As we began the process of creating the site, we tried to keep the
following things in mind:
- The data should be as comprehensive as
possible. If the site is going to be unique, it should contain as
much data as possible.
- The site should be well-organized. Have you
ever visited a web site hoping to find what you thought was a simple piece
of information and wasted a lot of time trying to locate it? We hope that
never happens to you here.
- The site should be fast. Most of the pages
are static, so you don't have to wait for information to be pulled from a
database before viewing a page.
- Links, links, links. Visiting Carl Lewis' page may
lead to a question about the 1988 Summer
Olympics, or a question about the USA's performance at the 1996
Summer Olympics, or a question about Olympic athletes that
share a birthday with Lewis. All it takes (hopefully) is one click to
find the answer to your question.
- The HTML and CSS used to
create the site should adhere to the standards set forth by the W3C. Have you ever visited a page
that doesn't render properly in your browser? The most likely reason for
this is invalid code. I find it especially irritating when a page only
renders properly when viewed in Internet Explorer. My browser of choice is
completely free, so give it a try if you haven't done so already.
- The site should be fun. We had a good time
putting this site together (yes, we like writing code) and we hope you
have a good time when you visit. If you come here looking for the
results of men's 100 meters butterfly at the 1972 Summer Olympics,
there is a good chance you will end up on a page that has nothing to do
with your original query.
-- Justin Kubatko