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Web Pages for the Ages

Creating and Publishing Web pages on the Internet
Wolinsky
1999

Submitter: I found this book in the teen section of a large public library’s branch library. Who remembers the  Netscape browser from 1999? Well relive it here in this book. The HTML lessons in the book are pretty easy for anyone, teen included, to learn. The graphics and the actual websites they show leave much to the imagination. 1999? Easy weed.

Holly: These old web page books just won’t go away! People, PLEASE! Stop right now, go to your 005’s and WEED. And don’t forget the 005’s in the Teen department. Step 2: Buy something published in this millennium – preferably in this decade. It’s not that hard, I promise. Just the way the title of this book is worded dates it. It’s like “on the Internet” is a new concept, or a hidden or little-known secret that that’s where web pages go. Those screen shots! Those examples! Ugh, seriously, weed it.

<Seriously>

More Awful Internetz:

Computers from Olden Times

Flip Phone Fun

HTML for the 90s

Books about the Interwebz

When the Computer Overlords Run the World

Old School Computer Crime

It’s a Wang!

(See what I mean? They JUST WON’T GO AWAY!)

5 Responses to Web Pages for the Ages

  • I think if any of the books on the internets have those little helper characters in/on them, they should be weeded. That being said, I was asked to interloan a book called Visual Steps Windows XP for Seniors : For Senior Citizens Who Want to Start Using Computers (Computer Books for Seniors series) by Addo Sturr (translated from the Dutch). I called the patron and explained that XP is no longer supported by Microsft and got the excuse that since her XP computer still works, she doesn’t need another, she just needs a bit of refresher on how to use what she has. I finally gave up and ordered it. Amazon still carries it and all the reviews (albeit that they are 9 or 10 years old – some people are still getting it – one review is only 7 months old) gush over it. Senior Citizens apparently like senior books.

  • I just got rid of a ton of these in the children’s dept. of my library. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff I found!

  • There are computer books you can get away with keeping for a remarkably long time; anything dealing with the network maintenance and systems administration side of computing will stay current as long as there’s still hardware from that era in service, likewise books on most programming languages. (Yes, that includes stuff like COBOL or MUMPS, though you might want to glue a flyer from a suicide-prefention charity to the inside cover.) I can even see there being a niche for user-guides for obsolete computers and operating systems, because there’s a small but noticeable hobbyist scene that fixes old machines up to play retro games on.

    But anything web design-related has a shelf life of five years, no more. Not only do design trends change extremely fast, but web browser standards are regularly updated to take into account new technology. Web pages made according to the lessons in that book won’t just be dated and needlessly hard to edit (Cascading Stylesheets weren’t a thing in 1999), they probably won’t even display properly in modern web browsers.

  • How sad that “the ages” turned out to be less than a couple of decades!