Archive: April 2007

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A website that works for you will capture your prospective client's attention, touch their heart, and encourage them to see you as the solution to their problem. - High End Web Design

A great turn of a phrase, and a better post. Five great ideas for improving your site. For giving it more focused content, and giving the audience what they're looking for. Almost all sites could use a little more clarity of purpose. Could yours?

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There is a web design survey being taken at A list Apart. If you are a designer, go and take it.

Designers, developers, project managers. Writers and editors. Information architects and usability specialists. People who make websites have been at it for more than a dozen years, yet almost nothing is known, statistically, about our profession. Who are we? Where do we live? What are our titles, our skills, our educational backgrounds? Where and with whom do we work? What do we earn? What do we value?

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Why do you have a website? Does your site fulfill its purpose? The old quote goes "Form ever follows function". That's as true in websites as it is about architecture. How your site is design is defined by how you want it to be used... or it should be. Does your site do what it's intended to do? Look around at websites long enough, and you'll see a lot of sites that don't let their function define their form. They were designed for one purpose, and are serving another. Maybe the site's purpose has evolved with the times, but the design has lagged behind, maybe there is another reason.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved in the shootings at Virginia Tech.

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Should you use bold or strong, italic or emphasis? It's all in the context. Strong <strong> and emphasis <em> are logical tags, and are the correct tags to be using in html to add emphasis to content. They can be read differently by screen readers, and their purpose is just that. They make your site more understandable to the portion of your audience that isn't using a browsers to get your content. Italic <i> and bold <b> are font characteristics, and while commonly associated with Strong and Emphasis, don't have to be.

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456 Berea Street has a nice post on Guidelines for creating better markup today. I the classitis suggestion the best.

Avoid classitis. Does every element you want to style with CSS have a class attribute? They almost certainly do not need to. Use descendant selectors instead.

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In a flurry of activity I finished up my latest web design project. It's not an original design on my part. I did some significant work on the CSS, but it is otherwise a standard university template. Most of the CSS work was in two areas. The first was a color scheme change, removing the template's blue highlights and replacing them with Orange. This was more difficult than you might think. The second part had to do with integrating the online event registration system of the site with the modified templates.