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I write articles for this blog mainly because I need a place to store the endless stream of web development information coming my way.  Sharing information has proven to be a great way to network and connect with people also questing to keep current and help push to internet to a standards based practices.

I am currently studying Photography because it is more than a hobby to me, it is part of great web design.  It takes studying and practice to become great at either of these things.

I hold certifications in the following:

  1. Web Design
  2. Photoshop
  3. WordPress
  4. SEO
  5. CSS3 and HTML5
  6. Advanced Web Pages
  7. Ajax Programming
  8. PHP and MySQL Intermediate
  9. PHP and MySQL Introduction
  10. ASP.NET Introduction
  11. PC Security
  12. Creating Web Pages
  13. JavaScript
  14. Flash

Additionally, I graduated from the KSU KIP (Kennesaw Internet Professional) program, which included certifications for Photoshop, JavaScript, Flash, Illustrator, Search Engine Optimization, Design Theory and User Experience.

We live in a world where we expect instantaneous results, however, the learning curve for development is a daunting task.

I love educating my clients about Web Standards and how you must think of the future.  There is a lot of stuff going on under the hood. Some of the issues we are faced with include:

It’s all about Web Standards:

  1. Efficiency of code:  Keep it simple, and reuse it when you can.  Separate the HTML from your CSS from your Scripts, and ensure they are validated.
  2. Ease of maintenance:  Has a lot to do with #1.
  3. Accessibility:  Make the web accessible to everyone, no matter who they are, regardless of circumstance.  Think about the visually impaired and people who have restricted movement.   By using web standards and best practices, you’ll be able to make your website usable by this significant group of people with no extra effort.
  4. Device compatibility:  Think screen size.  Using web standards and best practices practically guarantees that my creations will work in all different scenarios.
  5. Web crawlers and search engines:  SEO.  Just by using web standards you will make your site a lot more visible on Google, Yahoo!, etc., which is good for business!

I have read that most sites on the Web still do not follow web standards and there are a lot of outdated practices still being used.  How come?  A few reasons might include a lack of education, company policy, the “getting paid anyway” mentality, or it is too hard to learn.  Universities are only starting to teach web standards in their web-related courses, but the information becomes outdated quickly.  As we all know, it is hard to change bureaucracy.

Do you know how many companies and institutions have outdated websites?  Their policies could be really hurting them.  They are basing their website on code that was constructed for old, outdated browsers.  I encourage anyone with a website to get a tune-up, which may or may not be the right thing for everyone.  I’ve seen sites where you had to build it from scratch because the code was so convoluted it just didn’t make sense to try to fix it.

By focusing on the latest trends and standards, I am fool-proofing my career and potential.  I love new contracts and projects and anything photography.

Call for a tune-up!  770-316-1654.

Your truly,
Visit my Website www.ChristinaDescalzo.com – an Atlanta based web and graphics developer
A Different Photo – my Photography Blog

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