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Conventions, Guidelines & Standards for Internet Resources

Edited by Dr T.Matthew Ciolek

[Est.: 4th October 1994. Last updated: 5 May 1999.]

This document keeps track of materials dealing with conventions, standards, guidelines and management procedures aimed at the improving quality of the networked information.

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Please mail Dr T.Matthew Ciolek if you know of relevant document not in these pages. Conversely, please notify maintainers of this document if you feel that any of the URLs listed on this page is no longer good enough to be listed here. Your feed-back will be gratefully appreciated.


  1. Style Guide for online hypertext (W3C,USA)
    [Tim Berners-Lee (WWW Consortium) cookbook for helping people create better web sites. Contents: *Introduction * Etiquette for a server administrators * Overall structure of a work (Structure for the reader, Trees, Document size, To refer or to copy) * Within each document (Sign it!, Give its status, Give links into context, A good title, Don't format for a particular browser, Think about printing it, Keep it readable, Don't mention the mechanics) * Test your document * Ramblings: Related but more random thoughts. Under construction. (Acceptable Content, Educational hypertext and the "why" link, Why one should provide why links) * Background reading * Reader comments]
  2. Guide to Web Style (,USA)
    [Rick Levine's (Sun Microsystems, Inc) cookbook for helping people create better web sites. Contents: Purposes; Audience; Links; Page Length; Graphics; Image Maps; Navigation; Security; Quality; Netiquette; Content; Selling; Language; Java; Further Reading]
  3. Style Guide for Authors of Web Pages (U.Maryland, USA)
    [1996 Style Guide]
  4. ERIN WWW Server Style Guide (ERIN,Australia)
  5. Top Ten Things Not to Do On a Web Page
  6. Web Authoring Style Guide (,USA)
  7. Elements of Style for Web Design (,USA)
    [by Christine Quinn]
  8. Stanford WWW Pages - standardization attempt (Stanford U,USA)
  9. Yale WWW Server Guide (Yale U,USA)
  10. 12 Web Page Design Decisions for Business and Organisations (Ralph Wilson Writing Services,USA)
  11. W3C Workshop on Stylesheets, Paris, France, 6-7 Nov 1995 (
    [The goal of the workshop is to present the current status of style sheets, and to provide a forum for discussing future development and deployment of style sheets on the web]

Standards and Templates

    Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
  1. Hansen, David, Bob Vogler, and Patrick Wright. 1995. Guide for the Implementation of the Content Standards for Geospatial Metadata by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  2. DPIE Web Page Standards and Guidelines (,Australia)
    [Standards for a PIENet Web Page, PIENet Template, Definitions Used, Useful URLs, Guidelines for Good Design]
  3. Web Page Standards and Guidelines (U.Wisconsin,USA)
    [Content, Design and Procedural/Technical standards for pages developed by UW-Madison Campus Libraries]
  4. Guidelines, Standards, Templates & Policies for WWW publications at Florida Atlantic University (FAU,USA)
  5. 1995 Asia Pacific WWW Conference papers Style Guide (,Australia)
    [Style guides, templates and hypertext reference standards for an online scholarly publication]
  6. Templates for Personal Web Pages (Stanford U,USA)

Text Encoding

  1. TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (Virginia U,USA)

Meta-Data Tags

  1. The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set Home Page (,UK) [the official human-readable convention for embedding metadata in HTML]
  2. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). 1994.
  3. Koch, Traugott. 1996. Dublin Core Element Set: The 15 elements,

Other materials

  1. Engineering vs. Evolution: Building a Case for Web Site Design Conventions. An article in the VANTAGE POINT, v 1.01 : 02 May 97.
  2. Architecture For Access To Government Information (ADFA,Australia)
    [Jul 1996 document prepared by the Information Management Steering Committee-Technical Group (IMSC-TG), Canberra, Australia]
  3. Babson College Quality Gopher (Babson College,USA)
  4. The Bible of USENET (U.Nth Carolina,USA)
  5. Defense Information Systems Agency - Center for Standards (CFS) (DISA,USA)
  6. Future Network Resource Dicovery Tools - Guide & Bibliography (Emory U,USA)
  7. National Institute of Standards & Technology Server (NIST,USA)
  8. Online Standards Documentation (,USA)
  9. Quality Enhancement Gopher (U.Minnesota,USA)
  10. StatLib---Journal of Quality Technology Archive (Carnegie Mellon U,USA)
  11. Telecom Information Resources on the Internet (U.Michigan,USA)
  12. Total Quality Management - Reading List (Clemson U,USA)
  13. Workgroup on Graphical Programming & Intelligent User Interfaces (Leeds U,UK)

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