Downloadable Standards Documents

The great thing about standards is that you can have so many of them...

HTML & HTTP
Other Internet Standards
System Modeling

HTML & HTTP

The best source of information about HTML and HTTP related standards is the World Wide Web Consortium site. Here are some of the more popular standards and reference documents:

Visit the Web Design Book Reviews page for recommended books on Web design.
Visit the HTML Book Reviews page for recommended books on HTML.
Visit the Internet Standards Links page for more Internet standards and resources.

Other Internet Standards

RFCs (Request For Comment) specify exactly how software on the Internet should work. RFCs are not light reading but are indispensable if you’re doing Internet programming. Current RFCs are on the RFC Editor site, but they may prove hard to find. Yahoo has a powerful and easy-to-use RFC page. Here are some of the most useful RFCs and Internet drafts in text format:

System Modeling

Models are like schematics or blueprints for software. There are many competing standards for describing systems and databases. The IDEF standards are widely used in government and industry, and supported by popular CASE tools.

Visit the Database Design Book Review page for recommended books on database design.