osCommerce accessibility stinks
osCommerce default installation is a huge mess for accessibility. Every piece of code that the platform spits out has endless tables and poorly coded HTML — finding your way through the code is like trying to clear brush.
The simple solution to osCommerce accessibility is to install the Simple Template System and put together a XHTML/CSS’ed out template. That only solves one part of the problem, however, because your wonderful template is going to be wrapping around a whole slew of undesirable code.
Over a year ago, a client of mine wanted an osCommerce website. I wanted to create a masterpiece of accessibility. I tackled osCommerce head-on and re-wrote most of the code that creates the HTML. It was a nightmare, but I created a nearly validating eCommerce website with osCommerce.
The experience was so scarring that I haven’t yet written about it 🙂 Nearly every file was affected, so upgrading it would be a nightmare, but it’s truly an effort of love.
KWD presents: a nearly validating, tableless osCommerce website
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I’ve been looking for a shopping cart like this for a long time
One of my clients is looking to move from osCommerce to a more user-friendly solution, and I really want to use a shopping cart that is XHTML and standards-compliant…Something that validates and looks pretty with stylesheets off, has a full feature set, and a great admin panel.
I was quite pleasantly surprised when I discovered Tradingeye. They have a well-coded shopping cart solution as well as a CMS. Very, very interesting. Looks like a pleasure to develop for; like WordPress for eCommerce. Check out their Shopping cart demo. Continue reading “Standards-Compliant Shopping Cart with XHTML & CSS!”
Customizing under the hood
I was talking with one of my clients who is a mechanic, and he was telling me about how he used to do a lot of car customization and performance enhancing, and that he really loved it.He told me that the problem with customizing cars is that when you start tinkering around under the hood, every little change presents new problems that need fixing, and soon, the project becomes unmanageable.
I’ve done my deal of modifying code (check out this custom XHTML osCommerce installation) and let me tell you: it doesn’t pay. My clients generally don’t care about how the site is tableless, CSS/XHTML valid, et cetera. They want to know that it works properly.
WordPress is beautiful and talks sweet to me.
WordPress is my dream in that regard: it’s beautifully coded out of the box so that creating templates is a logical, simple project. They make functions such as
is_page() that allow you to simply ask “Is this the page I think it is?,” then continue to make progress. WordPress is my love. I will continue to be her
Both my mechanic client and I agreed: customizing is great fun, and very personally rewarding in the end. However, it’s a huge pain in the ass, and the rewards rarely (if ever) equal the effort.