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Add Functionality to Quick, Easy Site Deployment

More than a Web content management system, Octigon President James Smith calls Octane8 a deployment platform. What exactly can you deploy with Octane8? To name a few: public Internet sites, private intranet and extranet sites; sites for the group you'll be collaborating with for the next two weeks; sites with pages that sell; and sites with pages that inform.

Pastore, Michael. Intranet Journal (2003). Design>Content Management>Web Design


Best Practices For Successful Intranets

Thinking big in the first phase of intranet planning is the nature of e-business, but then it's time to start asking the tough questions. One needs to figure out where the business goals and the user goals need to meet in order to create an intranet that offers the most value.

Barnes, Hank. Intranet Journal (2001). Design>Web Design>Intranets


Beware the Bleeding Edge and Feature Creep

You want to make sure that your systems have a certain amount of longevity — prolonging system lifecycle, avoiding the risk of obsolescence, and maximizing your return on investment — by making use of current technologies while not hastily chasing bleeding-edge promises of some sort of high-tech eden.

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2004). Articles>Web Design>Intranets


Controlling Access to an Extranet

The only real difference today among an extranet, an intranet, and a public Web site is how and when users can access the site. Intranets are often on private networks, and extranets are occasionally, as well; but today's robust access-control mechanisms make private networks less and less essential to providing secure access to either an extranet or an intranet. On the other hand, password-protecting portions of a public Web site is becoming more and more common, and isn't a password-protected Web site the same thing as an extranet?

Bloomberg, Jason. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>Intranets>Workplace


Debunking Five Common Intranet Myths

Over the years I've received many e-mails from readers with some pretty wild, and even dangerous, misconceptions about intranet development and management. In this article I'll take a look at five of these common intranet myths.

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2005). Articles>Web Design>Intranets


Defining an XML Document Model with a DTD

An XML document is considered 'well written' when its syntax is correct, and 'valid' when it respects a document model. While a document must be 'well written,' it does not necessarily have to be 'valid.' However, as XML is a meta language, there are an infinite number of XML formats, and most XML documents should respect a particular document model, which can be defined in one of two ways: By a Document Type Definition (DTD); By an XML Schema. In this article, we are going to look at how you should go about implementing the former, using a DTD.

Gallard, Samuel. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>XML>Metadata


Dreamweaver 4 Tutorial: A Guide for New Users

If you've been thinking of making the jump to Dreamweaver, you couldn't find a better time than now. Version 4 was recently released and has earned a slew of glowing reviews. We've prepared this guide with new users in mind, those who have intranet or Internet experience, but haven't tried Dreamweaver before. The instructions that follow are for Dreamweaver 4.

Dreier, Troy A. Intranet Journal (2000). Resources>Tutorials>Web Design>Dreamweaver


Dynamic Properties in Dynamic HTML (DHTML)

While experimenting with DHTML you may have ended up with a situation where you'd wanted to possibly have an element that has a width that's always the same as another element's height. On the other hand, you may have wanted to center an element in the middle of the page no matter what the width of the page was. All this is possible with the DHTML methods you've learned previously, but you will find that these scripts end up being unnecessarily long or complicated. That's why Dynamic Properties were introduced in IE 5.0. Dynamic Properties, as the name may indicate, means the ability to assign non-static dynamic values to properties.

Gilbert-Baffoe, Nana. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>DHTML


The Emperor's New Web Site

'Viewability' on a Web site may not imply 'usability.' Real Websters know the difference. For example, a recent Web-mag cartoon shows a puzzled 'visitor' in front of a store front. A sign says 'Come on in.' However, the visitor fails to see any door. It's obscured by the Las Vegas pizzazz and animatronic geegaws soliciting attention willy-nilly. Have you seen such Web sites?

Schaffer, Eric M. Intranet Journal (2001). Design>Web Design>Usability


A FrontPage Tutorial

When it comes to Web authoring tools, none is as simple to use at Microsoft FrontPage. With its generous amount of wizards and it's library of templates and images, it's a beginner's dream. You won't need a large staff to create a site that's both useful and professional.

Dreier, Troy A. Intranet Journal (2000). Resources>Web Design>Software>FrontPage


Human-Centered Intranet Design

The role of the developer is to ensure that their systems don't put undue stress on users simply for the sake of technology. Developing for technology alone helps no one. It may showcase the advances in the industry and impress those in-the-know; but after the oohing and aahing stop, it does little to ease the disconnect between the user and the tool.

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2005). Articles>Web Design>Intranets>User Centered Design


Implementing a Search Engine in ASP

As a web site grows, finding content on the site becomes increasingly difficult. To combat the difficulty of finding relevant information on a large site, many developers turn to writing a search engine for their site. This article discusses how to implement such a system using Active Server Pages and SQL Server.

Mitchell, Scott. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>Search


An Introduction to Dynamic HTML (DHTML)

The intranet and Internet is an ever evolving environment, and Web pages themselves are steadily blooming from static displays of data to interactive applications. 'Dynamic HTML' is an umbrella term encompassing several ways in which Web developers can breathe life into pages which have traditionally been still portraits of information.

Weiss, Aaron. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>Standards>DHTML


Introduction to XML: Fixing the Web

What's wrong with the Web and how can the new XML technology fix it? This XML introduction is geared toward newcomers who have heard the buzz, but don't know what all the fuss is about. The article briefly surveys a number of new Web technologies such as XLL, XSL, RDF, DOM, MathML, SMIL, PGML, and how they relate to XML. Benefits of XML are stressed, as are potential applications in diverse fields. A reference section provides links to key XML resources, as well as to collections of other introductory articles.

Sall, Ken. Intranet Journal (2001). Design>Web Design>XML>Metadata


Look Before You Leap: The Importance of an Intranet Pilot

Few of us are brave enough to try something completely new without first taking a tiny bite. Perhaps by past experience, we know that if we take that large leap of faith, one of two things will happen: you'll spit it across the table and commit a catastrophic social faux-pas or you'll gobble it down and ask for seconds. Truth of the matter is that it makes sense to ensure the success of a greater whole by first tackling a smaller piece. Simple HTML-only document management systems of the early 1990's have given way to more robust, content laden intranets with dynamic database integration. With all the different uses for intranets now compared to a decade ago, it's vital to tackle a smaller working model before investing the time, effort, and money into achieving Nirvana in one try.

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2003). Design>Web Design>Intranets


A Macromedia Dreamweaver Tutorial

This tutorial will start off by guiding you through the first steps of building a site with Dreamweaver. Next, we'll look at more advanced elements, like adding media and remotely managing a site. This tutorial focuses on Dreamweaver 3, so if you're using an earlier version, you'll find that some of the features discussed are not available.

Dreier, Troy A. Intranet Journal. Resources>Tutorials>Web Design>Dreamweaver


Privacy 101

It's a fact that some businesses and organizations do not take privacy very seriously. However, the truth is that privacy of confidential customer information is mandated by law — many laws, actually. There are more privacy laws than we can discuss here. But...

Intranet Journal (2003). Articles>Management>Privacy


Selling Old-School Management on an Intranet

How do you get old-school management to support and finance an intranet when they themselves are not likely to use it?

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2004). Articles>Management>Web Design>Intranets


Table Tricks and Truths

Intermediate and advanced developers alike often face problems with tables that they didn't expect. A table may look incorrect in Netscape, things may not be working properly in IE, tables can be so complex that even the professionals forget certain aspects of their use. I shall try to cover some of the issues involved, and some of the Frequently Asked Questions about tables which we receive.

Cooper, Peter. Intranet Journal (2000). Design>Web Design>HTML


Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

How important is tailoring your site for a culturally diverse audience? To some extent it depends on who your target market is; but Web users are increasingly likely to speak languages other than English. For instance, research firm Global Reach predicts that by 2004 only one-third of Web users will be native English speakers. Combine this with IDC's estimate that in three years, Internet spending outside the U.S. will top $914 billion -- two-thirds of the world's $1.64 trillion in e-commerce -- and globalization begins to look less like a nice-to-have than a mandate.

Benett, Gordon. Intranet Journal. Articles>Web Design>International


To Be, or Not To Be: Intranet Justification

Intranets are more than mere applications. An intranet is a community--made up of technology and personnel--that represents and supports an organization's collective knowledge and culture. And as such, the benefits of an intranet are not always apparent. Perhaps they're taken for granted as normal part of day-to-day operation; only in its absence will we truly discover the worth of an intranet.

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2005). Articles>Web Design>Intranets


Top Ten Intranet Design Mistakes

The creator of the award-winning site Web Pages That Suck and co-author of the book of the same name, lists the top 10 mistakes he's found.

Flanders, Vincent. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>Intranets


Top Ten Ways to Lose Your Intranet Users

Intranet developers and content owners are able to grab the attention of their users through momentum. Interest--caused by curiosity, marketing, word-of-mouth, or hype--is raised during initial rollout. And there will always be a surge in your web server's usage logs during this period. But once the novelty has worn off, will your intranet have enough true substance to transform that initial momentum into regular usage?

Chin, Paul. Intranet Journal (2004). Articles>Web Design>Intranets>User Centered Design


A Tutorial in Cross-Browser DHTML

In this article we will look at several techniques, some general, some specific, for constructing Dynamic HTML code which bridges the gap between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator-- specifically, the gap between Netscape 4.x and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 5.

Weiss, Aaron. Intranet Journal. Design>Web Design>Standards>DHTML


Tutorial: Introduction to JavaScript

JavaScript is an easy-to-learn programming language which can be built into Web pages, so that it executes from within the browser rather than on the web server. Intranets especially can leverage the power of JavaScript to create 'smart' Web pages which can process data and interact with the user. In this introduction we concisely look at the main programming points of the JavaScript language.

Weiss, Aaron. Intranet Journal. Resources>Tutorials>DHTML>JavaScript



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