Victorian Artificial Reef Society
(VARS) 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 February 2007, I started to build a web site for VARS.
The design of the VARS web
site uses element from a number of templates I've worked on recenty.
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
VARS 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 VARS 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.
Several Etomite Snippets were created or adapted to generate
various elements of the web pages, e.g. the page crumbs, various menus,
page specific meta tags etc. Snippets are also used to
generate pages from the documents database, e.g. site map,
web links, testimonials, promotions 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 VARS web site is hosted by JaguarPC on servers running the Linux
operating system, using the Apache web server.
The VARS 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 VARS web site
looks best on 800 x 600 or better resolution displays.
The VARS web site went live late in March 2007.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007