Tag: accessibility

Web design protocols

As web design continues to grow, we seem to be bombarded with an endless list of client requirements that we need to adhere to.Some are interested in accessibility, some think they are avid designers themselves, most won’t take no for an answer.There are a number of tools available to help alleviate some of the production time associated with our projects. Most of these tools are battling for our attention and they mainly deal with the initial planning of a project or website.I’ve recently been using Slickplan to create simple site maps.

Everyone can draw a sitemap if they really wanted to, but why should it take an hour when it could take 5 minutes. Slickplan is really easy to use and, although it’s not extensive, it will quickly produce a site map that your client can read.The hole in between a sitemap and a design is plugged with a wireframing application. In the past, I’ve been using PowerPoint to create wireframes. The presentation is largely dependent on the library of elements at your disposal but again the process can be slow and largely dissappointing. It can be quite difficult to line elements up and even if you manage that, it can still look quite poor.

IE6: The Demise

A couple of weeks ago I tweeted “just finishing another website, is it still too early to disregard IE6”.It seems that for once, I hadn’t spoken too soon.First Google, then YouTube announced the end of supporting arguably the worst browser of all time. Had I pre-empted this massive switch off?

Probably not, I’ve been moaning about IE6 for a number of years, as has the rest of the web development community.But now the time has truly come to rid the world of this old cumbersome beast. The only bad point is that with a full scale TV advertising campaign in full swing, it may only increase IE8’s market share. (Cue annoying fanfare – 7 second demos).