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Wired.com has just launched
its new XML-based website.
It's claiming that this new site offers maximum accessibility to the widest
range of browsers and users without the overhead of convoluted code branching
or multiple versions of HTML.
It certainly seems to work -- although I'm perhaps a little disappointed
that the result seems to be an "all or nothing" effect.
configuration) then Wired now looks
Check Out The Aardvark PC-Based Digital
Entertainment Centre Project
Quite functional I guess -- but a little spartan, even for my tastes.
The best thing about the "dumb" version of the page is that the ads are tiny
and hardly intrusive at all. Hmm... I'm warming to this :-)
Over the years, I've deliberately kept the layout and format of Aardvark
as simple as possible, in the belief that you don't come here each day
to be dazzled by my brilliance as a web designer and graphic artist (just as
well -- since these are hardly my fortés).
This "Keep it Simple" attitude has proven to be quite successful -- but
every now and then I get people emailing me to say "boy, your site
needs a facelift" -- and I'm starting to think that maybe they're right.
Now I know that there are a lot of very smart and competent people out
there who are just looking for a place to showcase their skills so I figure
that maybe we can kill two birds with one stone here.
Perhaps it's time for the "Redesign Aardvark" challenge.
Here's what I'm thinking...
Anyone interested in displaying their talents in the area of web-design
and implementation can create an all-new look for Aardvark.
All of those new-looks will be lined up alongside each other and readers
will get a chance to choose which one they like the most.
There's no prize money I'm afraid -- but those who enter will get a chance
to display their abilities to Aardvark's reasonably sized and well-connected
audience. What's more, the winner will get a "designed by ...." link on
the front page of every daily issue of Aardvark, at least until the next
If you're interested, here are the criteria. The new design must be:
I'm sure I'll also think of something else -- but in the meantime this ought
to be enough to get you started.
- fast loading (total size ought to be no more than 40K-50K including
graphics and the page structure should ensure that the first page elements
are visible almost immediately.
- browser agnostic. This means that it should display *something*
sensible regardless of the browser being used -- this includes text-only
- reliant on no server-side programming other than SSI.
- daily text, security alerts, virus alerts and the links section should be
inserted via SSI.
- the Aardvark logo (or something just as good) and the sponsor's
message must be included.
Once completed, the proposed new look site should be put up on a webserver
somewhere (even a free-hosting site will be okay) so that it can be linked
to for the voting process.
Let's see what NZ's best can do!
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