Where are we going, and why am I in this basket?
My name is Scott Savage and I live, work, and play just outside of Washington, D.C. I’m a professional website designer/web accessibility & usability specialist, and have a decade of experience under my belt. I’ve been blogging since late 1999 a year after I got into professional web design through an amazing internship in high school. And in case you were wondering, I’m a hand-coder. To hell with WYSIWYGs.
My personal interests are (in no particular order): Writing, reading, playing musical instruments (guitar, bass, clarinet, piano), Star Trek, photography, politics (as a spectator), coming up with new designs for websites that are both aesthetically pleasing and accessible, watching the Discovery Channel and Food Network, playing video games (especially World of Warcraft), and occasionally sleeping.
As I mentioned above, for almost a decade (where has the time gone?!), I have been a professional website designer in the Washington, D.C./Metro area (as I mentioned above), and have worked for large and small companies such as Sallie Mae and AWS Convergence Technologies. I was also one of the team members at AWS that co-designed and assisted in the development of the award-winning WeatherBug application back in late 1999/2000. Currently, I’m an employee of a large US IT/Defense/R&D firm and am servicing a large-scale contract with a US Federal agency, helping them to create elegant and functional websites & web-based applications that are compliant with US Section 508 standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
The site is hosted by Dreamhost, and was built using PHP, XHTML Transitional 1.0, CSS, with Section 508 and WCAG 1.0 in mind.
I believe in Web Standards
And so should you. For years, folks created websites with reckless abandon, not caring whether or not the site worked in most, if not all, browsers, and with multiple technology. People still do that, but good designers and developers don’t. Web Standards are important, and all pages on this site should always validate to XHTML 1.0 Transitional, CSS, and Section 508. If something on the site doesn’t look quite right or good on your browser, you’re probably using an old computer with an old browser. Or at least an old browser, like Netscape 4.xx or IE 5.x. If that’s the case, you should really go and either a) Get a new computer, or b) Download Firefox – an awesome, free, modern browser that fully supports Web Standards.
On the other hand, if you ARE using a modern browser like Firefox or Chrome, let me know what the trouble is (take a screen cap in case I can’t recreate the bug) and I’ll try to get it resolved as quickly as possible.