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People Wise Web Solutions

Specializing in Accessible, Searchable and Usable Web Sites

At People Wise Web Solutions we believe that the internet is people; people working, people learning, people communicating, and people playing.

That is why we design and develop web solutions using international web standards making Web sites easy to find, flexible enough to expand well into the future and easy to use for all internet users instead of the typical 80% of users.

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About Us

At People Wise Web Solutions we design and develop internet solutions with your clients in mind, making sites easy to find, easy to use, and flexible enough to expand well into the future. We offer our client’s creative "needs based" solutions using web standards which provide excellent value for money.

We are a small team of educated and skilled professionals, not a large faceless corporation. We have built lasting partnerships with our clients, and our success is measured by the success of our clients.

Call 416-346-9949 today to learn more about how we can improve your clients internet experience on your website.

About Web Standards

Web Standards are guidelines for creating web sites that are internationally agreed on as the best practices. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the international governing body that oversees the development of web standards such as XHTML and CSS.

Why Use Web Standards?

Speedy Development

  • Instead of building multiple versions of a site to present perfect designs on different browsers, web standards involves one set of XHTML pages and one stylesheet, whereby saving time with less development work.
  • Web Standards forces you to error check by running a validation which shows you exactly where your errors are. Validation turns XHTML into something like a scripting language. This reduces the time developers spend on QA and gives your site consistency between browsers.
  • Faster development is a competitive and financial advantage. Shorter development times not only reduce costs, but free resources sooner, thereby increasing opportunity.

Simplify Maintenance, Increase Opportunity

  • Keeping the graphic and content design in separate files makes it much easier for you to develop and maintain your pages.
  • Separate files allow different development teams to work in parallel, which dramatically reduces the time to launch the site.

Open Up Access Options

  • By using "clean code", non-compliant browsers can skip the style and still render the XHTML, fixing past problems with mobile access and past version browser compatibility

Reduce Bandwidth Costs

  • By doing away with tables and using Web Standards code, you can reduce your code size by over 50% which results in the same reduction in bandwidth usage. This can save a large corporation thousands of dollars per month.

Improve User Experience

  • A faster, livelier site will nearly always translate to a better overall user experience. A better overall user experience will help ensure users come back to your web site. Web Standardized code gives users a shortcut to accomplishing their goals at your site.

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About Web Usability

Web Usability is defined by five quality components:

  • Learnability: How easy is it for users to accomplish basic tasks the first time they encounter the design?
  • Efficiency: Once users have learned the design, how quickly can they perform tasks?
  • Memorability: When users return to the design after a period of not using it, how easily can they reestablish proficiency?
  • Errors: How many errors do users make, how severe are these errors, and how easily can they recover from the errors?
  • Satisfaction: How pleasant is it to use the design?

Why is Usability Important?

On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival.

  • If a website is difficult to use, people leave.
  • If the homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do on the site, people leave.
  • If users get lost on a website, they leave.
  • If a website's information is hard to read or doesn't answer users' key questions, they leave.

There's no such thing as a user spending much time trying to figure out an interface. There are plenty of other websites available; leaving is the first line of defense when users encounter a difficulty.

Make the site usable and they will stay.

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About Web Accessibility

Web accessibility refers to the practice of making the Web accessible to all; it is about the removal of barriers to promote equality of opportunity and access to all who might use the Web regardless of limitations of capabilities.

More specifically, web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.

This primarily comprises of users who are:

  • blind
  • sight impaired (e.g. various common types of poor eyesight, various types of colour blindness)
  • motor impaired (e.g. Parkinson's Disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, stroke)
  • cognitively impaired (i.e. poor short-term memory [as commonly caused by senile dementia], dyslexia)
  • hearing impaired or deaf
  • non-native speakers of the website's language(s) (including users of sign languages)

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities in certain situations, such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and older people with changing abilities due to aging.


Another feature of accessible design is the ease with which pages can be identified, assimilated and interpreted by search engines – a huge plus in an incredibly competitive web marketplace.

The momentum is increasing. Accessibility – whether morally inspired, commercially incentives or legislatively enforced – is now a serious business agenda.

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