RE: web-design . where does one start?

Hello-

I have been using drupal with different themes and then making slight CSS
modifications.
I have developed many different corporate websites by changing around menu
names, logos, features, and positioning of the menus while leaving the theme
the same.
My firm develops online applications for video web broadcasting, online
stores, call centers, and many other custom applications.  We also develop
lead generation websites for mortgage and real estate brokers.

Here is my 2 cents on how I did it before I hired programmers:
1. Use a content management system like word press or drupal.
2. Work with a sighted person to pick up a few good themes that  you can
switch through.
3. Learn to work with blocks in drupal.
4. Focus on learning skills such as working with video, audio, online
ecommerce, and other high end custom applications most people are not able
to do easily.  Learn about asterisk, FMS,  and red5.
5. I can develop almost any type of custom application in drupal using PHP,
CSS, red5, asterisk, and shopping carts.
6. My graphic designer works with our clients  to do a mach up and then I
would implement the concept.
7. CSS is very powerful and easy to use to position elements on a page.
8. If you focus on the programming, conceptualization of features, and other
high end custom applications, you will be able to pay a graphic designer
hourly to make sure it looks good.

Call me any time if you need any more tips or ideas.

Warmest Regards,
H.R. Soltani
Star Federal, Inc.
Management, Consulting, and Development
When you prosper, we succeed!
Mailing Address: 228 Park Avenue South, #24165, New York, NY 10003
New York City Phone: (212) 561-5811
Washington DC Phone: 202-559-7200
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 212-2805
Fax: (800) 902-6049
Website: StarFederal.com

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Katherine Moss
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:46 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: web-design . where does one start?

Thanks for that reminder.  I'll have to look into how the JAWS cursor gives
positions.  I've only ever used it to read information not visible with the
PC cursor.  

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Humberto
Rodriguez
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:44 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: web-design . where does one start?

Hello Florian:

I suggest you use the Jaws cursor to get an idea of how the page looks, also
to find the position of certain elements, as well as colors.  For complex
pages, it is easier to use an existing template, being careful to respect
sizes of graphics and text.

Humberto


-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Florian-achtige
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 4:04 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: web-design . where does one start?

Hello,

I am, and have always been, fully blind. I have the ambition of being able
to write at least passable websites when it comes to the design/visual
aspect. I understand that you are usually advised to have a sighted person
check your layout before you go live with it, but how do you know where to
begin? I have always seen websites from the JAWS perspective, I have no idea
on what side the menu should be, or the content, what shape, font? That kind
of thing. Where do I go to find out such things?

Florian
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