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What is a Web Page ?
A web page is a "screenful" of information. It can be physically many times the length of a A4 sheet of paper, or only a few lines.
Different lengths of page are used for different purposes and in different circumstances. When we speak of a web page in terms of design, we generally consider it to be on average, one screen wide and, typically, about half a paper A4 page or a bit longer.
Pages can have coloured backgrounds, or textures, so it is possible to carry themes through a multi-page site by the use of colour. Care needs to be taken however, because not all viewers will have the latest high tech equipment capable of seeing more than 216 colours, and in some circumstances, it will be necessary to limit the number of colours to avoid confusion for users. This sort of quality experience and attention to detail is our hallmark.
Pages serve different purposes. For example, on a small multi-page website, the first page is likely to be a sort of summary, contents or menu page, from which other pages may be accessed.
If it is a huge site, there may be cascading layers of contents pages, or an "image map" of the site on each of the pages, to make navigation around the site easier. A popular vogue at the moment is a coloured panel on the left or top of the screen to locate the sitemap and navigational controls, as on this page.
Some pages will be mostly information, and therefore biased toward text. Others will be a mixture of text and photographs or computer graphics, perhaps even animated, and some pages could be mostly images.
Usually, pages would have "banner" perhaps incorporating the logo of the organisation at, or toward, the top of the page, and contact details at the foot.
|A sample banner|
Page furniture can improve the layout of your web pages.
may be used as appropriate for emphasis, or to make it easy for viewers to find what they want.
| Decorative features|
| such as bullet points|
| or attractive section divider lines|
| such as these|
Most website pages have interactive links that allow users to move from page to page (and even from site to site if you wish) without wasting time having to go through multiple layers of menus like teletext.
Where required, a response form can be provided a one page. This is useful where you want to collect information from your visitors in a standard format.