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Checklists, checklists, checklists, can you ever have enough?  We all know that websites are complex beasts, full of complexities and things that can go wrong.  So it is always nice when somebody, or a few some bodies, try and come up with the ultimate pre-launch website check list.    That is exactly what box.com are trying to do, and are welcoming feedback at their site.  So why not take a look, and better still implement it.  This will be especially useful if you’re planning to launch a website soon.   Pre-Launch Content and Style Typography and layout   Check for incorrect punctuation marks, particularly apostrophes, quotation marks and hyphens/dashes   Check headings for where you could potentially use ligatures   Check for widow/orphan terms in …

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When designing your website, or running somebody else’s, just remember to check that a few basic essential building blocks are in place.  This will help you in a number of ways, including the direction of your sight.  Ensure that your website can be viewed on a number of browsers, and not just Internet Explorer.  Firefox and Opera are extremely popular browsers, and therefore your site should be compatible with them.  The importance of title tags cannot be overstated.  Many websites, even well designed ones, do not pay attention to this, and as a result, lose traffic.  Not a good situation.  Broken links are a fact of life, and it is important that the custom 404 page is in place.  It is also a good idea …

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Creating a pleasant user-friendly website with an attractive and effective interface can be a tough call. This article explains some of the methods you can adhere to in order to achieve this. Making your website easy to use is essential since it is an interactive thing that should be designed to attract attention to potential viewers and keep them interested in your work. It is also important to avoid using any unnecessary extras and add-ons that can slow your site down and make it difficult and frustrating to use. While the site needs to be visually appealing, it is essential to remember not to go overboard adding too much unnecessary detail that can in fact detract from the overall appearance and usability of your site. …

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Creating a decent and user friendly website is not an easy task and you need to consider whether you can and should do it yourself or whether it will be better to hire a professional web designer to do it. Pretty much any small business these days can benefit greatly from having a website, but this website needs to be designed in such a way that it can effectively promote the products or services that you are trying to sell. Making it interesting and easy to navigate is essential if this is what you want to achieve. This article covers some of the essential tips on what you should be thinking about when you design your small business web site. Firstly, having a decent logo, …

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Well it has taken a while, and you are no doubt proud of your design for the website, but what is the next step?  Promotion, promotion, promotion, should be the next endeavor, so that people will know you are out there, and you can spread the word. It is no secret that the world economy is not in the best shape at the moment, so it is becoming more vital than ever to maximize traffic to your website or web design.  Let us be clear, we need people viewing our work, or our work is pointless, and if you own a business, you need traffic to your site for income.  It is that simple. Let us start with the basics.  Your URL should be on …

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With the release of the latest version of Java FX, 1.1.1, in March 2009, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a roundup of ideas concerning the software platform.  As we all know the concept behind Java FX, is that it is a platform that can produce rich internet applications that can function on mobile phones, game consoles, browsers, television set-top boxes, and blu-ray players, with more uses planned for the future. So what is good about Java FX? Well so far, bearing in mind the latest version has only been kicking around for a month, one of the most positive comments to appear is that it is easy to use, both in developing code, and to integrate it with other applications. …

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In part 1 of our guide, “Accessibility in web design:  It’s all about how you look at it.  Part 1”, we focused on why catering for elderly, and, or, disabled people made good business sense, as well as being about inclusion and fairness.  It is on the theme of good business that we now come to look at how accessibility in other areas of web design, can improve traffic, create a better experience for the user, make greater profits, and create better reputations. It is important to remember as both a business person, who utilises a website to sell products and services, and as a designer of a website, that potentially users of your site can view it from all over the world.  By improving …

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It can be a real quagmire, trying to sift through new regulations and interpret them.  Trying to decide if they apply to you, or how to implement them into your design or designs.  You may be wondering why you have to, or what the point of them is.  You could be shaking your head in bewilderment as you read these words, and you may even be considering calling it a day. On the assumption that you are not about to throw in the towel, and are simply wondering why you are reading another article about accessibility and the web, allow me to say that this is not an article to fire-off information at you, or simply reprint regulations with which, you feel over familiar. If …

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If usability and accessibility are fundamental elements in any web design, is it the role of the designer, to dictate to the user how to use a website, or is there role, one of a provider, in which they provide options that users can utilise? This is a fundamental question that arises from web design.  There are in effect two ways to approach this question.  The first works on the basis, that the designer will try and anticipate the needs of a user, and will tailor the web design accordingly.  This method of design, or fixed design, has advantages in respects that it can push a user down a certain path, or hold the users hand.  Click here, click this, for example.  This is good …

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In part one of our guide, we stated some good, solid reasons, why you should use CSS over Tables, largely focusing on download speeds, cost, and ease of modifications.  Just in case you are not convinced, here are some more reasons that should tip the balance. Accessibility is high on the agenda of nearly everywhere these days, and the web in no exception.  Websites should accommodate without exception, people with disabilities.  CSS comes into its own here, as it can serve alternative style sheets to different devices and mediums.  This is particularly handy if user of a website, is using a screen reader, or personal assistant.  Another gem for CSS, is that it is easier to accommodate backward compatibility.  Over 30%, (according to W3Schools.com), of …

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