WPDFD Issue #22 - January 01, 2000

Happy New Millennium!

The year 2000 will prove to be an important milestone when somebody eventually writes the history of Web design. The last five years have seen the Web go through its birth pangs, its toddling stage, its first words. It has stumbled, fallen over and picked itself up quite a few times but now it is more steady on its feet and has a useful, if not sophisticated vocabulary. With its ever growing confidence, it can now start to do something serious.

Comment

2000 and beyond One of the questions I am often asked by readers is "How do you see the future of the Web?" In other words, where is this all going? Well, I have to grin and say to myself, "How should I know?" It is a very difficult question, especially if no time frame is suggested. Some things are relatively easy to predict because they are the natural progression of what's happening now.

Tricks and Tips

All modern browsers can display background images. These can be small rectangular images that the browser 'tiles' to fill the window. The background of this page, for instance, is a small GIF file that repeats to fill the space. Each single 'tile' can be as small as you like but although a 2 x 2 pixel tile will download very quickly, it requires more processing time to fill the screen, so screen updates will be painfully obvious.

Review

Dreamweaver 3.0 Dreamweaver is already one of the most highly respected Web authoring tools around. It's one of the few WYSIWYG editors that doesn't mess-up your hand coding and that must surely be one of the main reason for its general adoption by professional Web designers. Version 3.0 has commendably built on Dreamweaver's strengths, although it hasn't done a lot to improve its weaknesses.