Pixel Development can modify or create web sites using clean and lean code, tailored to your needs. If you're wondering about 'clean and lean', see the paragraph on Web Page Editors, below. I have used the following technologies in virtually every project I have worked on over the past several years:
- Google Maps
I am used to constantly changing requirements. See the Portfolio page for examples of my work, and the About page for more about this site. The following sections discuss my approach on web site design, coding and user experience.
Web Site Design
The purpose of any web site is to provide information, thus making that information as readable as possible is a top priority. A well designed site should take into account the wide range of screen resolutions and take steps to make content readable. On this site, steps have been taken to avoid presenting text in lines that are too long to be comfortably read. Visitors view in a variety of conditions, displays, and personal tastes. The Preferences on this site's Home page demonstrates one way of giving visitors the ability to optimize their visit.
Pixel Development creates web sites using WASP standards.
"... standards that reduce the cost and complexity of development while increasing the accessibility and long-term viability of any site published on the Web." - WASP
Benefits of this approach include:
- Future-proof work
- Broader usability
- Easier to redesign
- Transferable to other developers
Dreamweaver is a great tool, but it won't always create the best code. Hand-coded sites can be more efficient which leads to a number of benefits. They use less bandwidth (lowering costs), and are better understood by web-crawling services such as Google and language translators (increasing traffic). For an example of this, try the flag buttons at the bottom of this page. Note that all the content is understood and translated. Use Altavista's language translation service to check any site.
As of January 2005, over a quarter of all Internet users have screen resolutions of 800x600 or less. A site should be designed to handle these lower resolutions, but many are not. Resize to 800x600 and check any site.
While most visitors read web pages online, sometimes it's more convenient to print them. This can produce a mess, because beyond pure content web pages also have navigation controls, advertising, etc. Some sites try to solve this issue by placing 'printable version' links somewhere on the page. A site should be designed to print web pages without any extra effort on the part of the visitor. Try printing (or print preview) a page from this site, and from other sites.
Another consideration is that some of your visitors have impaired sight, and are using special software that reads the words aloud. By law, all US government websites and contractors must have accessible websites.
View examples of my work on the Portfolio page.