Getting to the Web

* Many world processing, graphics and page-layout programs can convert legacy documents to Web-formatted documents. Don’t do the work twice if you don’t hove to.

* If you use Netscape Communicator-free for the download-you have both a browser and a page creation tool. Communicator 4.5 includes Composer, a Web editor that lets you create, spell-check and upload Web pages.

* To serve data, not just canned pages, use a program that lets you design pages to display dynamic data through a plug-in to a Web application server.

* If your Web design program has quality-control tools, use them to scan your site often for broken links, orphan pages and pages that take too long to download.

* Don’t rely on WYSIWYG page design. Check your site in the browsers used by the site’s visitors. You’ll often uncover problems like JavaScript errors, media files that don’t display correctly, corrupted layouts and trouble with file downloading.

* A low-cost upgrade could really pay off. The latest versions of PageMill, Dreamweaver, HomeSite, Cyber-Studio and other authoring programs have improved management and error-checking features.

* When everyone needs to be on the Web team, Web application servers can save time and reduce errors. Server programs can let users check pages for editing, track revisions, foster collaboration and automatically publish documents to a Web site.

—“HAWKINS, DAVID. “For Web page tools, change is the only constant.” Government Computer News 3 May 1999: 49