The W3C publishes guidelines

The W3C publishes guidelines to clarify the roles of the many web design-related jobs. These guidelines explain how to create the different components of a website, give instructions on how to implement guidelines for each element, and explain what makes a site accessible to people with disabilities. In many cases, these suggestions are based on widely observed “best practices” – a set of habits or standards generally accepted as being superior to others – which originated among large corporations, but have since filtered down into recommended best practices for smaller enterprises.

An integral part of any web development process is the design and production of the visual aspects of a website. This usually includes both HTML and Flash, CSS and JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets or cascading style sheets.

I will not speak to the technologies I use in my Web Design and Development practice, but rather focus on the methodology. What you see out there will make you want to throw threw up your hands and say – “I want something like that!” In reality it is a short trip from where you are now to where they are. To get there you must have a path laid out. It is easy to look at others and have no clue how they got there; sometimes we just need a map!

Web Design encompasses many different skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; user interface design; authoring, including standardised code and proprietary software; user experience design; and search engine optimization. Web Design is a combination of several fields. Widespread adoption of web technologies across all platforms has prompted corresponding growth in the number of people producing multimedia content for simultaneous viewing on a wide variety of devices. Web designers usually have skills in HTML and related web technologies, or in a content management system, but work with many other technologies from both the graphical and programming side.

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