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Designing GeodSoft's Web Site

Discusses designing a script maintained web site with optimized graphics, small pages, adaptable to diverse browsing habits, and accessible to the visually impaired. The evolution of page design and site organization are covered. The issues discussed are often relevant to all web sites.


This section discusses the planning of and page design process in creating the web site. It is intended as a case study. The site's design has been changed several times and the pages discussing the earlier designs are left largely as they were written. Typically this was shortly after the changes being discussed were completed. Sometimes it was as the changes were being made. Thus the page flow is chronological.

The issues discussed in this Design section are global to all three mirrored sites. For a discussion of the implementation and adminstrative issues faced building mirrored sites on Linux, Windows NT and OpenBSD, see the Building section.

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