Site Upgrade: Viewpoint Consulting
Where once stood a derelict hulk of late 90s markup processes, a gleaming, streamlined, CSS-powered monolith of standards goodness now reaches to the development heavens.
I recently had the opportunity to upgrade a client’s old site into a new standards-compliant version. Where once stood a derelict hulk of late 90s markup processes, a gleaming, streamlined, CSS-powered monolith of standards goodness now reaches to the development heavens.
Enough drama. A few highlights:
- Drastically reduced page size. The total number of images has been reduced from 89 to 17, the average page size from 6k to 3.5k.
- The only table on the site is for tabular data. A pure CSS-controlled layout works perfectly in just about every browser. There were some small forward-thinking techniques involved on this one, so a few CSS glitches appear in IE5, but nothing dramatic.
This was strictly a “backend redesign.” Except for a few small cosmetic tweaks, the color, typography and imagery largely stayed the same. The client had originally just wanted to add a few pages of content, but when I expressed my wish to apply some small standards-upgrades, he insisted on doing the site the right way.
Since I already built the site years ago, I thought there would be some resistance to the idea of a simple code upgrade, but I simply explained that web technology is constantly growing, and that the understanding of accessibility has come a long way in just three years. Maybe I’m lucky to have such an understanding client, but I think the general web audience is the one that benefits long term.