Developing Your Ultimate Package

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In this one hour tutorial Simon Collison will demonstrate why convention, order and understanding are vital to web design and development teams. He'll give insights into how Erskine approach projects …

In this one hour tutorial Simon Collison will demonstrate why convention, order and understanding are vital to web design and development teams. He'll give insights into how Erskine approach projects and will help attendees explore ways of creating and evolving their own "Ultimate Package".

Why conventions are essential for successful web projects. How Erskine approach HTML, CSS & JavaScript in their own projects. What to consider when developing your own "Ultimate Package".

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  • Thanks for sharing such an amazing explanation through nicely built presentation. I have website: http://www.baptemeair.com/ that I wish to embed this slide into them. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks.
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  • We use http://www.dokuwiki.org/ for that, despite using mostly home-rolled systems for everything else.
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  • Chris Hart: Yes, that is what I wanted to know. Is that an off the shelf wiki (if so which one) or a system they have rolled themselves (maybe using EE)? I'm researching how to set-up a central place for internal documentation and our 'package' and wondered what Erskine are using.
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  • I would assume that screen is a grab from the web based wiki they use as a 'home' for the package.
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  • 1. Conventions
  • 2. http://costumepop.com/costume-buzz/12-costume-fails-from-comic-con/
  • 3. A base layer of rules and conventions that act as starting points for HTML, CSS, JavaScript and ExpressionEngine for all projects.
  • 4. • Basic HTML files & naming conventions • PHP for basic templates prior to CMS integration. • CSS: Stylesheets, IE-specific, reset, scratch files etc. • JavaScript: jQuery, onload triggers, transparency support • Other Assets such as folders for images, Flash etc.
  • 5. A bumper compendium of cascading CSS files, naming conventions, modules, plugins and scripts that ensure any project will stay on convention, and be simple for anyone to step into and work with at any time.
  • 6. • Allows better collaboration within the team; the designer can jump into the developer’s code and vice-versa. • Anyone who hasn’t even worked on a certain project can jump in and quickly solve problems because everything is on convention. • Keeps output fresh and ensures use of best practices. • Establishes a thoroughly connected layer of base files allowing for swift CSS and JavaScript implementation and other assets. • Makes life easier for developers and designers... and anyone really • Helps maintain quality control
  • 7. Iteration
  • 8. We’re constantly considering HTML, CSS, browsers, JavaScript, naming conventions, CMS usage and any improvements in general methods or implementations. Constant iterations of the package are made.
  • 9. Version control
  • 10. We’re currently on version 2.2 - and it’s available internally on our systems with a changelog, meaning anyone can use it as a starting point for both agency and personal projects.
  • 11. Opening the package
  • 12. Root
  • 13. Assets
  • 14. Stylesheets
  • 15. Images
  • 16. JavaScript
  • 17. HTML templates
  • 18. <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> <head> <!-- META --> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us" /> <meta name="description" content="" /> <meta name="author" content="Erskine Design" /> <meta name="Copyright" content="" /> <!-- TITLE --> <title>Home</title> <!-- CSS --> <link href="assets/css/screen.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /> <!--[if IE 6]><link href="assets/css/screen-ie6.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /><![endif]--> <!--[if IE 7]><link href="assets/css/screen-ie7.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /><![endif]--> <link href="assets/css/print.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="print" /> <link href="assets/css/mobile.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="handheld" /> <!-- JS --> <script type="text/javascript" src="assets/js/jquery-1.3.2.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="assets/js/onload.js"></script> <!--[if IE 6]><script type="text/javascript" src="assets/js/belatedpng-0.0.7a.js"></script><![endif]--> <!--[if IE 6]><script type="text/javascript" src="assets/js/ie6.js"></script><![endif]--> <!-- RSS --> <!-- FAVICON --> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="assets/images/site/favicon.ico" type="image/ico" /> </head> <body> </body> </html>
  • 19. PHP templates
  • 20. index.php <?php $section = "home"; ?> <?php $body_class = "home"; ?> <?php $page_title = "Home"; ?> <?php include('_start.php') ?> Hello <?php include('_end.php') ?>
  • 21. _start.php (slim version) <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/ xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> <head> <!-- META --> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us" /> <meta name="description" content="" /> <meta name="author" content="Erskine Design" /> <meta name="Copyright" content="" /> <!-- TITLE --> <title><?php echo("$page_title"); ?></title> <!-- CSS --> <link href="assets/css/screen.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /> <!-- JS --> <script type="text/javascript" src="assets/js/jquery-1.3.2.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="assets/js/onload.js"></script> <!-- RSS --> <!-- FAVICON --> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="assets/images/site/favicon.ico" type="image/ico" /> </head> <body class="<?php echo("$body_class"); ?>">
  • 22. _start.php <title><?php echo("$page_title"); ?></title> <body class="<?php echo("$body_class"); ?>">
  • 23. _end.php </body> </html>
  • 24. Stylesheets
  • 25. CSS default
  • 26. /* [PROJECT] by ERSKINE DESIGN VERSION 1.0 CONTENTS ---------- 1.BODY 2.DEFAULT STYLING 3.HEADINGS 4.LINKS 5.IMAGES 6.LAYOUT 7.BRANDING/MASTHEAD 8.NAVIGATION 9.SITEINFO/FOOTER [etc] */
  • 27. @import url(reset.css); /* RESET CSS */ @import url(forms.css); /* FORMS CSS */ @import url(scratch.css); /* SCRATCH */
  • 28. /* 1.BODY ------------------------------------------------------------------ ---- */ body { text-shadow:rgba(0,0,0,0.01) 0 0 1px; } a.access { position:absolute; top:-9999px; left:-9999px; font- family:Verdana,sans-serif; font-size:10px; font-weight:bold; background:#eee; border:2px solid #ddd; padding:10px; } a.access:focus { display:block; top:0; left:0; color:#333; }
  • 29. CSS reset
  • 30. /* RESET STYLESHEET */ html, body, div, span, applet, object, iframe, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, abbr, acronym, address, big, cite, code, del, dfn, em, font, img, ins, kbd, q, s, samp, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, var, dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, legend, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td { margin:0; padding:0; border:0; outline:0; font-weight:inherit; font-style:inherit; font-size:100%; font- family:inherit; vertical-align:baseline; } /* remember to define focus styles! */ /*:focus { outline:0; }*/ body { line-height:1; color:black; background:white; } ol, ul { list-style:none; } /* tables still need 'cellspacing="0"' in the markup */ table { border-collapse:separate; border-spacing:0; } caption, th, td { text-align:left; font-weight:normal; } input { vertical-align:middle; } img { display:block; }
  • 31. CSS for IE6 & IE7
  • 32. Conditional comments <!--[if IE 6]><link href="assets/css/screen-ie6.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /><![endif]--> <!--[if IE 7]><link href="assets/css/screen-ie7.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /><![endif]-->
  • 33. /* [PROJECT] by ERSKINE DESIGN VERSION 1.0 IE6 OVERRIDE STYLES CONTENTS ---------- ------------------- */
  • 34. JavaScript
  • 35. jQuery
  • 36. belatedPNG
  • 37. ie6.js
  • 38. $(document).ready(function(){ // FORMS $("input[type='button']").addClass('button'); $("input[type='checkbox']").addClass('checkbox'); $("input[type='file']").addClass('file'); $("input[type='image']").addClass('image'); $("input[type='password']").addClass('password'); $("input[type='radio']").addClass('radio'); $("input[type='submit']").addClass('submit'); $("input[type='text']").addClass('text'); // RSS ICON $("img[alt='Feed Icon']").addClass('rss_icon'); }); // BELATED PNG IMAGE FIXING DD_belatedPNG.fix('');
  • 39. onload.js
  • 40. $(document).ready(function(){ });
  • 41. Content management
  • 42. If you like the idea and general approach, you’d do worse than to build your own package.
  • 43. Our package isn’t publicly available because it is ours - bespoke, custom, built especially for our purposes suiting our needs.
  • 44. Further reading... •http://colly.com/comments/the_process_toolbox_a_nine_part_epic/ •http://erskinelabs.com/post/the-process-toolbox-part-seven-convention/
  • 45. • Naming conventions • Reset browser defaults • HTML & XHTML • CSS Frameworks • HTML5 ? • Scratch files • JavaScript • Mobile & Handheld • jQuery & Libraries • Print stylesheets • PHP • PNG support • Templating • Flash and SWF • Wireframing • Image folders • IE6, IE7 & IE8 • Content Management Anything else?