The report focused on the following aspects:
- How well the site adheres to current web standards
- Cross-browser compatibility
- Accessibility & usability
- Search engine optimisation
- Site content in relation to the target audience
One of the major problems with the site was a lack of separation between content and style. The entire structure was created using a HTML table, which it isn’t designed for. The CSS was practically non-existent as all of the styling was done inside the HTML. This led to a horrible tangle of HTML code that would be extremely difficult to maintain.
This project really opened my eyes to the importance of a well written website. By writing clear, validated mark-up and separating the styling, many benefits can be achieved, such as cross-browser compatibility, better search ranking, easier maintenance and improved accessibility. This was a thoroughly enjoyable project, I particularly enjoyed the feeling of ‘crafting’ a web page through well written HTML and CSS as up until this point I had only used WYSIWYG editors such as Dreamweaver with little appreciation of the code that it created.