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Media Release from The Resource Channel

The Resource Channel win at The Australian Web Awards

Australia, 12 November 2010 - Employment information website for the Australian resource sector, The Resource Channel, received the national award for the ‘Best Blog Website’ at The Australian Web Awards in Perth on 6 November 2010.

The awards are designed to showcase and recognise outstanding website design, functionality and content. The Resource Channel Director, Jody Elliott said the win provides national recognition for the West Australian-based business which offers a simple, centralised, go-to point for those seeking employment-related information.

“The Resource Channel presents an exclusive platform for employers, associations, agencies and training providers to brand, communicate with, and engage the job market. We increase the value to recruiters and job seekers by providing information that is not always readily accessible elsewhere,” said Ms Elliott.

Ms Elliott was thrilled with winning the Blog Category and all that it represents.

“It specifically recognises the quality and contribution of content for public consumption,” she said. “The main judging criteria were based on how well the content aligns with the overall purpose of the site.”

The Resource Channel worked in collaboration with DogHouse Media, led by Simon Shackleton, to design and develop the website.

“The award represents web industry recognition for the use of cutting-edge web technology, and highlights our commitment to bring further technology solutions to the resource sector,” said Mr Shackleton. “We are proud of the win and look forward to repeating our success in 2011.”

With the anticipated significant demand for skills and labour over the next decade, The Resource Channel aims to meet industry and job seeker needs by providing valuable employment-related information easily and in real-time. 

"Because our team works in the industry, and always has, we can debunk many of the myths associated with careers in the industry. We receive regular feedback from entry-level and experienced employees who feel the need for greater transparency and information from organisations. The website provides a simple, centralised and industry-specific podium to achieve this,” Ms Elliott said.

For further information please contact:

Jody Elliott, The Resource Channel

Phone: 0419 168 250

Email: jody@theresourcechannel.com.au

Media Release from CanTeen

CanTeen has released the following media release about their win at the Australian Web Awards. 

CanTeen wins national website award

Australia, 15 November 2010 – CanTeen has taken a top gong at the 2010 Australian Web Awards for its Now What website designed to inform, connect and support young people dealing with cancer.

CanTeen, the Australian organisation supporting young people living with cancer, was the national winner in the Not-for-Profit category and was selected from more than 300 entries. The Awards, held on 6 November 2010 in Perth, are run by the Australian Web Industry Association and recognise best web practices. Key criteria for the Not-for-Profit category included user experience, development, design, content, functionality, credibility and accessibility.

The Now What website (www.nowwhat.org.au) is a unique online support service for 12 to 24 year olds who have cancer, have a family member with cancer, or a family member who has died from cancer.

It aims to provide a supportive and informative online community where young people living with cancer can learn about different cancer types and ways to cope with their experience. They can read stories on other young people in similar situations and connect with peers in online forums so they don’t feel alone on their cancer journey.

Now Whatwas created in response to research conducted by CanTeen that identified a gap in the needs of young people in getting access to relevant information. Research shows such access is crucial in helping young people cope better mentally and emotionally with their cancer experience.

The Now What site was tailored to meet the three key needs of young people impacted by cancer: age-appropriate information, a place to express and cope with their feelings, and a space to connect with others who understand what they’re going through.

Ali, 19, states: "Mum, cancer, died. Three crazy words a young girl never wants to hear. The Now What website is so valuable because it’s a safe place for me to share my feelings, and

the information is trustworthy and reliable. I really like the forums and blogs because they allow me to interact and swap stories with other young people in similar situations.

The best thing about Now What is the feedback and information from respected experts and other people my age going through the same thing.”

Andrew Young, CEO of CanTeen, said there was no other website in the country that provided the level of information and support found on Now What.

Now What was developed by young people, for young people, with input from respected experts in cancer treatment and mental health care. The site is an easy to understand, interactive, comprehensive and compassionate guide that can be easily accessed online at no cost,” he said.

“The Award win is another indication that Now What is on track to meeting its full potential as a valuable online support service for young Australians affected by cancer.”

Now What is also a helpful site for health professionals who can order resources for young people with cancer in their care and gain valuable insights into 12-24 year olds going through a cancer experience.

How Good is your website?

The Australian Web Awards was held on Saturday night to celebrate the success of the best of the best: the most creative, the most innovative, the best designed and most functional web sites created and launched in the 2009/2010 financial year from all round Australia.

Gary Barber, the awards ‘judge and jury’ and owner of radharc said “This year marked an increased level of web standards and best practice compliance for the award entrants.

It was noted by several of the specialist web accessibility judges that the level of consideration for designing web sites for the wider audience of people with disabilities is now starting to be considered.

With the high calibre of web sites from the Eastern seaboard entering the competition this year there has been a remarkable increase in standards of the overall ease of use of the web sites entered.”

This has to be one of the best marketing strategies around for any business, that the website you paid for and nurtured so dearly this year was nominated and selected as a finalist or even a winner and then proliferated across the web! Was your business in this list?

With a 300% increase in the number of nominations from the East Coast in only its second year of being national, the social media word is spreading fast about the standards and achievements of some very cool websites around the country.

This year the Most Outstanding Award was won by; Gee Multimedia in Melbourne for The Coffee Company, www.coffeecompany.com.au

Contribution to the Industry Awardwas somewhat of a surprise to the winner, Russ Weakley, Melbourne, for his positive participation in various groups and the educational aspects he promotes.

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Next Stop: Perth

Well another event went well. All the Finalists and winners at the Brisbane event were fed & watered at the Urban Brisbane Hotel. The view was also glorious as the sun set over the event. Now it is just over 7 days to go until the Gala Dinner in Perth on  6th November, 2010. Check out the winners from the Brisbane event. I hope that all had a good night. 

The finalists for the WA and West Coast regions are now online. Take some time to look at the list of excellent sites from Western Australia that have made it to their regional finals. WA and West Coast regional winners are announced on 6th November, 2010 during the first half of our Gala event.

We expect to see some eastern states regional winners and National finalists in Perth as well. A comprehensive list is now available on the Finalist & Winners page. All the National Winners will be revealed in the second half of our Gala event.

If you have not bought your ticket, do be quick as it is looking to be a sellout with limited seats left. Check out the Perth Event for registration details.

Brisbane Web Awards Finalists

Judging is hard, even harder with the judges for the Australian Web Awards as they are very picky, they spend countless hours validating, nitpicking and collating the results.  In some way we are glad the judging is over.

 So it's with some excitement that we can announce  that our Brisbane Australian Web Awards event only a  short 2 weeks away.

So now we can now reveal to you who the finalists are for the following categories:

  • Enterprise - QLD, VIC, SA  Region
  • For the People - QLD, VIC, SA  Region
  • Not for Profit - QLD, VIC, SA  Region
  • Arts and Events - East Coast Region
  • Education - East Coast Region
  • Online Retail - East Coast Region

These finalists have already achieved a great deal in just getting to this stage of the judging process.  Only the sites with a reasonable level of validation, and that satisfied our hard nosed judges got to this stage.  

The finalists are  nominated for their respective regional category award, which will be announced in Brisbane.

Now if you want to find who wins and get a gander at the good oil, before the rest of world, you are going to have to be at the presentations aren't you.  

Sydney Web Award Finalists

After hundreds of hours validating, judging and collating of the results and with our Sydney Australian Web Awards event only a week away we can now reveal to you who the finalists are for the following categories:

  • Enterprise - NSW, ACT, NT, Tas Region
  • For the People - NSW, ACT, NT, Tas Region
  • Not for Profit - NSW, ACT, NT, Tas Region
  • Virtual Business - East Coast Region
  • Innovation - East Coast Region
  • Government - East Coast Region

These finalists have achieved a great deal in just getting to this stage of the judging process.  Only the sites with a reasonable level of validation, and that satisfied our hard nosed judges got to this stage.  

A sample of some of the comments from our judges about these finalists:

"Clean, intuitive, inspires confidence."
"Maximizing on the concept of convergence and conversion is great."

The finalists are  nominated for their respective regional category award, which will be announced in Sydney.

Now if you want to find who wins and get the low down before the rest of world, you are going to have to be at the presentations aren't you.

The other regional finalists will also be announced shortly.

Judging concludes, the Presentations Begin

Finally the judging is all over for the Australian Web Awards.  The independent judges made up local and international web industry practitioners have come to a consensus as to the best web sites for each category and region across Australia.

Now we know you want to know who has won what, or the very least who the finalists are? 

Well we’re not going to tell you who the winners are just yet…

But we are going to let you know who the finalists are for each region over the ensuing weeks.

We’re leaving the winners to three amazing events we are running around the country over the next 6 weeks.

Sydney - Monday 11th October, 6:30pm

This event is part of the Australian Web Week, and is a free event with the usual nibbles, a cash bar, and the like available. 

We will be announcing the regional category winners for NSW, ACT, NT and Tas.  So come join us to revel in the achievements of your region or just a social catchup at the start of a great web week.

Please pop over and register if you are coming, as we need to know numbers.

Brisbane - Tuesday 26 October, 6:30pm

In Brisbane we are stepping it up again, this time we are bring in two speakers Oliver Weidlich (Mobile Experience) and Chris Mills (Opera) to speak on “The Pleasure and Pain of Taking Hold.....of your Mobile”.  We’ll also be presenting the region category winners for QLD, VIC and SA.

This is an idea opportunity to see two outstanding speakers and celebrate the best of best for your region.   This is a ticketed event to cover costs, a mere $20, so hop to it and register.

Perth - Saturday 6th November, 7pm

Finally the national and WA regional awards will be presented in a spectacular gala awards dinner in Perh, with entertainment and 3 course dinner making this a night to be remembered.   

When was the last time you got to geek out and go all-formal and have a great time.   Well this is it!    This is a ticketed event well worth attending, so go on reserve your table today.

Entries Closed, so the Judging Begins

Entries for the 2010 Australian Web Awards closed at 23:59 WST last night.

Chairperson Helen Burgess and Judging co-ordinator Gary Barber,  now has the unenviable task of sorting through the entries and checking them against the entry criteria, then beginning the mammoth validation task - all this before the judging process can begin.

Award Annoucements

The results of the regional finalists for NSW, ACT, NT and Tas will be annoucned at a event in Sydney at Web Week in October 2010. Where as the regional finalists for QLD, VIC and SA will be annouced in Brisbane in mid October 2010.  The finalists for WA and the overall national category winners will be announced in Perth at gala event on 6th Novemebr 2010.

A big thank you to everyone who entered - this is going to be a very interesting competition as there are entries from all the states and territories in Australia across the categories!

10 Common Errors from Last Year

The Australian Web Awards are closing fast, with only a few days to go.

Getting your entry ready for the Australian Web Awards can be a little frantic. You may even think it's just too hard. Well in general your HTML code is usually semantic and validates. It's the CSS that more often that not has those 50 plus tricky errors and warnings. Mind you if you have a good look at these errors closely, most can be easily fixed and are just issues that have sneaked into your code.

Last year we took note of some of the more common careless errors that caused sites to be eliminated from the competition, here is a summary:

1. Color me Hash

This was the number one issue, when you are defining a colour as a hexadecimal notation, ensure you have the # (hash) symbol before the numbers.  For example, color: 232323; is incorrect, it should be color: #232323;.

2. Size Properties

Lots of sites defined size attributes, in the CSS, as being width: 20; when in fact a unit of measure is required, so it should be width: 20px; or width: 5em; or  width: 25% or width: auto;.  The choice is yours just make sure you use one of em, ex, px, mm, cm, in, pt, pc or % .

3. Identification is Important

This was another very common issue, identifiers in the HTML like for example id = "somesuchthing" need to be unique, otherwise they just can't identify specifically an element on a page. So remember no duplicate IDs. .

4. Negatives as length values are a No, No

This issue occurred so many times, it wasn't funny. Negative lengths are just not on.  Setting the width: -1;  that's right no unit of measure just -1.  When a negative is being used as a value for length it's illegal. So no negative widths and heights, but zero is fine.   Remember we are not talking about positioning.

5. Doc Types

You may think it funny, but a few sites failed because they had no doc type or the doc type given didn't match the code that was within the page.  Simple mistake in the HTML, but it can be very costly.

6. End of the Line

This warning was very common, too common in fact. You need to close a property in CSS with a semi-colon.  The number of times it was missed was amazing.

7. Using the URL

This was another sad error that makes you wince, there were cases where the wrong URI syntax is used. For example code was presented as background-image: url(href="http://domainname.com/image/.big.gif");  when it really ideally should be background-image: url(../image/.big.gif);.

8. It's not Equals

The value of a property is not defined by an equals sign, but a colon. For example padding-top=10px; is wrong.  While padding-top: 10px; is correct.

9. Cells and Padding

Again another simple mistake, there are no properties for tables or cells called cell-padding and cell-spacing in CSS.

10. Delimiters

Can you see the pattern here. You will with this one. Using shorthand notation is fine, just get it right. There was a lot of misuse of delimiters such as padding: 1em, 2em, 2.5em, 0; yes it is wrong, there is no comma as a delimiter it should be padding: 1em 2em 2.5em 0;  On the other hand take font-family: Helvetica; Arial; sans-serif; it's completely wrong as is font-family: Helvetica Arial sans-serif; it should be font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; Just ensure you use the right delimiters.

There you have it a simple list of common errors from last year, we don't want to see them this year, understand. smile

Sonja Bernhardt on what she’s expecting to see

Sonja BernhardtThis time Gary Barber sits down with judge  Sonja Bernhardt, a veteran of the IT industry with almost an addiction for judging. They chat about judging the Australian Web Awards, innovation and what is that magic award winning factor.

Web Awards: You have had a good deal of experience in the judging arena.  What do you think the winning factor is?

Sonja: A site that draws out a reaction from me - a site that makes me want to look further into it, draws me to play, click, search.  

A few years ago one entrant that instantly drew a reaction from me (and took me by surprise) was food related and I wanted to physically 'lick' the site as the colours and words used were very appealing - may sound weird I know BUT that may help explain the reaction.  Another classic example for me is if I find I start wanting to buy things from the site that is a strong indicator of magic at work!

So in summary a site that goes beyond stating fact and info to one that visually and emotionally draws me in.

 

Web Awards: There have been a lot of new technology released in the last year.  This will bring with it new innovations.  Are you expecting to see a flow on effect with this years entrants?

Sonja: I'm still waiting for the day when a hologram appears from the site and steps me through what I need,  but putting that aside... 

I guess with the advent of iPad that rules out a lot of flash animated sites.  

In the end regardless of the technology used be it animated 3D talking assistance, social media tools, enhanced graphics etc.  as long as the site engages the user and relates a clear consistent message it achieves it's purpose:-)

 

Web Awards: User experience is a very big deal these days, what elements of a web site can spoilt this experience for you?

Sonja: If it takes me longer than a few second to workout how to navigate that really turns me off.  If I do not grasp almost instantly what the site is about I loose rapid interest.  In todays world we are hit with a lot of visual and audio imagery - so a site that neatly and clearly sorts through that delivering a message with clarity is tops in my books (oops or should I say in my iPad):-)

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