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Amaya – a unique tool for the web

The Amaya project started in 1996. It was carried out and financed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and organization whose primary goal is maintaining and developing international web standards. W3C wanted to present the true potential of the Web as well as to show the modern web technologies all put in a single well-equipped web client. From this investment of money, time and effort the Amaya browser was born, an application not only unique at the time it was created, but also constantly enhanced and developed today.

At first Amaya was simply a HTML + CSS editor, that you could easily use to create a website of your own, no matter if it was just a single page advertising your real estate business or a more complex financial site. As the development of Amaya progressed support for XML and numerous XML applications (for example those from groups XHTML, MathML and SVG) were added.

The current version of Amaya is much more than just a web browser. It’s a powerful tool with versatile and universal editing features available. It is possible to edit all kinds of HTML document as well as style sheets and XML files. Due to their growing popularity SVG images are also supported. More »

Increase the value of your business website by adopting web standards

A strong advantage of running your real estate, financial or business activities via a web-standards based sites is that maintenance is made easier, which means your website can changed more easily. Because all styles are contained in external (CSS) Style Sheets it is now possible to alter a whole color scheme of your business website by introducing change only to a small number of essential values. What is more, as there is no styling information in the HTML itself it is more neat and easy to read as well as significantly reduced in size thus making any further alterations easier than before. Reduced file sizes of your financial website  will contribute to an increased page load time (which allows your customers for a better experience if they have slow connections), lower bandwidth consumption (thus making hosting costs of your business lower).
Another benefit of well structured standards based business websites is that in addition to being accessible to your potential customers, they will also frequently become more accessible to different search engines. Inaccessible financial websites with poor structure may typically be a cause of the relevance of your text being misinterpreted by search engines. As a consequence you will most likely be losing money out in search engine listings. If you decide that your real estate or mortgage website should have a clean and well-structured design you are will be helping to ensure that your business site (and its keywords) is properly represented in all search engines and is considered more relevant than non-standards based sites in your industry.

Be smart use CSS

If you have tried to do at least some basic designing in HTML, you have probably already found out that it has serious limitations as far as layout design is concerned. Obviously you have six different headings values and six different sizes of fonts at your disposal. You are free to use tables, and you are able to control alignment etc. These features are sufficient to create a nicely looking document that clearly presents the true structure of information. However, you’d probably want to achieve some spectacular layout results that can be seen in financial magazines, casino printed brochures etc. That’s where CSS can help you.
CSS (short for Cascading Style Sheets) gives you much more control over the layout of your web pages. It allows you to specify exactly how big a font should be, exactly where an element should be placed on a page, define the looks of a page when printed, and much more…
By using CSS you can also save a lot of time, especially when you work with a large site (for example a health website with a lot of subpages). Additionally, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommends that web developers use CSS tags instead of HTML tags wherever possible. The W3C are gradually phasing out quite a few of these HTML tags.

Advantages of CSS

  • CSS saves your time: When you first learn HTML, you find out that you must define the font face, size, color, style and other attributes every time they occur on a given page. As a result you find yourself typing, copying and pasting the same thing over and over again. CSS allows you to describe these details only once for any element (for example you can specify all h2 text on your entertainment blog to be size 12, green, Verdana). The specified styles will be automatically applied whenever that element occurs.
  • Pages load faster: Because there is less code involved in your pages (you don’t have to repeat the same attributes all the time) this allows you to reduce page download times.
  • Easy maintenance: When you want to change the style of a given element, you can easily find it in the style sheet and it has to be edited only once.
  • Superior styles to HTML: With CSS you gain access to a much wider range of attributes than with HTML.

Disadvantages of CSS

  • Browser compatibility: Browsers may have different levels of CSS support. As a result, some CSS features are supported and some aren’t. To mess things up a bit more, certain browser manufacturers decided to devise their own proprietary tags. Luckily, browser compatibility slowly losing its significance as the latest browser versions are much more standards-compliant than their earlier counterparts.

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