This piece was originally published in my online journal on 6 May 2004.
In early May 2004, I wrote about how I came to work for Navarik, a Vancouver company that makes web-based software for companies in maritime shipping, and how that led me to be more interested in standards-based web design. Today I'm going to start explaining how we went about putting together a new website for Navarik. The process shows how a small team can assemble a site that:
While we had the luxury of a long timeline and no fixed deadline to work on it, the site is still far from perfect—some parts of it don't fully comply with the standards we set, and we left out a lot we wanted to do. But we continue to add things and tweak the site to make it work better, and that's what I think any website should always do.
The team is four people, all Navarik employees: me, web design superstar Dave Shea, Navarik President and former shipping agent Bill Dobie, and Nathan Dobie, who is one of Navarik's key long-time employees, a former shipping agent who happens to be Bill's cousin.
Bill, Dave, and I are three of five Mac users in the company. (One developer runs desktop Linux, while the rest use Windows.) Nathan has an IBM ThinkPad, and is the only one of the team without his own weblog—more about that later. We also had great assistance from the rest of Navarik's (very smart) staff, especially in helping us test and finesse the design and content before it went live last Monday, and in telling us what's still missing.
In 2002, I had already helped Navarik build its previous site, which had the great advantage of running its home page as a weblog, using the popular (and inexpensive) Movable Type publishing system. Much of that design came from Ryan McCuaig, who used to work for the company but is now an architect, and who for some mysterious reason deactivated his excellent weblog at sisyphean.org last year.
Here's what we did to get rolling:
Next, how we got off our butts and did the job, but it still took another four months.
Page BBEdited on 12-May-04 (originally published 6-May-04)