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Also, use effective layout to gently guide your readers' eyes to areas of
interest in your documents. Do that, by adhering to the basic rules of
document layout and design, such as placing figures and diagrams near
(if not inline with) their content references. Nothing's worse than having
to scroll up and down the browser window in a desperate search for a
picture that can explain everything.
We won't lie and suggest that we're design experts. We aren't, but
they're not hard to find. So, another tip for the serious web page author
is to seek professional help. The best situation is to have design experi-
ence yourself. Next best is to have a pro looking over your shoulder, or
at least somewhere within earshot.
Make a trip to your local library and do some reading on your own, too.
Better yet, browse the various online guides. Check out Web Design in
a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst Robbins (O'Reilly). Your readers will be
glad you did. [ Tools for the Web Designer, 1.6 ]
17.1.2. Consistent Documents
The next best tip we can give you is to reuse your documents. Don't
start from scratch each time. Rather, develop a consistent framework,
even to the point of a content outline into which you add the detail
and character for each page. And endeavor to create CSS2-based
stylesheets so that the look and feel of your documents remains con-
sistent across your collection.
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