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The Webb† site was designed by Christopher Hill, then maintained by David Moore until April 2014 when Simon Weston took over.
The Webb site was written using hand crafted HTML 4.01 and
CSS2, using Notepad. Frames have been avoided, mainly due to problems with navigation.
The page header, footer and side menus were implemented using a specially written template expansion program, that produces the bulk of the static HTML pages that are displayed on the site.
The dynamic pages were provided using PHP and MySql database support, both provided by our super-connected host 1&1.
Great store was placed on presenting pages that conform to the relevant Web and English standards, When a new page layout was devised it was checked in IE, Netscape and Opera (versions 6.xx) to provide a consistent look to the site regardless of the browser used. Also checkout the Web Standards Project.
The services of NetMechanic were used to ensure that the site was presentable on older browsers. The HTML pages were validated using CSE HTML Validator and the W3C HTML and CSS validators (just for good measure, although the CSE program does a better job).
Many tips and tricks were be gleaned from Webmonkey and
A List Apart.
† “Webb” with two ‘b’s – a reference to F.W. Webb a man who had a great influence on the LNWR.