A Bit About This Site

We wanted a fully accessible, ultra-usable and highly flexible website that showed designing with standards doesn't have to involve compromise.

Fully Accessible

This site meets the highest recognised levels of accessibility. This means that every visitor to this site can easily access and read the content no matter what their ability or how they browse the internet. Examples of the sorts of groups that can use this site and who are hindered or prevented from using other sites include blind people, people with reduced vision or motor difficulties (for example, the elderly), people browsing the web using WAP, a PDA or other non-traditional method - digital TV, cars, kiosks etc. Why is it so important? Aside from the ethical implications of ignoring these groups, it makes no business sense to block your site for up to a 25% of surfers.

Valid Code

The Internet would slowly become useless without valid, standards-compliant code. These standards ensure a consistency of development across the web and allow for secure future development.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Valid CSS Our site contains valid CSS and valid XHTML. These links take you through to an automatic validator which gives you information about this page.

Flexible Design

Because the content and the visual style are completely separate, we have the flexibility to apply any look-and-feel we like by just editing one file. When we redesigned this site in March 2011, the previous site design was 6 years old (it aged well). The redesign process was painless, however, because we only needed to edit the CSS (stylesheet) and tweak the HTML template and we were done.

The construction of this site also allows for the design to be user-orientated. Through various browser controls, the end user can manipulate the page, resize the text, turn off the images - or whatever their own browsing preference leads them to do - and our site will still be usable and accessible.

Finally, we created a print style sheet to facilitate easy printing and produce pages that were actually useful outside the environment of the screen. So our print-outs contain page and date information and every link has the full URL next to it. Again, the content of the page is always the same; only the style sheet changes.

If you've read this far, then we guess you're pretty interested in style sheets. If that's the case, then take a look at CSS Zen Garden for an idea of just how powerful style sheets are. This site invites its visitors to submit style sheets to be applied over its own content. There are some beautiful and inspiring designs on show.

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Digital Spoke has proven to be both imaginative and proactive in the creation of our website, from understanding our needs and functionality requirements to suggesting solutions and possible applications for our site.

Digital Spoke contact details: www.dspoke.com - +44 (0)1223 355868 - hello@dspoke.com