Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Evolution is an intangible asset that supports constant improvement

Of course this imperative theory applies to the World Wide Web too. Creating a fully functional and an effective website is an essential combination of skill, technology and lastly, accessibility. We have been riding high on the first two parameters for about a decade now, but a website still seems incompetent when it lags behind in terms of accessibility. A website is said to be accessible when it serves its need to all users, irrespective of their conditions, limitations or available technology. Underestimating the concept of accessibility not only leads to loss of visitors but demeans your business goal too. We present this compilation to my readers to make them understand the long lost importance of accessibility and ways to achieve it.
There are chances that a very notable percentage of your target customers lag behind in terms of technology and physical ability, which is why your website may not be able to serve them in a better way compared to the normal ones. Targeting these underprivileged categories can offer a boost to website traffic and profit too.   
Website is a universal phenomenon with a primary aim to disseminate information to the masses irrespective of any geographical boundary. In short, a website is universal in nature, which is why it has to be accessible to a varied kind of audiences. 

Cross Browser Compatibility: Cross browser compatibility, it means the website has to look the same in all the prevalent web browsers. By prevalent browsers I mean names like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and many more.

Some good tools for good web designing for Cross Browser Compatibility:
Firebug: A brilliant tool that effectively analyzes specific issues with CSS styles and HTML Entities. Plus, Firebug is an essential Firefox add-on, which again benefits a lot to the designers and developers while working on cross browser compatibility. Similarly, we have Firebug Lite that is implemented to bring-in Firebug visual interface and debugging functions to web browsers. This tool is deployed as a client side JavaScript code and is very easy to include in the WebPages.  
CSS3Pie: The tool allows you to include drop shadows and rounded corners along with the CSS, which will enable the website to work well with all major browsers. This essential tool frees you from the burden of moving across multiple div’s, images and gradients.  
IE Tester: As we mentioned earlier, Internet Explorer is one of the most used browsers that we have today, which makes this tool even more important. What makes dealing with IE tricky is that only a single version is installed on any Windows PC at a time. Developers used to deal with this issue by setting multiple virtual PCs; however, with the help of IE Tester you test the website on a single browser. Using a single browser, a developer will be able to use different tabs from each version.
I hope this blog enlightens many, but suggestions are still welcome from reader’s side as well.

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