When setting up a web page there are three different styles of structure that a person can use to make the web page easy for the user to navigate. The first structure is linear. This is the most basic one and is best for a small web page in which the information is to be viewed in order. This means that the information is viewed not unlike how one would read a book. One page is viewed at a time in the sequence that it is written.
The second structure is hierarchical. This structure breaks down the information into sections or chapters if we are to continue with the book analogy. What this means is that the viewer of the page can jump from section to section of the web page only viewing the information that they need. Like if one were looking something up in a book and knew the information was in chapter 2 they would not read chapter one to get to chapter two. This structure has links so that the user can go from page to page and skip the information that they do not need.
The final structure is a mixed structure. This is for very large and complex websites. This structure is a combination of hierarchical and linear. This is good for a website like Amazon.com, for example. They have thousands and thousands of different products for sale. If the site were linear it could take days to find the product that you needed. If one was looking for a book by an author they likethey can type their name in the search portion of the site and all of their books would be listed in a linear order. I prefer this type of web site because it is easy to navigate and it can also have links to subjects that relate to the one that I am researching. Such as if I like a certain movie it can also show me movie titles that are in the same genre.
Two websites that I frequent that use the mixed structure and www.amazon.com and www.g4tv.com. Both of these sites have a large amount of information that can be accessed easily.
Cascading Style Sheets are a tool that is used when designing a web page to make it easier for the person to access the information by making it stick out on the page. By using different colors and fonts the access portal to the information is easy to find. By clicking on the differently colored word or sentence the user will be taken directly to the information that they need. I find that CSS are simpler to use then the typical HTML commands in that they are more intuitive.