Timeframes - National Library of New Zealand
Website: timeframes.natlib.govt.nz (site has since been redesigned) - view screenshots
Size: 36 template pages, managing thousands of images in the Alexander Turnbull collection
Government status: Government Agency
My professional status: contractor at Shift
Website client: National Library of New Zealand
Dates: July - August 2005
Brief: to build a CSS website as the front end to the National Library's huge image database within the Alexander Turnbull collection. The site allows users to search the collection of thousands of images, save their favourites and order images online.
Ali - I spoke to XX [National Library website developer] this morning and they have been busy integrating the homepage, search and results, and a couple of other pages. It's all good. They're happy with the code and it's easy to work with. He said to pass on his thanks for a great job.Gerrard Smith, Project Manager, Shift
My responsibilities included:
- Development of the site in CSS and XHTML 1.0 Transitional, which would then be integrated with the ENCompass database at the National Library
- Liaison with the client in order to achieve all their aims for the site, and to work through a range of technical and implementation issues with them
- Hand-coding in XHTML 1.0 Transitional to a very high level of accessibility, and following NZ e-government Guidelines
- 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 all pages (level 1 mandatory, level 2 as many as possible, level 3 wherever practical)
- Extensive testing of the site at all stages of the development process, ensuring complete consistency across the following browsers and platforms:
- PC: Internet Explorer 5.1, 5.5, 6,0; Firefox 1.0; Netscape 7.2; Netscape 8.0; Opera
- Mac: Firefox 1.0; Safari 1.3; Netscape 7.2; Netscape 8.0; Opera
- Ensuring that every page and stylesheet had been validated using the W3C Markup Validation Service and that it conformed to XHTML 1.0 Transitional requirements
- Development of print stylesheets sitewide
- Additional bug-fixing onsite at the National Library, once my templates had been cut up and used to skin the ENCompass database.
At the end of the project, the feedback from the National Library's programming team was that this was the best HTML and CSS they had ever been given. Not bad for my first attempt!