The 9 Types of Web Page Creators
Joe/Jane Average College Student
Traits : Owner of a new university-supplied computer account
with httpd access. Complete lack of originality. Multiple
references to beer/Disney movies. Several photos of Student
with college buddies (high school, if freshman Student).
The Good News : They don't know how to get their page linked to
the outside world, so only they and their friends download
their 16.7-million- color pictures from the last party.
The Bad News : They, their friends and their 16.7-million-color
pictures might be on your server.
Mr. "Enhanced For Netscape"
Traits : The second thing you see on his page is a Netscape
logo and a link to an ftp site where you can download Netscape
. The first thing you see is about 80
different s scrolling back and forth across your screen.
The Good News : You won't have to look at their pages for long,
because there won't be much there to see.
The Bad News : Half of the rest of the people who look at their
pages are going to think "Hey, that's cool!" and copy the
Traits : Pages compatible with HTML 1.0, no graphics and very
few attribute tags. Normal-text-size message at top says "This
page not enhanced for Netscape. Cope, whipper-snapper."
The Good News : He's likely there because he has something of
importance to say.
The Bad News : Whatever it is will likely be boring or far too
technical for you.
Traits : Pictures of their parents, the family pet, etc. More
data about the daily life of a kindergartener than you thought
possible. Cute "kiddy-talk" dialect to the text.
contains the note "such-and-such's mother helped her build this
The Good News : The first few of these you see give you a warm,
The Bad News : The last few dozen of these you see all look the
The Computer Science Major
Traits : Links to the linux FAQ, the Geek Code, Star Wars theme
music and DOOM .wad files. Cautious use of Netscape
enhancements. Picture of Darth Vader instead of personal
pictures. HTML 3.0 (Beta) compliant seal-of-approval at bottom
of her page.
The Good News : If you're a geek, you'll find what you're
looking for here. Even if you're not, you'll like the page
The Bad News : Complete lack of socially redeeming qualities.
Unfortunate tendency to upload specs of their home PC.
Traits : Pages without fancy backgrounds and with only one
nice, clean, imagemap. Unfortunately, there are no text-links
for those using Lynx.
The Good News : You won't go blind staring at his pages.
The Bad News : You might wish you had once you see the prices
of the goods/services he's offering.
Traits : Very little created text on their pages, it's almost
all links to other people's pages. Missing right brackets in
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