Welcome to the FreeBMD Website standards page.
This page is designed to show the conventions an standards
used to ensure that FreeBMD has a consistent Look and Feel. It is written (so far as possible) to conform to the standards.
Remember that achieving a consistent "look and feel" is only 20% of writing good web pages. High quality content, proof
read by somebody else is far more critical.
- The title should contain a long description of the page
- The page heading should always appear alongside the stamp, aligned center, black font in H1 style.
- The page heading should repeat the page title, but in a concise format, omiting the word "FreeBMD"
- Main Headings describe major sub-divisions of the subject matter
- As a rule of thumb, if people are likely (on first coming to a page) to jump direct to a
section, it is a Main heading. If they are likely to read through paragraph by paragraph, it is a
sub heading (see below)
- Main Headings are left aligned, in red in style H2.
This is a sub heading
- Sub Headings provide a single line preview of the subject matter of a paragraph
- The difference between sub headings and main headings is described above
- Sub Headings should be used in long text pages to break up large blocks of text
- Sub Headings are left aligned, in black, in style H3.
- Make use of UL to produce bullet points
- Make use of OL to produce numbered lists
- Use tables without borders to achieve a neat layout
|Column 1||Column 2
- Use tables with borders to present data.
|Column 1||Column 2
Bold Italics and Colour
- Where Emphasis is required, use Bold Italics or red
- Use emphasis sparingly
- Avoid the use of other colours
- Use background colours to match events
|Ordinary Colour||Dark colour
General Layout & Exceptions
- No horizontal rule between the heading and the page
- Use an introductory sentence about the page before the first sub heading
- Use emb3.jpg as the background
- Handcrafted HTML, produced by craftsmen (and women) is the order of the day. MS FrontPage gives us apoplexy.
- The Main Index and Search page use a modified header that incorporates an extra "hosted by rootsweb" graphic at the top, and a rootsweb
- Pages that actually display index data use a modified copyright strapline that incorporates ONS copyright of the data above and below the data
- The Main Index page omits the "hosted by rootsweb" graphic from the footer (because it looks odd!)
- The Homepage (curiously) has no link to the Homepage).
- The code at the foot of this page (from the link to the home page onwards) is standard for all pages (except those that are noted elsewhere)
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