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New look for Australian Radio Online

Now it’s even easier to tune in to 200+ Aussie radio stations!

Today sees the launch of the my ‘new look’ Australian Radio Online website. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here!

Australian Radio Online is a unique website that provides a one-stop point for people who want to listen to Aussie radio stations over the net. The portal was started in 2001, and has grown to be the most popular part of my website. Every day, thousands of people pay a visit, so it gives me great satisfaction to provide a service that people will appreciate.

Aside from a sleeker presentation, the new-look website has some exciting features including a new jQuery-dependent dynamic table system that allows visitors to sort radio stations on any criterion they desire. In addition, new interactive features such as a Twitter feed have been incorporated.

On a technical level, the new design represents two small milestones for me.

Firstly, Australian Radio Online is the first of my websites to abandon table-based design in favour of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Website designs based on CCS are quicker to load, easier to adjust and the CSS system provides a lot more design flexibility and consistency. I have been using CSS as a support for tables-based designs for years, but have never built an entire website with CSS-based design before. Building  a site from scratch using CSS has been very hard work, but I have learned a great deal and am confident that I can use those skills for updating other parts of my website as the need arises.

The second milestone is that the entire website is 100% compliant with the XHTML 1.0 Transitional web standard. Standards compliance ensures that websites will render correctly in as many browsers and under as many operating systems as possible. Standards compliance also ensures that visually impaired website visitors who use screen readers will be able to enjoy the website as much as everyone else.

You can access the refurbished Australian Radio Online website at If you like the website, why not subscribe to it on Twitter @AustraliaRadio.



4 responses to “New look for Australian Radio Online”

On 5 September 2010, Andrew wrote: Hyperlink chain icon

I have not come across it, but it appears to be a great website. Simple and easy to find is all I ask for. The background things are a bonus. Btw, is that flock wallpaper you are using on your blog?

On 5 September 2010, Adam Dimech wrote: Hyperlink chain icon

Simple and easy is what I was aiming for.

I just looked up “flock wallpaper”, and I am still not entirely clear about what it is. Since many similar designs came up, I assume it must be?

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