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As many of us know by now, programmers are lazy. This is not always a bad thing, as short command options have saved the computer community enumerable keystrokes. However, those working on webpages cannot be excused laziness.

This webpage was created to help curve a blight of lazy programming that causes many websurfers inconvience. Lazy programming can directly affect a company's bottom line because, if their webpage doesn't display well, netizens won't make purchases there. Simple fact.

One of the important aspects of any piece of programming is to make the code robust and well-defined. That way, whenever something unexpected happens, the code or the executing software has something to fall back on. The problem with html programmers is that they often fail to define simple pieces of their code, instead relying on default options to save them the trouble of adding the few extra characters.

One of the most obvious (and annoying) mistakes lie in defining the color of webpage backgrounds and text color.

Many websites naievly assume that every single web surfer in the entire world chooses the default dispaly colors. Many users do not use the defaults because, as in the case of windows and KDE's konqueor, the file manager and web browser are the same application.

For example, if one prefers the gentle, soothing colors of green text on a black background, many webpages will not be displayed correctly. Is this the users fault for using a non-standard color scheme? Of course not. If the web designers intended everyone to view their pages with black text, they need to define that in the code.

Here is a list of handy HTML commands, because....I forget them too.


New Line is: <br />
New Paragraph is: <p>
Bold Text is: <b> text </b>
Font Color/size are: <font color="#059acf" size="5"> text </font>
Link to website: <a href=""> linking text </a>
Horizontal Rule is: <hr color="#123abc" size="3">
Center text is: <center> text </center>
Ampersign: &amp;
Non-breaking space:&nbsp;
Show an open tag: &lt;
Show a close tag: &gt;
Bullet list: li

Table Tags

<table border="1" bordercolor="#000000" align="left" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
  <td>row 1, cell 1</td>
  <td>row 1, cell 2</td>
  <td>row 2, cell 1</td>
  <td>row 2, cell 2</td>
yeah, I got nothin

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