Web Design and Development

Web Site Design

Indigo Digital specializes in the design and development of web sites. This involves the coordination of many design and programming disciplines. In general we prefer open source CMS's (Content Management Systems) like Drupal for the development of websites. Equally important to effective web sites are advanced knowledge of RDF, HTML, XML, CSS, XHTML, XSL, Javascript, AJAX, Macromedia Flash, DHTML, Responsive Design, and image optimization. Indigo Digital has nearly 12 years experience effectively using these web technologies to build superior web sites. Contact us for a custom quote. We've included some information on the various aspects of web design and development below.

DRUPAL

 

Drupal is a free software package that allows site owners to easily organize, manage and publish their content, with an endless variety of customization.
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HTML

In computing, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the predominant markup language for the creation of web pages. It provides a means to describe the structure of text-based information in a document — by denoting certain text as headings, paragraphs, lists, and so on — and to supplement that text with interactive forms, embedded images, and other objects. HTML can also describe, to some degree, the appearance and semantics of a document, and can provide additional cues, such as embedded scripting language code, that can affect the behavior of web browsers and other HTML processors.
Source: Wikipedia

XML

The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a W3C-recommended general-purpose markup language that supports a wide variety of applications. XML languages or 'dialects' are easy to design and to process. XML is also designed to be reasonably human-legible, and to this end, terseness was not considered essential in its structure. XML is a simplified subset of Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). Its primary purpose is to facilitate the sharing of data across different information systems, particularly systems connected via the Internet. Formally defined languages based on XML (such as RSS, MathML, XHTML, Scalable Vector Graphics, MusicXML and thousands of other examples) allow diverse software reliably to understand information formatted and passed in these languages.
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CSS

In computing, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a stylesheet language used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup language. Its most common application is to style web pages written in HTML and XHTML, but the language can be applied to any kind of XML document, including SVG and XUL. The CSS specifications are maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). CSS has various levels and profiles. Each level of CSS builds upon the last, typically adding new features and are typically denoted as CSS1, CSS2, and CSS3. Profiles are typically a subset of one or more levels of CSS built for a particular device or user interface. Currently there are profiles for mobile devices, printers, and television sets. Profiles should not be confused with media types which were added in CSS2. The use of CSS to position the content of a web page is sometimes referred to as CSS-P or CSS Positioning.
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XHTML

The Extensible HyperText Markup Language, or XHTML, is a markup language that has the same depth of expression as HTML, but a stricter, less verbose vocabulary. Whereas HTML is an application of SGML, a very flexible markup language, XHTML is an application of XML, a more restrictive subset of SGML. Because they need to be well-formed (syntactically correct), XHTML documents allow for automated processing to be performed using a standard XML library—unlike HTML, which requires a relatively complex, lenient, and generally custom parser (though an SGML parser library could possibly be used). XHTML can be thought of as the intersection of HTML and XML in many respects, since it is a reformulation of HTML in XML. XHTML 1.0 became a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation on January 26, 2000. XHTML 1.1 became a W3C recommendation May 31, 2001.
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XSL or XSLT

The eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) is a family of transformation languages which allows one to describe how files encoded in the XML standard are to be formatted or transformed. There are three languages in the family:

  • XSL Transformations (XSLT): an XML language for transforming XML documents
  • XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO): an XML language for specifying the visual formatting of an XML document
  • the XML Path Language (XPath): a non-XML language used by XSLT, and also available for use in non-XSLT contexts, for addressing the parts of an XML document.

These three specifications are available in the form of W3C Recommendations.

Within Microsoft, the term XSL is sometimes used to refer to a Microsoft variant of XSLT developed as an implementation of an early (1998) W3C draft of the XSLT language, with Microsoft-specific extensions and omissions. Other commentators generally refer to this dialect as WD-xsl. The dialect was later superseded by a conformant implementation of the W3C specification.

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Javascript

JavaScript is the name of Netscape Communications Corporation's implementation of the ECMAScript standard, a scripting language based on the concept of prototype-based programming. The language is best known for its use in websites (as client-side JavaScript), but is also used to enable scripting access to objects embedded in other applications.

Despite the name, JavaScript is only distantly related to the Java programming language, the main similarity being their common debt to the C syntax. Semantically, JavaScript has far more in common with the Self programming language.

JavaScript is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. It was used under license for technology invented and implemented by Netscape Communications and current entities such as the Mozilla Foundation.

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Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash; originally FutureSplash Animator), or simply Flash, refers to both the Adobe Flash Player and to a multimedia authoring program used to create content for the Adobe Engagement Platform (such as web applications, games and movies). The Flash Player, developed and distributed by Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in 2005), is a client application available in most dominant web browsers. It features support for vector and raster graphics, a scripting language called ActionScript and bi-directional streaming of audio and video.

Strictly speaking, Adobe Flash is an integrated development environment (IDE) while Flash Player is a virtual machine used to run, or parse, the Flash files. But in contemporary colloquial terms "Flash" can refer to the authoring environment, the player, or the application files.

Since its introduction in 1996, Flash technology has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages; several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, various web-page components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.

The Flash files, traditionally called "Flash movies" or "Flash games", have a .swf file extension and may be an object of a web page, strictly "played" in a standalone Flash Player, or incorporated into a Projector, a self-executing Flash movie.

Source: Wikipedia

DHTML

Dynamic HTML or DHTML is a term used for a collection of technologies, used together to create interactive and animated web sites by using a combination of static markup language (such as HTML), a client-side scripting language (such as JavaScript), the presentation definition language (Cascading Style Sheets), and the Document Object Model. It is a kind of dynamic web page.

Though the term "dynamic web page" can refer to any specific web page that is generated differently for each user, load occurrence, or per specific variable values, those pages with this type of "dynamic" content should not be confused for DHTML. Web pages with this type of dynamic content, though still dynamic web pages, are a result of either server-side scripting (such as PHP or Perl), which generates unique content prior to sending the page to the visitor; or as a result of client-side scripting that is run immediately upon page load, before the static page content is visually generated. DHTML, as described above, is a term specifically reserved for those pages which utilize client-side scripting (such as JavaScript) to effect changes in variables of the presentation definition language (such as CSS), which in turn will effect the look and function of otherwise "static" HTML page content, after the page has been fully loaded and during the viewing process. In effect, the dynamic characteristic of DHTML is found in how it acts and functions as each page is being viewed, not in its ability to generate a unique page with each specific page load.

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