Web Development receives prestigious award

October 31, 2003

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2003_10_31.jpgPLATTEVILLE - Giving a presentation on the benefits of web standards not only increases awareness, but it has also earned two members of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Web Development Department a $1,000 first-place award and individual plaques from the eighth annual WebdevShare conference.

Dan Frommelt, university web coordinator, and Sean Sieg, lead web developer, attended the international conference Oct. 5-8 at the Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. and received the award.

Over 260 schools from across the United States and overseas were in attendance to represent their campuses at the WebdevShare conference. Of those 260 schools, 32 provided presentations during the first two days of the conference. Following these presentations, one school was chosen from each of the four tracks as the best presentation.

The presentations focused on web development and were divided into four tracks consisting of topics based on strategies, technical track and code, technical content and application.

Frommelt and Sieg's presentation, titled "CSS Benefits of Web Standards", was chosen as the best from the first track through a series of evaluations, and they were asked to compete against the other three track winners on the third day of the conference. Following the final presentations, UWP's representatives received the award for first place.

The "CSS Benefits of Web Standards" presentation focused on developing web pages that are coded to follow the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This type of code allows web pages to be developed and updated more quickly, while easing the web page conversion to fit all types of media such as cell phones, palm pilots and different compositions of computers.

This year's WebdevShare conference was the first one attended by Frommelt and Sieg. Following their winning presentation, each was asked by several universities for additional information regarding their topic.

This was the final conference hosted by WebdevShare, following their merger with CUMREC. The conference focused on higher education administrative technology. Frommelt will be traveling to the University of Texas at Austin, in May to deliver their presentation again at the CUMREC conference.

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