Workshop Session B2: "Implementing Web Standards Across The Institution -
Trials And Tribulations Of A Redesign"
This page provides details for the workshop session on
"Implementing Web Standards Across The Institution - Trials And Tribulations Of A Redesign".
- Implementing Web Standards Across The Institution - Trials And Tribulations Of A Redesign
- Patrick H. Lauke,
University of Salford
- Coding to Web standards - only a few years ago considered the sole domain of
fussy purists with little or no connection to the real world - has become a
central concern for both designers and developers. The increasing number of large,
commercial Web sites making the transition from "tag-soup", browser-specific code
to clean, structural markup, is proving that Web standards may well be a viable
technology of today, rather than just of a theoretical, utopian tomorrow. The benefits
are many, and often highly publicised: separation of content and presentation,
easier reusability of content, potential for increased accessibility (high on the
agenda of anybody striving not to fall foul of SENDA), better search engine rankings
and decreased bandwidth requirements, to name but a few. But the path towards
achieving these benefits is not free of obstacles...
Having relaunched the core site for the University of Salford in September 2003,
with a new design based almost exclusively on CSS-driven, table-less layouts,
Patrick H. Lauke will provide the opportunity to consider and discuss the main
motivations behind such a relaunch, the problems that can be encountered along
the way, and the far greater (and, in the case of Salford, still ongoing) challenge
of implementing web standards and good practices across the institution.
- Learning Outcomes:
- At the end of the session participants will:
- Be familiar with the concepts of "standards-compliant coding"
- Have gained an insight into the advantages of standards-based markup and the
separation of content and presentation
- Have identified areas in which this technology can be easily implemented
- Be aware of potential barriers to effective use of this technology (particularly
on large scale projects with multiple authors)
- Be aware of possible solutions to some of the barriers to effective use of this technology
- Have gained an insight into an actual test case in which this technology was implemented
- This session will require a network access point and the ability to connect
the facilitator's laptop to the Internet, together with a data projector for
use by the workshop facilitator. An A2 flip-chart and marker pens will also be required.
- This session took place from 16:00-17:30 on Wednesday 28th July 2004.
- Contact Details
- Patrick H. Lauke
University of Salford
email: P.H.Lauke AT salford.ac.uk