because the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge Fac­ul­ty of Man­age­ment was host­ing the ASAC 2006 con­fer­ence, I was com­mis­sioned to do the web­site.

www​.uleth​.ca/​a​sac

It’s noth­ing spe­cial real­ly. It’s not very trend-set­ting or bleed­ing edge. For the ASAC con­fer­ence web­sites, how­ev­er, it brought things to a new lev­el. Using serv­er and cook­ie based tech­nolo­gies, I was able to present lan­guage-spe­cif­ic con­tent based on a user’s pref­er­ences. This meant no sep­a­rate Eng­lish and French sites.

In addi­tion, because I used seman­tic code and CSS-based design, pages loaded quick­er, took up less sys­tem resources, and print­ed more ele­gant­ly.

Like I said, noth­ing too spe­cial, but giv­en the track record for con­fer­ence web­sites, this was in a league all its own.

Well, with the ASAC 2007 con­fer­ence web­site recent­ly released, looks like mine will for­ev­er be in its own league.

asac​.man​age​ment​.uot​tawa​.ca

They’re back to piti­ful, high-school-stu­dent gen­er­at­ed designs that have plagued the con­fer­ences year after year. Maybe that’s what they teach in the master’s in com­put­er sci­ence pro­gramme at the U of Ottawa.

Sigh.

See why I am leav­ing web design?

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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