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Authoring encompasses the web site creation process. From design of your site, creating writing and layout with style, graphics creation and optimization, to the markup languages like HTML, to our comprehensive how-to tutorials this is the place to go for Web site creation information. Programming is cross-linked under its own category.

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TaskFreak Open Source Task Manager: Not Pretty but Plenty Practical
TaskFreak, the open source, Web-based task management application, is lightweight, easy to install and use, and works well for both individuals and teams. Just ignore the UI.
Ten Tools Web Developers Can't Live Without
What are the 10 open source and online tools that all Web developers should have in their toolboxes? Here's one developer's list of must-haves.
Web Storage API: More Security, Efficiency and Capacity than Cookies
The Web Storage API not only allows storing larger data in browsers but also in a more secure and efficient way.
Anatomy of a Web Service: XML, SOAP and WSDL for Platform-independent Data Exchange
A Web service basically is a collection of open protocols -- XML, SOAP and WSDL -- that is used to exchange data between applications in a platform-independent way.
A Sitemap Makes Your Website More Google Friendly
Find out why creating and maintaining an up-to-date sitemap for your website is an important step for search engine optimization (SEO).
Web Design Tips for Search Engine Optimization
Use these helpful SEO tips to make the design and code of your website more search engine friendly.
Are Google's Language Translation Web Services Ready for Prime Time?
Are web-based translation services good enough for professional applications? Explore the features in Google's Language Translation services to find out.
The Five Steps for Building a Web Site
Get an overview of a five-step process for successfully building a web site. It starts with defining the purpose and audience and concludes with a beautiful, fully functional web site.
Virtual Keyboards: Input Multilingual Character Sets for the Web
Virtual keyboards eliminate the need to know the codes for every non-English character, but typing with mouse clicks can be a hindrance. Get a complete overview of this nifty new tool.
Create Multilingual Web Sites with Windows Unicode Fonts
To input text in languages other than your keyboard default on Windows platforms, you'll need to do some tweaking. Learn how to enable various International Unicode Keyboards in Windows XP.
Use Web Caching to Make Your Web Site Faster
Get an overview of how the multiple levels of web caching behave and how you can use them to make your site faster.
An Interview with Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Expert
This interview is the beginning of a series on search engines. We'll briefly look at their history, and delve into some of the techniques of optimizing Web sites for search engines. By Lee Underwood. 0812
Want Affordable E-Commerce? Check out Site Build It
Looking for affordable E-Commerce? Then check out Site Build It (SBI). Template driven, SBI shows users how to build a web site with high quality content, coupled with affiliate advertising, rather than just a straight product site. By Nathan Segal. 0804
Behind the Scenes with XHTML
In a previous article, we touched on the requirements for proper XHTML coding, especially in relation to HTML 4.01. Today, we look at what some of those requirements are in relation to the head portion of the Web page. By Lee Underwood. 0730
Software Review: Layout Master 1.1
Creating a layout with CSS can be quite complicated. And even though some WYSIWYG HTML editors offer visual authoring, many Web designers prefer to code by hand. Layout Master 1.1 is a powerful editing tool designed to help remedy that problem. By Lee Underwood. 0722
Software Review: Style Master v.3.5
Cascading Style Sheets are an important element of current web design. Today, Lee Underwood examines Westciv's Style Master, an application dedicated to the creation and tweaking of Style Sheets. 0705
Browser Wars v.2004: Part 2
As the browser wars continue, the battle appears to be changing as many users are switching to other, lesser-known browsers, resulting in an increase in their popularity. Whether a statement of personal choice or a reaction to Microsoft, that remains to be seen. By Lee Underwood. 0623
Browser Wars v.2004: Part 1
As the World Wide Web evolves, it seems as if a war is raging between the biggest players - the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), other browser manufacturers and Microsoft. And the developers? They're caught in the middle. By Lee Underwood. 0617
Why Switch to XHTML?
For Web developers, the learning process never seems to end, especially with coding. As the web evolves, so do the standards, which are moving from HTML to XHTML. Learn why you should consider migrating to this new standard sooner than later. By Lee Underwood. 0610
Software Review: Hypertext Builder 2003
As more and more Web sites are being coded with XHTML, a new generation of software editors are now XHTML-specific. One of those editors is Hypertext Builder 2003, a true XHTML editor. By Lee Underwood. 0602
Software Review: NetObjects Fusion 8
The first major upgrade since June, 2002, version 8 of NetObjects Fusion adds major improvements to the package, such as advanced publishing options, a component manager, a table properties interface, data importing ability, etc. By Lee Underwood. 0519
Web Privacy with P3P
Web Privacy with P3P explains the P3P protocol and shows web site developers how to configure their sites for P3P compliance. Learn about Components, Deployment, and Creating a Privacy Policy. From O'Reilly.
Esssential Blogging
Tired of preaching your message on the local street corner? Try blogging instead. O'Reilly's new title "Essential Blogging" covers the ins and outs of blog software and setup, and our excerpts from chapter 7 provide tips specifically for Radio UserLand.
Practical Internet Code
Learn how to "code friendly," degrade gracefully, and walk through the construction of a dynamic publishing system, all at the same time.
Practicing Safe Code
Kenneth Tibbetts helps everyone keep their pages clean and their users happy.
Web Clipping for the Palm VII
An introduction to providing tasty bite-sized content for the wireless wonder of the moment. By Eric Cook.

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