In early 2006, the website was totally redesigned for content. The pages became more uniform. New colors were selected from Home Depot paint chips, new graphics were added (thanks to Tom Thiel and Mike Hanst) and the menu was moved to the top of each page. Of course we added our own domain name and hosting account.
In October of 2006 the website was converted from a table based layout to a CSS based one. This resulted in a reduction of about 75% in page size, and greatly speeded up download time. The CSS and all XHTML pages have passed assessments as valid (CSS 2.1 and XHTML 1.0 Strict). A new menu structure was also put in place using CSS only, and additional pages were added for searching, links, notes, and SIG descriptions/downloads.
These pages have been made more accessible to text readers, and as of October, pass WCAG Priority 1 and 2, as well as Access Board Section 508 criteria with no errors. For example, invisible links have been added to each page that allow the text reader to skip to the main content of each page, rather than have to listen to all the navigation links read out. Of course, you can only get to these links if you use a text reader, or view the page with css turned off in Firefox or similar browsers.
In April of 2007 the Executive Committee voted to make our website database driven.
In May, 2007 the Programs schedule was put on a PHP/MySQL database, which makes it always accurate and updated to the minute.
In August, 2007 we implemented a member login process and a membership database using PHP and MySQL. All of the Society's data is now on line and available to members only, protected by a sophisticated ID, password, and verification process. This allows joining our Society from the Website, renewing or joining using PayPal or with a check, viewing Society documents (Ex. Membership Roster and Member Helping Member Experts list), and viewing special reports, with the information updated to the minute.