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Designing the head of a Web page

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Every page should start with a title. In HTML, there are two kinds of titles:

Hence, it is probably a good idea to use both title types on each page. For clarity, use the same text in both titles.

Some designers like to include navigational links at the top of the page, even above the <h1> title. For example, you might have a line something like this:

    Next / Previous / Home / Table of contents / Index
where each word or phrase is a link to the next topic, previous topic, first page, contents page, or index. If you always use the same format, even in cases where there is no previous or next page, then the user can click through sequential material without moving the pointing device.

For more discussion on how to provide navigational links, see `Designing the end links of a Web page'.

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Last updated: 1995/12/19 18:39:54 UT
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