The UBS pages are not in any way affiliated with the Union Bank of Switzerland. They are simply a selection of texts used by UBS in their commercials in the late 1990s. The texts were chosen for the simple reason that they provide some (moderately) unusual content. They were originally posted in a most unsightly format on an AOL personal web page at a time when everyone else was making a web page and I thought I would too.

The upgraded version of these pages debuted at this sight in the fall of 2001. Again, the purpose was principally whimsy: I was learning HTML and needed something to use to practice graphics and frames. The "exciting launch" came about as a way to practice combining javascript and cascading style sheets. More of this sort of thing, including javascript form manipulation, may be used for further changes, upgrades or alternative viewing formats depending on the author's progress learning about scripting.

I would note that though these pages may lack the flair of the average Dreamweaver creation, they have at least been an interesting learning experience. All of the code on these pages is handcrafted, having been typed up line-by-line with Microsoft Notepad.

If you're new to the web and wish to create similar (or even better!) pages (and know how and why they work), feel free to look at my source code. It isn't pretty or well-commented, but it isn't overly complicated either.

A better way to learn about web-page construction would be to use the following:

Elizabeth Castro's Visual Quickstart Guide: HTML4 for the World Wide Web (2000)

Dick Oliver's Sam's Teach Yourself HTML in 24 hours (1999)

Both these books give a lot of useful information on constructing web pages as well as guiding the reader through creating their own pages.

You can buy these books, as well as others on web page design at our Amazon Associates bookshop.

Also, check out The Webmonkey, the coolest internet guide to web design, featuring Thau's Javascript Tutorial.

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