In 2004, I created a web site on a commercial web hosting service for the Vancouver Area Brass Band Society, and moved the LMBB web site to a sub-domain of vabbs.org. This presented the opportunity to freshen up the look of the LMBB web site, and to upgrade its underlying technology. Both the new VABBS and renovated LMBB web sites make use of PHP, HTML 4.01 and CSS.
I tried a variety of HTML/web page editors - I found Microsoft FrontPage, PHPEdit, and Nvu to be among the most suitable for my way of working. The one I seem to have settled on, however, is PSPad, integrated with TopStyle Lite for CSS stylesheet editing and Abyss Web Server for testing the PHP, HTML and CSS together.
The bane of web site creators universally: even when web pages validate as "correct" HTML and CSS, different browsers and versions of browsers render them differently, relative to the intended result. I graded the browser tests against the renovated LMBB web pages with the following grades:
|Opera 7.54 on Windows XP SP1||A+|
|Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows XP SP1||A-|
|Firefox 1.0PR on Windows XP SP1||A+|
|Opera 6.05 on Windows 95||A|
|Internet Explorer 5.5 on Windows 95||A-|
I used Draw Plus 4 to trace a picture of a cornet, and to draw the LMBB logo. I also used Draw Plus 4 to create the page header on the home page.
Updated 2004 Oct 28, 15:41