How to create a website: guiding principles
UNESCO, New Delhi (2005) How to create a website: guiding principles. Unesco, New Delhi, India.
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UNESCO’s orientation in providing intellectual inputs into any endeavours is manifested in the manual “How to create a website: Guiding Principles”. Available in hard copy and CD-ROM, it provides guidelines based on lessons learned and good practices. Rather than provide technical stem-by-step procedures for creating a product, usually found in many handbooks, this manual offers theories, principles, strategies and techniques based on decades of experiences of those who have developed websites that met users’ expectations. For example, to make a website more appealing visually and artistically, principles and lessons learned are given rather than the actual process of designing a visually appealing website. Instead of demonstrating how to configure the server or upload a website on a platform, the manual provides criteria on what server or operating system to choose. Instead of showing how to set up a web-based database, it explains which database software are available in the market and what are their advantages and disadvantages. This way, the manual offers a solid foundation and conceptual grounding that hopefully will ensure a far more sound approach towards the development of technical skills. The guidelines are meant to assist those who are planning to develop websites that deal with programmes and activities. A specific project – the Silk Road – is utilized as an example. However, the added value is that the manual’s guidelines can serve as blueprint or guidepost for any topic that needs to be delivered through the World Wide Web. It is hoped that the manual will provide a ready-to-use toolkit for developers who want to learn how to develop websites that work, and more specifically, the websites on cultural programmes.
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