Grading Your Web Page
by David Padfield (a vintage article from 1997)
You may grade your own papers. This test will not count towards your semester grade, but it will go on your permanent record!
- If your page has edge to edge rulers deduct 5 points per occurrence.
- If your page has "rainbow rulers" deduct 10 points per occurrence.
- If you figured out how to reduce the width of your rulers add 10 points.
- If you avoid the use of rulers altogether add 20 points.
- If visitors to your site have trouble viewing your page due to loud, gaudy and obnoxious background graphics deduct 25 points.
- Deduct 25 points for every graphic wider that 468 pixels (remember, most Web surfers are still using rather small screens).
- If your pages still have the default Netscape gray background, deduct 10 points per occurrence.
- If you viewed your background graphics with both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer before uploading to your server add 10 points.
- If you viewed your background graphics on both Macintosh and IBM computers add 20 points.
- Deduct 5 points for every graphic with "the jaggies."
- If you display one of those stupid "Under Construction" graphics anywhere on your site, deduct 25 points per occurrence (any Web page that is not constantly under construction is already dead!).
- If all of your GIF graphics were made with a "Netscape safe CLUT" give yourself 25 points.
Home Page Graphics...
- If the total is under 30k give yourself 25 points.
- If the total is between 31k and 50k give yourself 10 points.
- If the total is over 51k deduct 10 points.
- If the total is over 75k you can quit this test because no one will ever wait long enough to actually see your page anyway!
- If your home page is just a series of links to other pages deduct 25 points.
- If you have original content on your page add 25 points.
- If you placed "META Tag" descriptions and key words in the header of your home page so people can easily find you through search engines, give yourself a well deserved 25 point bonus!
- Deduct 10 points for every blinking word on your page!
- Deduct 15 points for every time visitors have to hit the "Page Down" key to view your home page (the first time doesn't count).
- Deduct 15 points for every Web search engine you have plastered on you home page (if folks can't find places like Yahoo! without your help they are already brain dead).
- Deduct 10 points for every time you use any of the following words or phrases: Heaven's Gate, Under Construction, Pamela Lee Anderson, Madonna, or Elvis.
- If you use tables to align your graphics add 20 points.
- If your tables have visible borders deduct 10 points per occurrence.
- If the borders on your tables are larger than 2 points wide deduct 25 points.
- Deduct 25 points for every plug-in required to view your home page.
- If your home page lists the plug-ins required for viewing other pages on your site and tells visitors where to obtain such plug-ins, give yourself 20 points.
Updating Your Page...
- If your pages contain the date the page last updated give yourself 20 points.
- If your home page contains a "last updated" notation that is less than a week old give yourself 20 points.
- If your home page contains a "last updated" notation that is more than a month old deduct 10 points.
- If your home page contains a "last updated" notation that is more than two months old, deduct 25 points.
Books (25 points each for reading any of these books)
- Web Page Design, by Lisa Lopuck and Sheryl Hampton
- Designing Web Graphics, by Lynda Weinman
- Creating Killer Websites, by David Siegel
- Great Web Graphics, by Laurie McCanna
- HTML For Dummies, by Ed Tittel
How Did You Score?
- If you scored above 180 points: your site is probably in the upper 10% of websites.
- If you scored between 140 and 180 points: you have room for improvement.
- If you scored between 100 and 140 points: do yourself a favor and read the above mentioned books before you embarrass yourself any further.
- If you scored under 100 points please stop burdening the Internet with your feeble attempts at Web design.