The Best Sites of 2004

The Best Sites of 2004 – “The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. The Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 500-member body of leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. There is also a People’s Voice Award and The Webby Effectiveness Awards for best business practices. Sites are evaluated based on Academy set criteria (content, structure & navigation, visual design, interactivity, functionality and overall experience), as well as the panels own definition for the category which may include impact.”
Local Notable: Healthy Ontario (Winner, Government & Law),
CBC Radio 3, Halifax Explosion, ZeD.

Web Standards Solutions

Dan Cederholm’s Web Standards Solutions book has been well reviewed and in hot demand. I ordered it in September after the web Evolt Conference he presented at and just received it now. “Web Standards, created and enforced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), make sure that web designers and browser manufacturers use the same technology syntax. Web Standards ensure the net stays neat, preventing the chaos that would emerge with inconsistent code. These standards also increase content compatibility among varying viewing devices, from screen readers for people with vision impairments, to cell phones, PDAs and more” (Amazon). Ryerson.ca’s current design is in HTML 4 with some embeded MS Explorer tags. Web standards save time and money in design development.