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Forum: HTML and Browsers
Category: The Browser Side World
Moderators: incrediBILL
Past Moderators: tedster [webmasterworld.com] (R.I.P. [webmasterworld.com]), korkus2000, BlobFisk, encyclo
Founded: June 21, 2000
Description: HTML, CSS, XHTML, XML, XSLT, client-side scripting, etc.
Forum Milestones:
10,000 messages on March 12, 2002
20,000 messages on July 23, 2002
50,000 messages on December 13, 2003

If there were ever a heart to the internet, it would be The Browser. It wasn't until the fabled Mosaic was written that the Internet as we know it was born.
Today's browser still rides the coat tails of Mosaic and Hypertext (although a great deal more complex).

Posting Topics:
This forum concerns how to construct the files that exist on a web server that eventually get delivered and rendered by the web browser. It covers the broad spectrum of how to do that. All discussion of web browsers (including those not specifically related to rendering), as well as the host of the W3C specifications are fair game for this forum.

Please note that we have forums dedicated to CSS and to Javascript. Those are the appropriate place to discuss "pure" CSS or JavaScript topics.

Finally, we cover the general task of how to create great user interfaces using these tools.

About the Moderating Process
Given that some informative threads end up unwieldy due to accumulated sidebar comments, we also may do some "fat-cutting" as threads grow. Threads 2 hours to 2 weeks old may have "me too" and off-topic comments removed without notice.

About Private Messages
Public mentions of "Please Sticky Me", "I sent you a PM" and so forth are not appropriate. Those who want to converse privately with another member should initiate their private correspondence with that person, or have faith that those who want private content will reach out to you. This practice helps create a thread that can help many people well into the future.

Posting HTML Code
Please read these guidelines before posting HTML in the forum. Excessive code will be removed. We appreciate that it's often neccessary to include a little code (please remove any specific details that point to a particular website.) But it is not appropriate to expect other members to debug your entire page - a short snippet that focuses on the problem area is all that is required. For a good overview, please, read the WebmasterWorld Guide to Posting your HTML and CSS [webmasterworld.com].

Site Reviews and Links
We do NOT accept requests for site reviews, links to "test pages", "examples", screen shots or personal URLs of any nature. Please do not post any information of any kind that leads people to find your site or any other. This means no domain names or search terms, and includes drawing attention to your profile.

We prefer to educate by giving authoritative resources and thereby prevent any possible conflicts of interest. Furthermore, links may change, rendering the thread useless to someone a few months, or even weeks, from now. Verbalized problem descriptions will be useful for years to come!

For all those reasons, please do not link to other forums and blogs, except for truly official source of information.

These are the links we like to see:

1. Authoritative educational material - sites such as the W3C, Microsoft, Apache, search engine guidelines, Mozilla.org, and Standards documents. These are lots more helpful than posting non-standard "cowboy code" opinions and guesswork. Bad information will live on, and be read for years and years, so we like to avoid it as much as possible.

2. Timely authoritative and credible news stories - sites such as: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PCWorld, Wired, The BBC, CNN, NBC (cbs,abc...etc).

Abbreviations and terms you may see in this forum:

  • IETF: Internet Engineering Task Force, the organization responsible for specifications for the plumbing of the Internet, such as HTTP, SMTP, FTP, etc. Requests for Comments (RFCs) can be found at [ietf.org...]
  • W3C: World Wide Web Consortium, the committees that decide the specifications for the web. Specifications can be found at [w3.org...]
  • IE: Internet Explorer, Microsoft's web browser.
  • NN: Netscape Navigator browser, the one time champion now off in the corner
  • Moz: Mozilla, the open source browser and the inner works for Netscape 6.x and 7.x. Now superceded by Firefox.
  • Firefox: Cross-platform, open source browser created from the Mozilla core. Netscape 8 is based on Firefox. Please use the dedicated Firefox Browser Usage and Support [webmasterworld.com] for Firefox-specific questions.
  • Opera: Another web browser quickly gaining market share. Please use the dedicated Opera Browser Usage and Support [webmasterworld.com] for Opera-specific questions.
  • Safari: The Macintosh browser for OS X
  • HTML: HyperText Markup Language, marked up text that is interpreted by a web browser.
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets, a specification for how information should be rendered, separate from the data it is rendering.
  • XML: eXtensible Markup Language, a specification for how to mark up data.
  • XSLT: eXtensible Style Language Transformation, a specification for a means of turning XML into something else, usually HTML.
  • XHTML: The HTML specification reformulated into a subset of XML.
  • See the W3C web site for the many other web specifications.