Web Design

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  • Blogging
  • RSS
  • Validation and Testing
  • WordPress
  • Web Design

It sounds like a silly question, but it's really not. Does your blog have a name? In the admin section of most blogging platforms, there's a field for the blog's name. It often defaults to something general like "new site" or its URL. If you remove this default name, but don't replace it with anything, then your blog doesn't have a name.

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  • Accessibility
  • iPad
  • HTML
  • Web Design

I think iPad apps like Flipboard may turn out to be one of the best things to happen to accessibility in quite a while. Not because they are accessibility tools themselves, because they are not. No, this is a bonus for accessibility because it will let users who would never think about accessibility see the consequences of bad code. Good semantic code with all the style controlled by CSS looks wonderful when it's pulled into Flipboard. Poorly written code using inline styles, spaces, and other tricks to control the design don't fair so well.

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  • Web Design
  • Drupal
  • Government on the Web

I recently had the pleasure of finishing another ITD design project, I was able to work with a number of great people at ITD, as well as the NDHP and Department of Emergency Services to update the Amber Alert website. Like the recent NDHP site, this was both a redesign and a Drupal conversion project.  Based strongly on the NDHP's design, the Amber Alert site is built using Zen.

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  • Accessibility
  • Web Design

The specific, but diverse populations within a University have  caused some horrible navigation choices. Who's your audience? If a University directs their navigation towards your students, the faculty can't find anything. If they direct it towards the faculty, the students can't find anything. That's not even considering other audiences like parents, sports fans, and potential students.

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  • Accessibility
  • Web Design
  • Government on the Web
  • Section 508 Compliance

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

"Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations"

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  • Drupal
  • Web Design

Working at ITD, I had the opportunity to redesign the North Dakota Highway Patrol's website. This was both a redesign, and a Drupal conversion project. Using Drupal allowed us to develop a very nice looking site that can easily be maintained. Content can be maintained by the people who are familiar with the organization, the staff of the NDHP. www.nd.gov/ndhp is built in Drupal using Zen.

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  • Web Design

Ze Frank is hiring. I say this not because I'm interested, but because I like the way he wrote the job descriptions. Two statements jump out at me.

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  • Accessibility
  • CSS
  • Web Design
  • Government on the Web

As part of my work with North Dakota Government's Information Technology Department (ITD) I with a team of people maintaining www.nd.gov. We've recently launched a series of updates, with more on the way. My part of the recent changes involved improving the basic HTML structure, the CSS, and overall accessibility. This new structure is now wrapped in a new theme for the Summer. The content and back-end work belongs to others, but the CSS and Photoshop work is mine.

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  • About this Site
  • Drupal
  • Web Design

The changes on this site weren't entirely for the sake of change. I've wanted to change to Drupal for a while, but I just didn't want to spend the time. WordPress was working fine and I had no real reason to change. Now I do. I've been building some other sites for family and family businesses using my personal hosting account. These sites have for one reason or another all changed to Drupal in recent months. One of Drupal's advantages is the ability to build multiple sites on the same code base.

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