The John Carroll School
8 comments | Posted: 29 December 05 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
At the risk of looking like I’m trying to rip off Stylegala, I have decided to feature this site. It’s not everyday that you see such a nicely designed site for an educational institution, let alone a high school! The site was designed by Silverpoint, whom Shaun Inman worked with before striking out on his own.
Even though I am normally not a big fan of drop-down menus, these are done stylishly. There is careful attention to detail evident by the right two categories expanding towards the left, allowing for them to be visible without touching the edge of the browser window at 800×600 resolution.
A popular and over-used method of doing drop-downs relies on putting the menus at the bottom of the HTML. By being later in the code, they are higher in the z-index, allowing them to be placed on top of the rest of the site design. For a
good bad example of this being done, check out the Billy Graham website.
Silverpoint has employed no such dirty tricks, and has gone the extra mile to ensure accessibility. Perfect XHTML and CSS, with tasteful bits of Flash and sIFR, make an impressive site. While it may look simple on the surface, a lot of work has gone into it behind the scenes to ensure a pleasant user experience.
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