Part One of MAT Redesign Deliverables
In my Web Typography Investigation I strove to make the article look exactly like the print version of the article. I used as many of the new CSS attributes as I could.
What will be the main purpose for the site? (info., sales, call our office, etc)
What is your field of business and activities you involved?
What feeling or message do you want the site to have?
What will site viewers be using the site to achieve?
What are some adjectives to describe how you want the feel to be?
What is the most important part of your website that you want to change or improve?
Do you wish to make frequent updates to the site?
What is the main demographic of the visitors of your site?
What section of the site is most important in your eyes?
What is the best element would you like to show in your website as a department of Mat?
Will you be providing content and images for the site?
What are some things about the current site that you like/love?
What are some things about the current site that you do not like / hate?
What things would you like to retain from the current site?
What things would you like to definitely not keep from the current site?
What specific things do you want to add as new content?
Do you have a site map from existing site and plane for development of your new website?
Would you be for or opposed to having your site reflect the new style of the school website?
What are some things about the current site that should be improved upon?
Are they any color schemes that you would prefer or would most definitely not prefer?
Describe the people who will be using your site.
Are there any sites that you admire and would like your site to emulate?
Are there any artists that you like and would want your site to emulate?
What will the bulk of your content be? (text, images, videos, etc.?)
Overall, what is your favorite website?
Semantic Markup is web design/development in a perfect world. It refers to using html tags solely for the purpose that they were intended (ie not for visual or layout purposes). It means using the <table> tag when you are displaying information in multi columns, not for the purposes of design or page layout. It means using <ul> (unordered list) for just that-a list in which the order would not change its meaning; and a <dl> (definition list) for a list of terms with their definition. Semantic markup is coding the way that things should be for the best interest of other coders as well as for computers to understand us human coders.
Designers should use this method for coding because we have the technology and training now to make this possible and it is the best way for all parties to clearly communicate with each other. Before we had CSS, table based layouts were the only way designers could accomplish the type of layouts that they wanted. Now those methods are obsolete and we have much cleaner and simpler ways of achieving the layouts that we desire and the <table> tag should be used for it’s true purpose: creating a table. Reading html code can be a daunting task for us and I imagine that it is even harder for a computer to analyse and comprehend the subtleties of what that coder was thinking when he coded the way he did. By using these rules we can help each other and the machine to understand the information that it is receiving- this can help us in many ways. Search engines now may understand the content of our pages more clearly and screen readers can help people with disabilities read out content and understand what they are being told.
Adopting semantic markup finally has laid down some set rules that we can follow to better able ourselves to communicate with our peers and the machine and to streamline the way all web developers work.