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Website Layout & CSS Design

Professional Web Design , CSS & W3C compliant websites

Website Layout & CSS Design

Active Online builds websites using CSS and XHTML to W3C standards. Our team of experienced web developers can convert any graphic concept design into a full function CSS based layout that is fully optimised for search engines

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What is CSS?

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a set of rules used to define how particular XHTM/HTML elements on a web page or web site are formatted. CSS was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  to standardise how web browsers apply  formatting to a web page. Since its inception, CSS has been adopted and implemented strictly by nearly all the popular web browser manufacturers  and provides greatly improved browsing functionality to designers and users..

Why is CSS based layout the preferred choice for your web design project?

Faster Load times.
With styling data contained within an external CSS file, resulting XHTML/HTML pages within your website will require less code resulting in faster page load times. Once a web browser has read your style sheet once, it is retained in memory and does not need to be reloaded for every new page.

Easier and more efficient maintenance.
By using a single Cascading Style Sheet across your entire website, styling changes, look-and-feel and layout can easily be modified across the entire website by adjusting on e file only.

Future Proofing.
Many of the original HTML style tags have been deprecated and eventually will not be supported by web browsers. With the the current momentum towards XML standards of website design, the older table based HTML designs will eventually break and have to be rewritten.

Improved Control, Usability and Functionality.
The biggest advantage of using CSS based web site design is the potential to control web page elements using JavaScript. Using the Document Object Model (DOM), JavaScript can be used to manipulate and control every aspect of a web sites function without the requiring a page reload. Usability can be further improved by utilising AJAX technology for background data interchange allowing developers to create a desktop like experience via a standard web browser. An example of this 'level of type development can be seen implemented at  WWW.BOOKMEETINGROOM.COM  ( A SaaS application developed by Active Online for the management of meeting room within the office environment)

Related Topics
>Web site strategy development
>Web 2.0 Design
>SaaS Application Development


What is the W3C?


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards.

W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines. Since 1994, W3C has published more than 110 such standards, called W3C Recommendations. W3C also engages in education and outreach, develops software, and serves as an open forum for discussion about the Web. In order for the Web to reach its full potential, the most fundamental Web technologies must be compatible with one another and allow any hardware and software used to access the Web to work together. W3C refers to this goal as "Web interoperability." By publishing open (non-proprietary) standards for Web languages and protocols, W3C seeks to avoid market fragmentation and thus Web fragmentation.

Tim Berners-Lee and others created W3C as an industry consortium dedicated to building consensus around Web technologies. Mr. Berners-Lee, who is widely accepted as having invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), has served as the W3C Director since W3C was founded, in 1994.

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