The site this column finds most interesting at the moment is, naturally, www. btofaq. net, the BT Openworld user group's frequently asked questions collection. It is not sponsored by BT, so it is nice and workaday and useful.
I am glad to see Jack Schofield sounding off in a recent Sunday Times article about 'clueless'web designers.
His acid test is whether your site designer allows you to change the size of type on screen. On the main Internet Explorer bar hit View, then Text Size on the dropdown menu and see if you can make any difference to the size of the site's type. If you can't, ask your designers what planet they want to work on next.
Schofield has another beef. He says:
'The whole point of the World Wide Web is to deliver information to any type of device. This could be a mobile phone or a text-only green screen. Crippling the page design so that it only works on a PC running Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 showing 800x600 pixels is not just cretinous, it is poisonous. It is harming the idea at the heart of the Web.'
Word has a spell checker which is invaluable - providing you do not have it running as you type. Now it is entirely true that your spelling gets worse the more you rely on a spell checker but, hey, if the spell checker is efficient who cares?
Well, you do when you use a simple text editing applications such as Notepad. So here are some sites where you can download spelling checkers.First is www. quinion com/mqa/spell. htm.There is also www. spellchecker. net/ and you might want to check out www. aspwatch.
com/c/200107/d3889BA85FEAA11D4AF 1400A0C9E95208. asp; www. wintertreesoftware. com/dev/cgispell/index. html;
and www. xde. net/products/product_ SpellChecker. htm.
Also do a Google search along the lines of spell+check+ free+add. My source for these is Fred Langa's terrific daily newsletter.To get it create and send an e-mail to subscribelangalist@lists. dundee. net