Algonquin Studios’ Vice-President Adrian Roselli Featured on Web Standards Sherpa

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Web Standards Sherpa, a site dedicated to providing web professionals the opportunity to receive feedback, glean advice, and learn best practices from experts in the field to help them improve the quality of their own work, has featured an article entitled “Balancing Act: Features, Budgets, & Timelines” written by Algonquin Studios’ Vice-President Adrian Roselli on its website.

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Roselli’s article is a behind the scenes look at the work involved in developing a new web site that meets its audience needs and the technical specifications necessary under tight time and budgetary limitations.

“Being christened as one of the newest Sherpa authors is incredibly flattering, especially with the talent and recognition behind the other authors in the mix,” says Mr. Roselli. “It’s a great opportunity to share my experience with an even broader community. Hopefully my nearly twenty years of experience building for the web can prove more valuable to readers than as just some archaic curiosity of web history.”

Using the development work he completed for the Buffalo Soccer Club web site, Roselli walks readers through his process for identifying key design features, prioritizing those features for an achievable action plan, implementing a responsive layout, making images and links responsive, embedding video, and creating print styles.

Roselli suggests some “things to do” when starting a project that has a tight timeline and/or budget. He suggests identifying the most “extreme” features at the start of a project, addressing whether or not they can be fit into a budget and completed in the time allotted, spending time with the site’s designer in order to understand his/her vision for the design functionality, doing user testing, and modularizing code, identifying blocks of code that can be saved and re-used later, with tweaking, to solve similar challenges.

Roselli’s article also identifies pitfalls for developers to avoid when coding on the quick. His list includes only designing what developers know they can code, staying away from frameworks or code that's not understood, and keeping the user of the end product in mind. In Roselli’s opinion, these things can derail a project quickly.

According to Roselli, finding the balance between budget, timeframe, and development is as important a skill as the actual techniques used to build a site. The key to successfully executing a project is to identify the “must-haves” and decide on the most effective development strategy that will deliver those key features on time and on budget.

About Adrian Roselli - Co-founder and Vice-President of Algonquin Studios, Adrian Roselli has been developing accessible, effective user interfaces for the Web since 1993. A member of the W3C HTML Working Group, as well as the W3C Accessibility Task Force, he has written articles for trade journals, web sites, and participated as an author and editor on five web-related books. He has also acted as a technical editor for the same publisher and other developer web sites. Roselli’s work has been cited in many books and articles on usability, accessibility, and interface design. He was most recently interviewed in the French magazine "Technikart" about the future of the web and wrote an article in the British ".Net Magazine" about making web sites print-friendly.

About Algonquin Studios - Algonquin Studios is a professional services firm providing world-class software development, business and technology consulting, and web design and web content management systems, and since 1998. Algonquin Studios provides expert business solutions for organizations in many industries including health care, legal, financial, and not-for-profit.

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