About the Web Design Reference Site
The learning goal of this site to serve as an educational resource to instruction in standards based web design and development. It is a learning source for those engaged in projects that require construction of web sites. It also serves as an educational reference for advanced web designers who want to learn standards based techniques, theory and best practices or for those who want to refresh their knowledge.
This site is dedicated to providing knowledge of web design and development. It advocates accessibility, usability, web standards and many related topics by:
- Imparting news and information on making web sites obtainable and functional to largest possible audience.
- Providing topical news and information for designing web sites that are effective, efficient, engaging, error tolerant and easy to learn.
- Distributing pertinent news and information of web design and development theory and methods.
Accessibility, Usability and Web Standards
We are committed to enhancing the accessibility and usability of this site for everyone and following web standards. For details visit our accessibility statement.
Site Design, Development, Content and Maintenance
- By Laura L. Carlson
- Detailed in Ten questions for Laura Carlson interview
Encouragement and Support
- By the ITSS WWWTeam
- Eric A. Meyer, an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of HTML, CSS, and Web standards. One of my first CSS teachers.
- Gez Lemon, a true and dedicated web accessibility advocate and expert developer in a plethora of web technologies. He has donated vast amounts of time researching detailed information about many aspects of accessibility and then selflessly sharing this information with the web community.
- Gregory J. Rosmaita, an accessibility analyst and W3C invited expert serving in an array of roles including past Co-Chair of the WCAG working group. He has a deep understanding of the diversity of user requirements and the strength of conviction to do something about it.
- Jeffrey Zeldman, "internationally known web designer and author, architect of the web standards movement, and creator of some of the medium's best-known brands"
- Joe Clark, accessibility expert and dubbed "the king of closed captions".
- Kynn Bartlett, leading instructor and consultant in the field of web accessibility. Kynn is a former member of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group, founder of the HTML Writers Guild's Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education Center, and is on the advisory board of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet. He was my first web accessibility teacher.
- Joshue O Connor, an accessibility consultant, skilled in the design and development of accessible websites/applications. He is a member of the HTML5 working group with a strong commitment to improve the web for those with disabilities.
- Russ Weakley, widely acclaimed web designer and authority on CSS and web standards. Russ is a co-founder of the Web Standards Group and Web Essentials conferences.
- Steve Faulkner, Web accessibility director and expert. He is the creator of the Web Accessibility Toolbar.
- Tim Berners-Lee, father of the web.
Awards and Recognition
- Ten questions for Laura Carlson interview, July 2006
- A gold edition Talking Hands Award from Lancasters Laughing Place
- A gold award for the Web Design Update newsletter in the University of Minnesota's Communicators Forum Maroon and Gold competition
- The Web Design Reference site is featured as a web design portal and a screen shot of the site's homepage is published in Greg Baker and Tom Bowen's book, " First Byte, 6th edition", Oxford University Press, 2005
- Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this site more accessible or usable. Contact ITSS