Editorial

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D-Lib Magazine
September 2000

Volume 6 Number 9

ISSN 1082-9873

Editorial

A Matter of Style

 

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Regular readers of D-Lib Magazine may have noticed that the magazine has a slightly different look this month. Earlier this year, we decided to introduce some design changes to meet the following goals:

  • Reduce the number of images on the table of contents page to enable the page to load faster, improve the readability of the page by removing unnecessary text, and reduce the need for scrolling,
  • Introduce simple style sheets to manage layout and improve compliance with HTML 4.01, the current World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation,
  • Begin to structure D-Lib Magazine for future viewing on handheld appliances such as PDAs.

A quick look at the verbs that begin each of the listed items above ("reduce," "introduce" and "begin") should indicate that the changes are meant to be evolutionary, not revolutionary. For example, we have introduced style sheets that will affect the formatting of the entire issue of D-Lib Magazine. We have shied away from using styles that arenít handled well by the major browsers, and tried to ensure that should someone be using a browser that doesnít support style sheets -- or should have their browser preferences set to ignore style sheets -- the magazine pages will still display acceptably and all links will work. We have looked at this issue of D-Lib Magazine on various platforms using different browsers. If we have missed something, please let us know.

As always, we invite your comments and suggestions, not only about the style of the magazine, but also its content.

Bonita Wilson
Managing Editor

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DOI: 10.1045/september2000-editorial-2