ex HMAS Canberra Web Site
In October 2006 I joined the Victorian Artificial Reef
Society (VARS), the Victorian dive community group
behind the push to secure, prepare, sink and dive the ex
HMAS Canberra as an artificial reef dive site for Victoria.
In due course VARS decided it would need a web site for the
ex HMSA Canberra project. Initially this web site would keep people
informed on the progress of the project to prepare and sink the warship.
However, the brief is also that this web site would become the focus
point for information on the ex HMAS Canberra dive site once the warship
was sunk. Plus it is hoped that this web site can become the focus for
promoting Victoria as a world class temperate water diving destination.
Thus the web site had to cover other Victorian dive sites, dive operators
and accommodation providers.
The design of the ex HMAS Canberra web
site uses the same elements as the VARS web site for continuity.
The result is a new CSS based table-less template,
meeting the requirements. Considerable efforts were also
made to build in improved support for accessibility
The following software tools were used to build the
ex HMAS Canberra web site:
- Etomite CMS
(running on a Linux platform using Apache, MySQL, PHP
- Microsoft Internet Explorer v7.0
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Adobe PhotoShop CS2
- Adobe ImageReady CS2
- Adobe Illustrator CS2
- WS_FTP for Windows
- HTML Tidy
- NoteTab Pro
- TopStyle Pro
The ex HMAS Canberra web site runs using the Etomite Content
Management Systems, an open source solution released under
the GNU license scheme. Etomite is a CMS solution built using the
language with MySQL
for the database.
A feature of this web site is the way Google Maps is being used
to show the locations of dive shops, dive sites etc.
the data for which is generated by an Etomite snippet. The secondary
navigation menu is a simple list, generated by an Etomite snippet
and styles with CSS.
The ex HMAS Canberra web site is hosted by JaguarPC on servers running the Linux
operating system, using the Apache web server.
The ex HMAS Canberra web site respects W3C standards. The web site is currently
validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional with
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The web site also conforms to a
number of accessibility standards.
Various page elements were built and/or adapted to the
colour scheme chosen using Adobe PhotoShop CS2.
Then it was time to write the content, and build the
required web pages.
The ex HMAS Canberra web site
looks best on 800 x 600 or better resolution displays.
The ex HMAS Canberra web site went live late in March 2007.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007