Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, February 01, 2005
# 10:37:00 PM:

New site for the Chamber

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Since 1982, when I received the Grade 8 Art Award at Royal Oak Junior Secondary School in Burnaby, it's become obvious that I'm not an artist, nor much of a graphic designer (just look at this site). I'm also no good at computer programming. But as long as someone else creates the design and layout and codes the hard logic, I'm not bad at putting a decent website together.

The latest evidence is the new site for the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, a project I've supervised and occasionally slaved over since last summer. The design, HTML templates, and CSS layout are by the always brilliant Dave Shea, and the programming came courtesy of Simian Systems of Winnipeg, who built the content management system the site runs on. But, entrusted by Bill and others at Navarik to look after the project once the contract was signed, I nurtured it along through some frustrating technical swamps, buggy first drafts of new features, and one complete re-thinking of the structure.

Staff at the Chamber can now update the website in a web browser, without having to mess with HTML code or FTP transfers. And it looks good. There remain some mop-up issues to take care of, but I'm glad to see it out of the nest.


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