Brice Prairie Conservation Association

Preserving Lake Onalaska and the Black River Bottoms

Design, Coding and Applicable Standards

This site strives to meet international standards for coding, structure and accessibility for persons with disabilities. Site design goals include:

  • Maximize available screen real estate: flexibly and readably shrink and expand pages to varying screen widths, even if very wide screen. BlueRobot's Flanking Menu Page was especially helpful in achieving a fluid 3-column header in CSS.
  • Standards compliant to W3C XHTML, CSS and accessibility standards
  • NO browser sniffing, server-side includes, java or other scripts or other "gadget" fluff that tends to break pages
  • Pages are hand coded for lean, optimal code (NO wysiwyg editors)
  • Allow user to control font size zooming, with readable results
  • HTML pre-processor used to simplify page maintenance (I use GTML)
  • Standards-compliant CSS stylesheets used exclusively throught. Attempts to gracefully accomodate Netscape Navigator 4.x and other older, legacy non-standards-compliant browsers. Attempts to steer clear of box model issues with Microsofts bungled implementation in IE5 etc without hacks.
  • Browser compliance testing includes:
    • Mozilla Firefox 0.8, 0.9, 1.0
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
    • Netscape Navigator 7.2
    • Netscape Navigator 4.8, 4.7: not standards-compliant. Fall back to a very simple version of the stylesheet.
    • Opera 7.54
    • Gnome/Mozilla Epiphany 1.0.7
    • KDE Konqueror 3.2.0
    • Mozilla 1.6

This page is standards-compliant: | Valid XHTML 1.0! | Valid CSS! | Bobby WorldWide Approved |