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Web Design References

Web Design References

The Web Design Reference is a vast mega-reference (over 6,000 links) of information and articles about web design and development. The materials presented serve as resources to instruction in web design, development, standards and best practices. WDR provides an array of up-to-date, quality, information. The site’s contents have been carefully screened and updated regularly from its inception to date.  The listing categories span the alphabet from "Accessibility" to "XML". References include recent articles by knowledgeable authors, as well as the expected links to major organizations, events, and resources. The learning goal is to provide a valuable and reliable resource of information and knowledge of web design and development for students, educators, designers, and developers. The information at this site serves as a resource for those who want to learn and keep abreast of techniques, methods, and theories, or for those who want to refresh their knowledge. This site advocates accessibility, usability, web standards, CSS, and many related topics by:
  • Imparting news and information on making web sites obtainable and functional to largest possible audience.
  • Providing topical news and information for designing web sites that are effective, efficient, engaging, error tolerant and easy to learn.
  • Distributing pertinent news and information of web design and development theory and methods.
The site tries to practice what it preaches: it’s marked up in HTML 4.01 Strict; meets WCAG, Section 508, and University of Minnesota access guidelines; and uses CSS for layout. Added features include a  newsletter for site updates, RSS feed,  suggest a link form, quote for the day, a glossary, sitemap, and search. More information can be found in the  About Section and  Accessibility Statement for the site, as well as in a July 2006 Web Standards Group,  Ten  questions for Laura Carlson Interview.

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Diego Bonilla
Diego Bonilla (Faculty)
3 years ago
There are good links within this reference; however, I would call it "Web Development" rather than "Web Design" references. In the case of this resource, the emphasis is mostly technical rather than artistic.
Laura Carlson
Laura Carlson (Staff)
13 years ago
The Web Design Reference Site provides an array of up-to-date, quality, information. The site’s contents have been carefully screened and updated regularly from its inception to date. The listing categories span the alphabet from "Accessibility" to "XML". References include recent articles by knowledgeable authors, as well as the expected links to major organizations, events, and resources. The materials presented serve as resources to instruction in web design, development, standards and best practices. Added features include a weekly newsletter for site updates, RSS feed, suggest a link form, quote for the day, a glossary, sitemap, and search. The learning goal is to provide a valuable and reliable resource of information and knowledge of web design and development for students, educators, designers, and developers. The information at this site serves as a resource for those who want to learn and keep abreast of techniques, methods, and theories, or for those who want to refresh their knowledge.

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The site tries to practice what it preaches: it's marked up in HTML 4.01 Strict; meets WCAG, Section 508, and University of Minnesota access guidelines; and uses CSS for layout. Linkrot, the obsolescence of the links on a Web page, is a well-known problem for every website. The WDR tries to be conscientious and not change, rename or remove URLs on it's site. Any external dead or broken links are repaired on a regular basis with a link checking program.
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