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Web design has one very importance piece that contributes a lot to the success of your design, but the irony is that your reader may not easily identify what it is. Typography. This is the (not so) secret ingredient of a great web design. According to some, typography is information design. True to this statement, typography goes beyond merely choosing the right font or type piece; it is all about crafting a beautiful text form of your content. Typography is a way to make sure that your content is conveyed in a smooth and pleasant way to your user. After all, what’s good content if it fails to reach its target readers?
The planning phase of website design is very important since it is the part when you decide exactly what you need. The things you should consider when planning a website are its purpose, your target audience, the actual content and the website’s compatibility and restrictions.
As a diversion to my ongoing series on top-down usability design in web development, let me discuss about a very simple yet useful design element: the breadcrumbs. A single-line navigational element in a website that provides an intuitive and consistent navigational system for the users of your site.
With the Internet Explorer not supporting even some of the CSS2.1 features, it’s not a surprise that work on CSS3 has been going on since 1999 and still it’s only the Safari browser that supports some of its stellar features. But it doesn’t mean we cannot CSS3-enable our website designs so that whenever the mainstream browsers catch up with CSS3 coding features, you’re already prepared. Here’s the link where you can test if your browser is CSS3-ready.
Although some argue that adhering to strictly validated code is just a way of making things needlessly complex, by the end of the day it makes sense to create validated code for many reasons. I have seen scores of websites getting highly ranked in the search engines despite not having a valid markup and this is an aspect used as a counter point. I don’t see it as a proof of “invalid code works too” but just as a fact that these websites don’t have enough competition to feel the pinch.