[url removed, login to view] Web-site renewal
The web-site of the International Council of the Secular Franciscan Order ([url removed, login to view]) needs to be renewed in its outlook and presentation, while basically retaining all of its present contents. The present web-site is rather static and austere in its outlook.
The goal is to obtain an attractive web-site, modern and appealing in its outlook, reflecting a spiritual vision of lay-people living in the world, in ways inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. We are looking for good graphical design, not only for the main pages, but also for the content pages, consisting of articles, acts of international meetings, official documents, minutes, indexes and other reference material. The re-designed pages should also facilitate interaction among its visitors and between visitors and administrators of the site.
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The process of updating contents, adding, linking and indexing of pages on the site should be automated as much as possible, limiting manual intervention to utmost.
With these goals in mind, we ask you to bid for the following:
-- Re-design of the four (4) main home-pages, one for each of the four languages used on the site, in such a way that both graphics and contents can more easily be changed or replaced in the future.
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-- Four dynamic web-pages, one for each language, offering a guest-book and a notice-board for posting of news or announcements by authorized persons.
-- Four pages, one for each language, to add and link new pages to the web-site according to a standard format provided on the web-site by simple copy and paste operations. These pages will also offer the choice to upload and link files of different formats (pdf, doc) and pictures to the web-site.
-- One graphic lay-out for each of the following type of pages: 1. Analytical Index; 2. Guest-books; 3. General texts; 4. Albums/Indexes of images, 5. National Fraternity Addresses.
For the present lay-out you can click on relevant links on page [url removed, login to view]
-- The above-mentioned pages will be constructed using exclusively open source or public domain software, to avoid any possible licensing problems and limitations imposed by proprietary software.
-- The pages will be designed according to international standards (xhtml 1.0 transitional and css) and validated through the tools present on the web-site of the World Wide Web Consortium ([url removed, login to view]) and/or the Web Design Group ([url removed, login to view]), to make sure that they are accessible to all users worldwide.
-- The programming languages used for any dynamic page or script will be PHP (version 4.3.8 or lower) and/or cgi/Perl (version [url removed, login to view] or lower).
-- The graphic interface of the pages will be designed using Cascading Style Sheets, separating form from content, thus excluding any use of tables for formatting purposes. The css code should operate across browsers and use as much CSS1 as possible. CSS2 should be limited to widely-supported elements only. Different browsers display differently, even completely valid CSS at times, and we do not expect you to come up with pixel-perfect code across every platform. The design should work in at least IE5+/Win, IE5+/Mac, Firefox, Mozilla and Konqueror.
-- Before deciding on the final lay-out, you will be asked to provide three different proposals, to be viewed with Firefox/Mozilla.
-- Wording and translation of any text to be included on the pages is Buyer's responsibility.
-- Deliverables must be installed by the Seller in ready-to-run condition in the Buyer's environment.
-- All deliverables will be considered “work made for hire” under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. Please keep in mind that the web-site at present authorizes any person to use and reproduce freely any material (text and images) it contains. The whole web-site in the near future will be placed under the GNU General Public License as defined on the its relevant web-page ([url removed, login to view]).