My work as a web designer so far has involved all aspects of developing a website from start to finish. This includes consulting with the client about their aims, developing site structure, producing mock up designs, editing content text and images, building the site, optimising the code for search engines, testing across the different browsers, and finally publishing the website. All stages of the process are equally important in achieving a good result.
Accessibility and usability
The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has produced the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), to ensure that people with different abilities are not excluded from the World Wide Web. I always aim to take account of these guidelines my design and coding work.
Accessibilty is also about making a site 'usable', ie easy to navigate and to read. This means using plain language, and providing familiar visual clues to guide users to find what they are looking for.
Web design & web standards
The W3C recommendation of using HTML and CSS to seperate the content from the styling of a website made it possible to develop cleaner, standard HTML code. This made the web easier to build on for the future, and more flexible, allowing for all the different mediums now used for accessing the web. As such I use responsive and adaptive design techniques to make websites which work across the range of different devices and screen sizes.
Using the web standards method, I can be creative and develop websites that are appealing to eye, enhancing the user's experience, safe in the knowledge that the code I write will give maximum accessibility to a wide range of users, and will be easily found and indexed by search engines.
The standards method also makes it easier to manage cross-browser compatibility on the web. Many older versions of common browsers are still in wide use, and need to be catered for. This will continue to be an issue for years to come, because of the time lag between developed and developing countries, and the time lag in updating IT systems in large organisations or for those with restricted budgets. I develop code in such a way that older browsers will still access the content of the websites, even if they cannot access the more modern styling features.
My software skills
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If you have a web project you would like to discuss, or are interested in hiring me to work on a large scale project, please don't hesitate to contact me