All lab web pages will conform to XHTML 1.0 (Strict). For our purposes, ``conform'' means to pass the validator at validator.w3.org. For convenience, most pages should include a validation link at the bottom. All CSS code should also pass the validator at jigsaw.w3.org. Most users should start with the template when creating pages.
Since our department is still standardized on Netscape 4.7x, there may be cases where we need to use the Transitional form instead of Strict for the time being. We will not (never, ever) descend into the more kludgey dialects like HTML 3 and HTML 4.
When using acronyms, please enclose them in
<acronym> when appropriate. Check the source for
this document for an example. Tip: do not allow any whitespace other
than ``space'' inside the
Always, always, always specify the image width, the image height, and alternate text for every (every!) image. Always. Without fail.
We will not use GIFs, for philosophical and legal reasons. (A picture is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately with GIFs those thousand words may come from a lawyer for the company which owns the LZW patent.) Instead, we will use PNG for images where lossless compression and indexed color are appropriate. Again, there are some problems with PNGs and Netscape 4.7x, but nothing we can't work around.
Should we need to post any images where lossy compression is appropriate, JPEG should be fine.
Thou shalt not animate thy images unless you have a really, really, really good reason.
Ideally we should post documents as both gzipped postscript and as
PDF, to reach the widest possible audience while still maintaining our
principles. We should also offer plain text abstracts and BibTeX
entries whenever possible. Brian has written a script to help with
document management. To learn more, poke around under
Docs/ or ask someone with a clue (e.g. Brian).