By: Chad Bell
Modern Techniques and Technologies in Web Design
Leveraging modern techniques in web design will not only keep your site up to up to speed with your competition, but it will also protect your investment. Let’s take a look at some of the latest technologies being used today:
!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd”
Some browsers have been slow to adapt the new technology (specifically Internet Explorer <v8), but all major browsers and devices have since announced that this is the new standard.
HTML5 also promotes the use of Scalable Vector Graphics. SVG are an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics that has support for interactivity and animation. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. This literally means that images can be generated by a line of code. The benefit of using SVG’s are not only speed (compared to traditional jpeg’s or png’s), but also that just like the name implies they can be scaled up, or down, without compromising quality or resolution.
Cascading Style Sheet technology is used by web developers to separate content of the web pages from its design. It’s a series separate files that specifically control the aesthetic principles of your website. Style sheets have existed in one form or another since the beginnings of SGML in the 1980s, but since most modern browsers and devices are dropping support for Adobe Flash it has become increasingly important for animations and effects.
Responsive Technologies (browser and device agnostic design) have been become increasingly dependent on CSS3 because of the vast amount of powerful selectors. For example, 5 years ago you would define the width of a column by an exact number of pixels. For example, “width: 500px” is now written as “width: 50%”, or “max-width: 500px” meaning that regardless of the screen size the column would adapt to the elements around it.