The Web Design Group

Style guide for online hypertext

Document style: Give its status

As the saying goes, "All Web pages are permanently under construction." Adding the infamous "Under construction" logo serves little purpose, but a note that some sections are incomplete is useful. Even when it is not fully ready, it might be enough for someone reading it. Do not link to pages that are not ready.

The date of the last update or modification is almost required. If it is at the top of a document, a reader can quickly determine if he has already seen this version and abort the transfer if this is the case. This also explains why it is so important to have a consistent style for all documents: it helps a reader to locate the information he wants.

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Last updated: 30 Sep 1997
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