HWG-News Tips Late May 2000
HWG-News features member-submitted "tips" in each issue, in the space
between articles and announcements. These were the tips submitted for
20 May 2000
newsletter, for the following category:
XHTML is here! What are some tips to help web developers transition
their sites from HTML 4.0 to XHTML 1.0
This issue's winner!
Ease the transition to XHTML 1.0 by using the following conventions
when writing web pages:
1. Use lowercase for all tags
2. Place quotes around all attribute values
For example: Use <div id="myName"> instead of <DIV ID=myName>
3. Terminate all single-tag elements. Use <br /> instead of <br>
4. Do not overlap tags, nest them instead
For Example: Use <b><i>my text</i></b> insead of
-- Submitted by Terry Felke <email@example.com>
Other Tips for XHTML Transition
The three big things I found were:
- Get into the habit of closing all tags.
- Start putting all tags in lower case.
- Use style sheets as much as possible to separate content from
-- Submitted by Stephen Moffitt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I teach Internet development classes at a local training center, and I
have been recommending to my students for over a year that they close
all tags, even those such as <p> where the closing tag is optional.
Even if you are not ready to move to XHTML, closing all tags will make
it easier to transition when you do. And leaving out closing tags can
cause CSS problems in some browsers.
-- Submitted by Sheila S. Ruth <email@example.com>