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***** 55-minute Audio Interview: Scsi's "World Class Level" Web site Design *****
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Ready to act? Call (859) 261-5908 to immediately reach Raymond Sonoff, President of Sonoff Consulting Services, Inc., 271 Saxony Drive, Crestview Hills, KY 41017-2294 USA. ... or send an e-mail message to "info AT sonoffconsulting DOT com" to get answers to your specific questions, or make immediate use of Scsi's Contact Form 1 Web page, and fill out the form's fields citing whatever you want addressed by Scsi.
Scsi's "Web-based Keep-It-Simple, Sonoff" document -- Scsi's WebKISS™ Guide #1: "Why Validate a Web Site's Pages?" -- is the first in an ongoing series of on-line Productivity and Knowledge Transfer-related reference documents provided by Scsi.
For your convenience, the major headings are listed immediately below:
NOTE: Relevant hyperlinks are included within the associated paragraphs to make your browsing session productive and all the more enjoyable.
To see the overall picture of what is stated above, select the image immediately below -- if present -- to view or download a full-page Adobe PDF diagram that provides hyperlinks to each of Scsi's "Perfect 10" Web Site Best Practices for your convenience.
Among Scsi's set of ten Best Practices that collectively reflect Scsi's "Perfect 10" Web Site Standard -- a unique set of ten seamlessly integrated features that Scsi believes should always be present as part of achieving meaningful Web usability, browser-independence, and 100% accessibility for any Web page to be considered for classification as World Class Level Quality -- are these:
For most people the term "Web usability" seems to focus on outward appearances of each Web page within a given Web site. However, there is much more to the subject of Web usability than presentation or appearances.
Also, for most Webmasters, the term "Web usability" may be deemed as being satisfied once a Web site has all of its pages display content in an expected format without encountering error messages. That, too, may be a good general guideline, but Web usability is more to having a good Web site than just displaying something that simply looks good.
Even if every Web page within a 'development-for-release' Web site does "come up" and appears to "look okay" visually, numerous other factors should be taken into consideration before concluding that everything is a "go for release" to the Web world audience. For example:
Truly, a list of Web usability-related factors and other related considerations is endless, but you can gain some appreciation for the many considerations that are involved in doing the job correctly by keeping the end user as the focal point of all design and implementation decisions.
Keep in mind that Web visitors will always want -- and will always expect to get, especially when it's considered part of the cost of doing business -- the best presentation, speed of display, customer service, and whatever else they might think of!
So, for any Web site that doesn't provide a high satisfaction level experience to its visitors, you can be sure of one thing -- Web visitors' frustrations, dissatisfactions, and lack of patience (or indulgence) with such oversights will most likely result in some dire consequences:
Either action would not only be critically negative, but it should and can be avoided without undue cost and only a modest concerted effort -- once you learn what needs to be done and how to go about doing it. Now that's worth pursuing in some depth, don't you agree?
Okay, how does one get started in getting a handle on how to really proceed to fix these problems? Simply stated, there may be many things that constitute potential or actual problems which are not obvious yet should be addressed and corrected before declaring a Web site as being ready for prime time viewing and usage.
Scsi feels that -- first and foremost -- the solution to these types of problems begins with and absolutely requires subjection of each Web page to a suite of in-depth validation tests that must be passed before field deployment should be permitted. For only by doing this will a solid 'foundation' (based on conforming to applicable W3C markup source code recommendations) be achievable.
Once this "foundation work" series of activities is initiated and diligently maintained, all the usual series of steps necessary to take care of decorating the 'rooms' (Web pages) of the 'house' (Web site) can be performed -- and ultimately followed by an 'open house' or a "Now Showing!" release for all the world to view with confidence and satisfaction using any of their favorite Web browsers.
Don't despair. Numerous tools and testing sites are available to assist Webmasters and Web Site Administrators in satisfying all these 'hidden' requirements! If you are still interested in learning more about what is involved in 'doing your homework' in this area, the next few paragraphs will provide you with opportunities to:
What is the bottom line conclusion to be reached here? As stated at the outset, everything is important and does matter. Appropriate design, planning, and implementation steps are required to provide such customer service-oriented actions.
Want to see for yourself a straightforward example of just one such user-focused implementation right now? Okay, coming up with a user-friendly handling of any "Error 404 Page Not Found" situation within the Scsi P&KT Web site was deemed essential. This necessitated creation of what is commonly referred to as a "contingency page" design where just such a Web page would normally only appear contingent upon the occurrence of a "Page Not Found" error condition -- for example, when you force it by purposely mistyping a URL address in the Web browser window -- within the sonoffconsulting.com domain. For you to see this in a more direct manner -- here and now -- just select the hyperlink provided here, namely: the actual Contingency Web page that would otherwise only appear when an Error 404 (Page Not Found) condition occurs.
Having read this far, you probably want to get some 'hands on' experience testing a particular Web site's HTML5 / XHTML / HTML and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). For example, you might be anticipating doing your own markup validation testing, or you just want to learn more about the details and see an example or two of what is being described here.
Fortunately, as indicated above, various assortments of Web productivity tools are available for use to address at least some of these Web usability-related concerns. These tools are referred to by various names, including markup validation, source code validators, syntax checkers, and link checkers, among others.
Here is how you can make three specific validation tests on each and every page within the Scsi P&KT Web site:
That's the overall "Validation-test-this-Web-page" procedure in a nutshell. From that point on, you will then know how to do these things for yourself at any time and for any Web page you wish to choose.
Once you actually take some time to try out these "quick-step" series of validation tests for yourself, you will no doubt gain confidence in knowing that checking a given Web page is so very easy to do! The fact is these 'publicly accessible' tools are at-the-ready for you at any time you want to use them, as the next section explains in some detail.
What was just indicated above for this particular page is provided throughout the entire Scsi P&KT Web site. In fact, even more general -- "Test whatever URL address you want to specify" Web page validation-related logos and/or their respective hyperlinks are provided for your convenience under the Examples of Publicly-accessible Web Page Validation Tools section of Scsi's Tips and Notes Web page. Once there, select either the desired graphic (if present) or its respective hyperlink. Once you do this, a separate Web browser window will be launched for you to enter whatever Web page's URL address that you wish to test.
Once you have completed a W3C-based test and viewed the displayed results, you can, if you so wish, continue making the same kind of validation test for a different URL address. Just make a new URL entry and submit it for testing by selecting the appropriate button.
What will you discover? You'll quickly find out that these 'publicly accessible' testing tools are both simple-to-use and thorough in their analyses. Try out each of these W3C-based markup validation tools for yourself now, but do remember when you are finished with these validation testing exercises to select the Back button until you are returned to a Scsi P&KT Web site page.
As an alternative or additional option to only making use of the free W3C -based validation testing tools, you might want to try out AI Solution's validation test program -- called CSE HTML Validator Professional Syntax Checker and HTML Editor -- to check a Web site's page of your choice.
Here is what you do:
NOTE: This particular 'try me out' test provides a "validation checking summary (without details)" and is supplied as a courtesy by AI Solutions, makers of validator software programs used for the testing. AI Solutions offers standalone versions (lite, standard, and professional) of their products.
Understandably, if you'd rather obtain your very own free evaluation copy of the powerful CSE HTML Validator Professional edition software program, you can download a trial version directly from the CSE HTML Validator Web site right now.
NOTE: Scsi makes regular use of AI Solutions standalone CSE HTML Validator Professional edition software.
Go ahead! Try each of the three validator tools cited above for yourself -- on any Web page within the Scsi P&KT Web site -- to see the specific validation test results for yourself. If nothing else, you will definitely learn a lot about the 'behind the scenes' specifications that are involved!
Once you've done that, go one step further -- apply the W3C validation and CSS HTML Validator tests to any page within any Web site of your own choosing.
Upon doing so, however, you'll most likely be quite surprised (if not shocked!) by the following fact: Very few Web sites -- including the commercial-grade 'biggies' that we all know and visit regularly (pick a name and try it!) -- currently satisfy W3C HTML/XML/CSS validation criteria.
And, once this fact 'registers' with you, you'll appreciate even more the following conclusions:
Perhaps you already know that the scope of your company's Web site's content is beyond a small-to-modest scale or that additional Web site testing tools and services must be considered as well. If so, you may wish to explore locating a vendor offering "we will do an entire suite of validation tests for you" tools specifically designed to provide numerous categories of features for overall testing of moderate- to large-scale Web sites.
Described below is but one company's products that you might wish to investigate further.
NOTE: Scsi has made use of both products and recommends that you check out the Web site's On-line Trials and Desktop downloads to convince yourself that these tools really do the job quickly, easily, and effectively. Both products are simply amazing to see in action ... and in their quantitative results! -- Scsi
Ultimately, for any such larger scale situations, Scsi encourages you to conduct an in-depth search for those vendors offering enterprise-level validation testing programs and related services. Once you do, Scsi suggests that you (or your company's technical personnel) pore over their respective Web sites for whatever information you are seeking for your particular situation before making any commitments to any vendor's suite of tools. Good luck!
By way of a metaphorical explanation, "The Web designer (Captain of the ship) must build a tight ship (create a Web site that adheres to W3C-based coding standards) that will prove to be able to reliably sail the seas of the World (navigate among all Web pages within the Web site) and bring the crew (each and every Web visitor) safely (with no broken hyperlinks or error messages) back to port (the Portal Page or Home page or browser exit function) when each voyage (a given Web session) is over."
Many additional issues related to achieving validation of one or more Web pages are beyond the scope of coverage presented here. However, by this point you have likely acquired a much better perspective on the overall set of complexities involved.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you reach this point and decide that you'd rather have someone else do all the "testing-related stuff" for you or your company, you could certainly contact Scsi for further assistance regarding this matter.
If you wish to discuss this particular matter in more detail, contact us and we will be glad to assist you.
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This Scsi's WebKISS™ Guide #1: Why Validate a Web Site's Pages? page was last updated, validated -- to assure full conformance to W3C's HTML5, CSS3, and WCAG Accessibility (Priorities 1, 2, and 3, inclusive) recommendations -- and uploaded on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:20 p.m. ET by Raymond Sonoff, President of Sonoff Consulting Services, Inc. (Scsi), 271 Saxony Drive, Crestview Hills, KY 41017-2294 USA: Telephone: (859) 261-5908.