Relevant Content: The page must have useful content or resource
links that relate directly to Naval or Maritime topics, which also include
Coast Guard; Marine Corps and Naval Infantry; Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and
Air Force (Maritime Patrol only) aviation; Merchant Marine; Sea Scouts
and Sea Cadets; and other topics directly relating to ocean-going vessels,
maritime military forces and the maritime/shipping industry. We do not include
naval architecture & ocean engineering (see
World Wide Web Virtual Library: Naval
Architecture & Ocean Engineering), lighthouses or lifesaving stations
(see World Wide Web Virtual
Library: Lighthouses, Lightships & Lifesaving Stations), lifeguards,
beaches, surfing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailboats, oceanography (except
for naval tactical applications), oceanic ecology or marine biology. The
only "off topic" material included in the site is college-level military
schools, colleges and academies due to our relationship with Alumni of the
United States Naval Academy.
Useful Content: The site content must, in our opinion, provide
useful information to WWWVL users. This may eliminate some sites that are
primarily intended as entertainment. While we may have some difficulty in
evaluating both relevance and usefulness of the content of sites that are
in a language we are not familiar with, we will do our best and there is
no language requirement or barrier to listing of sites not in English.
Credible Content: Content of sites must be credible and when
dealing with historical fact or current naval/maritime affairs should provide
adequately documentation as to the source of material on the site. Sites
that do not clearly identify the author and/or maintainer of the site by
both a given name and a family name or surname will not be listed, as sites
maintained by persons unwilling to identify themselves publicly lack credibility.
Adequate and independently verifiable documentation as to the site author
or maintainer's qualifications may provide sufficient documentation as to
the credibility of otherwise undocumented material. Association, organizational, and corporate
sites may be listed without specific identification of the author and/or maintainer
of the site if the legitimacy of the site can be independantly established, but
even in these instances we would prefer to see the author and/or maintainer of the
site identified by both a given name and a family name or surname.
Usable Content: Pages that may have otherwise useful content
may be not listed if the formatting or display of of the site is such that
the material is not usable. We will not eliminate a site just because it
is ugly or poorly designed, but if ugliness or poor design directly
impacts the usability of the site, it may not be listed. Music that plays
when you enter the site, scrolling or blinking text, text against a background
image that renders it unreadable, and large numbers of animated gif files
may increase bandwidth and be sufficiently annoying as to render the site
not usable; a combination of several will almost ensure that you are not
listed. Please see
of Effective Web Design" from about.com and Charlie Morris'
Web Sites - the Top Ten Signs" if this is not clear to you; if you need
help learning to design pages effectively, please see my
Resources pages. Good design and attractive pages directly speak
to the level of professionalism of your site.
No Duplicative Content or Plagiarism: Sites that substantively
duplicate another site or reflect
plagiarism of material will not be listed. Only one instance
of any page in or derived from the Open
Directory project will be listed.
Disclaimer: Naval and Maritime page of the World Wide Web Virtual
Library is an independent entity that solely reflects the opinions and listing
choices of the maintainers. It is not officially associated with nor does
it represent or reflect the opinions of the United States Navy, the United
States Naval Academy, the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association,
Illinois Institute of Technology, or the World Wide Web Virtual Library.
Submit a Site: Please see our
submissions page to
submit a site for listing.