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Work Update

July 21st, 2007 by Sean

Well, I’m heading into the home stretch – this is the beginning of my last week in Kathmandu.  I’ll be heading home this coming Saturday, the 28th, which means I have 1 working week left before I head home.

Things have been very good in terms of my work.  I completed a draft of my report last week and it should be wrapped for submission in the next day or two.  It provides a needs assessment and a technical assessment of the FTG Nepal website, including some recommendations for moving forward.  I’ve provided a lot of technical specification in the report, to provide some detailed documentation on the site and to provide a useful resource if they have another external person work on the website.

Because the FTG Nepal site was developed with Dreamweaver templates, using Contribute is a natural fit – providing a simple, visual tool to manage website content.  I got Contribute working and will be documenting my work around that this week.  I think Contribute will be a great tool for FTG Nepal.

Sabina-ji, my counterpart at FTG Nepal, has been making excellent progress!  We’ve done quite a bit of training around web development fundmentals and we’re making good time.  She has been reading Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards, and we’ve already finished Contribute training.  In fact Sabina has updated content on a couple of pages already!  When I arrived, there were not reports posted yet, and the links page didn’t have descriptions.  This is a great step forward as previously FTG Nepal was submitting changes to their support company which is scheduled to make updates once every two months.

Sabina has even started work on learning to code HTML and working with stylesheets!  This week we’ll continue this work and start some Dreamweaver training as well.  I think it is important to understand HTML fundamentals before moving to a tool the Dreamweaver which does much of the work for you.  In my experience, knowing what’s going on “under the hood” will, in the end, save a web developer time and grief as opposed to completely relying on a great tool like Dreamweaver that makes our life easier, but still makes mistakes sometimes.

Namaste from Kathmandu!

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