the Need to Scroll and Resize
Use Descriptive Titles
Choose the Appropriate Depth Versus Breadth for Your Site
Use Appropriate Navigation buttons
Avoid Dead Ends
Include Internal Links on Long Pages
Include Links to the Key Locations in Your Data
Duplicate Navigational Items at the Bottom of Your Pages
Use Cross References
Provide a Search Mechanism
Design for Efficiency
Don’t Bury Information
Minimize File Size
Use Small Images
Use Thumbnail Graphics
Repeat Images Where Possible
Specify the Width and Height for Graphics
Use Interlaced Images
Know the Difference Between GIF and JPEG
Accommodate Differences
Provide Alternate Text for Images
Provide Files in Cross-Platform Format
Let Users Decide
Make it Look Nice
Use Appropriate Formatting
Design for Different Page Orientations
Use Caps/Lower Case or Initial Cap Style for Headings
Use Empty (White) Space Liberally
Establish a Layout Grid for Your Site
Use a Consistent Visual Design Language
Encourage Dialog
Provide Ways for People to Interact With Each Other
Provide an E-mail Contact
Provide a Way for People to Request Specific Information
Make the Interaction Live, If You Can
Think Globally
Provide A Way For Users To Choose A Language
Choose Your Graphics Wisely
Consider Language Differences
Avoid Assumptions About Text
Consider Alignment Differences
Maintain Your Site
Test Your Web Site
Copy Edit Your Pages
Check For Broken Links
Update Your Site Regularly
Keep Information Timely
Provide Access To Archived Information

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