Conception, copywriting, photography, design, development, maintenance and evolution for ShannonSwenson.com is by yours truly. However, credit must be given to the open source nature of the web and the thousands of developers that share their tips and tricks. I acknowledge and appreciate help for the following site elements:
I support web publication standards to reduce costs of development and to ensure content accessibility to the widest market. In keeping with this approach, I’ve provided links to public validators for common standards at the bottom of every page on ShannonSwenson.com. The validators are:
XHTML: eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language is an advanced forward-looking standard in web publication advocated by the governing body of web standards, the W3C. It provides a document type to help keep data clean, consistent and portable.
CSS: Cascading Style Sheets enable web developers to separate content presentation from its structure. Like the XHTML validator, this one is also provided by the W3C.
508: To ensure web pages are accessible by people with disabilites, this site is built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Graphics and Photography
I use PhotoShop and various filters for all site graphics, iconography, layout and image manipulation. Most of the photographs were taken with a Canon Powershot 100 2.0 mega-pixel digital camera, my personal favorite at the time because of its compact size and quality for web publishing. I also use a Canon APS Powershot and a Canon 20D SLR with various lenses.
Other photographs are courtesy of iStockPhoto, a collection of artwork built by web developers for web developers. Images used to be free for trial and cost just 25¢ after becoming a member with proceeds benefiting the artist. Today iStock costs more, but they offer many more services and digital assets. I love this site for it’s usability, top-notch content and relatively low cost. I also have friends who make a very good living from iStock proceeds. iStock represents early web values of community and sharing, a throwback to when I first discovered the Internet, long before spam ruined the world.
Web-to-email forms allow visitors to send information via their browser. This mode of communication is easier than sending an email and site owners have control over the consistency of information received. Information sent via forms can be converted to an email and/or saved to a file that can be imported into a database. Forms found on this site are modifications of a popular PERL script.
Body of Knowledge
All skilled web developers learn from each other through articles, script sharing and peeking under each other’s source code skirts. I’ve participated in email LISTSERVS when I began commercial development in 1996 and today I actively help fellow web developers. I’ve discovered thousands of sites and people that have influenced and inspired me to produce functional web sites with lucid code. Hopefully, my site will inspire and help fellow developers.