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Web Essentials 2005 Rates icemedia as Top Website Designer

  • 08 November, 2005 18:42

<p>Brisbane-based internet and multimedia market leader, icemedia, redesigned the site which adhered most to best practices in Australian developed websites, according to Web Standards guru John Allsopp at the recent Web Essentials 2005 Conference in Sydney.</p>
<p>Allsopp, founder of web standards training and cross platform web development software company Westciv, is a tireless web standards activist. A co-founder of the Web Essentials Conference, he was one of the earliest members of the Web Standards Project</p>
<p>Using a score card methodology, Allsopp surveyed 83 corporate and government websites developed in Australia. Each site was assessed according to criteria for best practices in development and accessibility to give a total score out of 20 points. This score provided a benchmark against which sites could be assessed with each other and over time.</p>
<p>‘Across the board, australia.gov.au demonstrated best practices in all areas of web development and accessibility. While awareness of the importance of these standards is growing, major Australian sites often continue to fall down in this regard.
australia.gov.au rightly sets a benchmark for what is achievable by teams who are committed to best practices. Even in the tricky area of accessibility, australia.gov.au leads the way for other Australian sites,’ commented John Allsopp.</p>
<p>Sites surveyed included the ASX top 50, major Federal and State Government sites and the most popular sites visited by Australians. australia.gov.au, recently re-designed by icemedia, was rated the highest with an almost perfect score.</p>
<p>icemedia's redesign of australia.gov.au was launched in July. The site is managed by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), a business group within the Department of Finance and Administration.</p>
<p>australia.gov.au links to approximately 700 Australian Government websites with an additional 1,680 links to websites and pages via its browse navigation. It also has a powerful search facility that indexes an incredible five million pages from approximatly1,000 Australian Government websites and State and Territory government websites.</p>
<p>qld.gov.au, the Queensland Government's internet gateway, another example of icemedia's design work, was also rated in the top 10 on the ‘Allsopp Scale’.</p>
<p>icemedia’s position as one of Australia’s most successful specialists in web technologies, information design and internet application development has clearly been demonstrated by its scoop of two of the top 10 rated sites.</p>
<p>“We are thrilled to have two of icemedia’s client websites given the highest rating in meeting web standards and maximising accessibility. icemedia is very proud to have had the opportunity to work on australia.gov.au, the site which adhered most to best practices on the ‘Allsopp Scale’,” commented Paul Campbell, Managing Director of icemedia.</p>
<p>icemedia was selected by AGIMO for this project through a national tender process. This win demonstrates that the Queensland ICT industry is ‘Smarts Ahead’ when it comes to providing best-of-breed web technology capabilities.</p>
<p>ENDS</p>
<p>FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Paul Campbell
Managing Director
icemedia
PH: (07) 3511 5311</p>
<p>RELEASED THROUGH: Tanya Hain
Market One
Ph: 07 3374 4012
Mob: 0411 171 957</p>

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