Link: no longer online

Size: HTML and pure CSS build of 10 templates for a 100+ page website

My professional status: employee at Shift

Website client: Shift

Dates: October - November 2006

Brief: Shift's new-look website was a long time coming, mainly because Shifties are always working on somebody else's website! I was part of the team that finally got the chance to complete it and get in online.

My job was to complete the HTML/CSS build of the 10 templates used in the site, using best practice techniques and ensuring that the site met or exceeded e-government accessibility guidelines.

My responsibilities included:

  • Development of the site in pure CSS and HTML 4.01 Transitional, which would then be integrated into Expression Engine
  • Design development of some pages, based on designs already created for other templates
  • Picking up and completing the build of some of the site templates which had been started by my colleague, Brian Smith, about a year earlier
  • Some project management, as this project didn't really have an official Shift project manager
  • Close liaison with the programming team, to ensure that the templates would fit seamlessly into Expression Engine
  • Extensive browser testing on both Mac and PC to ensure the site was consistent across the following browsers and platforms:
    • PC: Internet Explorer 5.01, IE5.5, IE6, IE7; Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera
    • Mac: Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera, Safari
  • Inclusion of all possible accessibility elements, including skip links, access keys, alt tags, titles, summaries, captions and full accessibility coding for forms, with accessibility testing of all pages (levels 1 and 2 mandatory, level 3 as many as possible)
  • Ensuring that every page and stylesheet had been validated using the W3C Markup Validation Service and that it conformed to HTML 4.01 Transitional requirements
  • Development of print stylesheets sitewide.

The new Shift website was in the making for three years but because it's an internal project, it's regularly been set aside when our customers needed work doing (which is pretty much always). A whole bunch of Shifties past and present worked on it during those three years - and I was so happy that we were able to bring all that work together, finish it off and get it out there and online. It's been a huge team effort and I think it's an absolutely gorgeous site.