WWW pages have a very square look, with very little smoothness
around the columns. A simple technique which can be used
to enhance the look of a page is to use a smooth corner.
This corner should like from one column into another with
the same color as the corner. This gets rid of the sharp
edges that are produced when a column uses a background
colour. Here are two of the corners I've produced for left
and right columns, respectively (see December 2000 for their
You can see that they are half transparent, and half coloured
the same colour as the column (##FFFF99, which is a WWW-safe
The other little trick that I've learnt is to smooth the
edges of the end of a row. A good example of this is at
the top of my home page. I did this with a curved corner
which is white on the top right-hand side, and transparent
on the bottom left-hand side:
Thus, as the background is white, it looks as if there
is a smooth corner at the end.
Oh I also found out why some pages are so difficult to
re-format, it's typically because the were produced from
Microsoft Word, which adds lots of <span> and </span>
statements. If possible, delete them as the embed formating
information, which is difficult to modify. I use the menu
option Clean Up HTML (which the span defined as the tag
I wish to delete) to get rid of these tags.