HTML (Hyper text markup language) pages, in other words web pages, as originally envisaged and created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, are a wonderfully flexible and efficient means of communicating with our colleagues, customers and the rest of the world.
However, the complexities of web site design, creation and deployment often stand between the person wishing to communicate, and what they want to say, and those with whom they wish to say it.
The process is often slow, highly concerned about "design" in the visual sense, but unresponsive to the author's need to quickly and easily create and edit content.
A growing need
There is a growing need for individuals and businesses to be able to get their words, ideas, images and movies onto the web in a responsive format which will render really nicely on any device, without a great deal of fuss and bother.
Likewise there is a growing need for organisations' more formal communications such as policies, procedures and specifications to be easily readable and understandable on any device.
The best method
HTML pages are the best means of delivering this type of service, provided the process is simple and accessible to anyone and it creates results that meet the needs of mobile users.
Individuals who want to speak to the world and who wish to retain control of their own work need their own web sites, and this is a means of enabling them to achieve this.
The Deskspace CMS App offers a method of publishing business, educational, NFP and government documents that is quicker, cheaper and more effective than traditional means.
In an every more complex world, where there is a real hunger amongst many people for less complexity, for more simplicity, this App is designed to enable and deliver that simplicity.
Page rendering speed
A web browser draws, or renders, a page on the screen of your device, by receiving a string of letters, numbers and a few symbols which together give it all the data and instructions it requires to create a page as near the original as possible, given the resources it has access to on your device.
For example the fonts to which it has access may be only approximately similar to the fonts that you originally used.
The first and immutable factor in determining how long it takes your device to draw this page is the length of that string of characters. The longer the string the more time it will take your device to work out how to draw the page.
At its simplest a very short string of characters is required to display your words on your reader's device.
Cascading style sheets (css)
A modest addition to that string can tell your browser how to use css styling to make your words look better and become more readable.
Unfortunately most web pages comprise massively long strings which can take a great deal of time to reach your device which then has to work out how to render the page. The amount your reader sees on their screen may be a very small fraction of the actual amount of data received by their browser.
Because much web design is based on outmoded ideas, on the idea that to look nice web pages must we filled with images and uses large chunks of code from libraries where the person building the page has no idea how much of the code they are using works.
In consequence, their pages can include a great deal of redundant material, which means their pages are longer than they need to be.
Being able to create nice, fast, responsive web pages, quickly and easily and without fuss and bother will be of great benefit to any organisation or individual.