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Design Principles updated Jan. 18, 2011
The world wide web is an incredible communication tool. If you have been on the internet you know there are "good" pages and then there are the "not so good" sites. Here are some factors to consider when designing a website:

Consider your audience. Bandwidth is still finite. While more people have "hi-speed" internet access in the home and office, many mobile users are frustrated by bottlenecks in the wi-fi networks and cell nets. For more information on this topic, see Low Bandwidth Design Guidelines.

The links between pages can be confusing if the site has too many levels. By careful planning at the beginning of your site design, we can make it easy to navigate between pages. Most of the time, a site doesn't need to be more than three "levels" deep. Consistent placement of navigation links or buttons is one key to making it easy to view your site.

Websites should use text that is easy to read, based on principles of typography, such as not having lines of text go across the entire width of the screen, using odd fonts or colors that make reading a chore.

Browser Compatibility
The pages are designed to be viewed on all browsers, and are tested on Internet Explorer (Microsoft), Firefox/Mosaic, and Opera web browsers.

Scripts, Etc.
Javascript can be provided where some interaction is required, such as providing a calculator. For most simple site plans, Javascript is not used for navigation or making "flashing buttons" or rollovers.

Sample Sites
Here are examples of the sites where I have applied these principles:

San Diego
This website was created to promote antique dealers in San Diego County, California. It is no longer online.
Site which provides engineering resources and serves as an online portfolio.

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