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A Faster Internet

We believe in web standards, and pushing the boundaries of web technology while maintaining ease of navigation for clients. That's why every site Velociraptor Systems builds is XHTML 1.1 compliant. We seek to metaphorically and literally speed up the web; our sites will use Javascript only when we cannot accomplish the same task with CSS or server-side scripting, to enhance the end-user experience.

We also serve our newest sites as xhtml+xml to compatible browsers, rather than text/html, a fad which loses many of the benefits of XHTML, now widely supported. We rigorously test all pages to ensure there are no XML validation errors and a consistent experience across browsers. This gives end-users a speed increase, with faster XML rendering engines decreasing page load times.

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Boundaries of Web Technology

We push the boundaries of what browsers are capable of doing, providing an enhanced user experience to the users of the most advanced browsers, while gracefully falling back on older or less capable browsers. If fallback is not possible, or not desired, we use browser-specific notices for the end-user. We do this with browsers such as Internet Explorer 6, a browser completed over 17 years ago — it simply does not provide the functionality of newer browsers, and programming for it can lead to difficulties on mobile platforms, an emerging arena in web technologies.

Einstein Field Equations

This means we can use CSS3 to provide native effects like text shadows or box shadows that are much more flexible than their traditional image-based counterparts, and have the added benefit of operating at all zoom levels and DPIs. This helps us maximize web accessibility standards, and build a web accessible to everyone. Other standards gaining wide implementation include the CSS @font-face function that means your fonts can be shared with all other systems, retaining a coherent look for your website across browsers and systems.

You also will see cross-browser implementations of HTML5's <video> element, high-quality SVG displays of mathematical equations, aggressively optimized CSS and image sizes, and external RSS aggregation into your main site's content.

See it Here

You can already see some of our technologies here. Try viewing this page in both Firefox and Internet Explorer. The menu layouts are different, and our logo in non-Internet Explorer browsers are Scalable Vector Graphics. Try zooming in — you'll never see our logo pixelize. We fall back to a Flash graphic in Internet Explorer using Google's SVGWeb wrapped in our own corrections to display properly across browsers.


Never use pictures if you can use vectors

Following our philosophy of accessibility and speed, we advocate use of vectors (ie, vector graphics and text) wherever possible, in the place of images. Vector solutions are readable by the computer, and crawlable by search engines. They will never degrade, no matter how you edit them, and they are easier to change if the need comes up. They also compress better, and as technology and web host capabilities mature, they will also mean faster page loads.

We use the same technology to render LaTeX code as SVGs, so equations of all types have the same fidelity as normal text — a cut above the oddly sized, fuzzy blocks of equations you might see on Wikipedia.

You Are Not A Template

How often have you gone to websites of completely different companies only to notice their websites look almost identical? A few graphics here and there, a logo, and the colors of the buttons make a website "theirs". We believe there is more to the web than cookie-cutter templates, and that we can help you get a site that is truly your own.

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