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The SQAF Test Exercise Introduction is under This Link.
It is suggested that visit that link and you acquaint yourself with the premise of the exercise.
The Input Repository for your inputs (requirements breakdown, discussion, etc.) is located under This Link.
A solutions repository has been established at this link.
This specific topic will soon hold the 2 attachments discussed in the Exercise Introduction.
<font color="brown"> Please limit yourself to one bulleted requirement paragraph and allow other willing participants a chance. The RFP/Spec is attached in the header of this post for your download ease. If participants happen to select the same requirement as another - that will be perfectly fine. We all stand to learn from the various tacts and approaches used to breakdown requirements and force questions. There is no need to do project management here with the intent of avoiding duplication of exercise effort.</font>
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Hybrid Requirement Traceability Matrix attached in the header of this post. This will be updated periodically (once/twice per week) to reflect work culled from the main input topic located under This Link.
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With the express permission of Montpelier, the following are extracted from the RFP.
For this exercise, I recommend lifting requiremens from Section 2. Check the main input topic to see which ones have not been used yet.
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1.2 Elements of Existing Website
City Departments contact lists, web pages describing each one
A contact list of all businesses that provide services within the City limits.
A contact list of all commercial vendors that sell goods within the City limits.
City projects, current and completed
A page containing the latest notices, job and bid/rfp postings, as well as a whats new page which highlights other current & timely items.
A City events calendar, which deals with events that are primarily city-related (MS Access database, linked via Coldfusion)
A community events calendar (MS Access database, linked via Coldfusion)
- 1. Current documents section, contains ordinances, resolutions, policies, fee schedules, etc.
- 2. Presented in HTML listed page format, links to PDF documents.
- 3. Archived documents section, containing meeting minutes and agendas, from city committees.
- 4. Some HTML, some PDF. (MS Access database, linked via Coldfusion)
1.3 Drawbacks of existing site structure/layout:
Single staffer (webmaster) required for all entries & updates
Structure and page hierarchies not clear or intuitive. Labyrinthine navigation structure.
Calendar and archive pages require entry from within MSAccess platform, followed by uploading of large Database file to remote server host.
Coldfusion is the sites primary dynamic inclusion & database interface format this is server-specific and limits our ability to choose between hosting services.
All entries & updates are entered in HTML.
Navigation bars are created by hand and need constant updating as structure changes.
2.0 SCOPE OF SERVICES:
The Consultant/Web Designers responsibilities are expected to include:
2.1 Development Guidelines:
Password-protected content contribution and editing for multiple authors
Streamlined navigation for a variety of audiences,
Shared calendars with multiple contributors,
On-line dialogue and surveys to enable us to gather e-mail, areas of interest and demographic information from visitors in a format that permits the City to maintain a single database of users and email each according to their area of interest and profile,
Provide search capabilities using key words or phrasing that will identify content from throughout the site,
Project Management An assigned project manager will be made available to present information and coordinate with City of Montpeliers staff, including a reasonable number of meetings to present design and development solutions,
Once the Web site has been completed by the Consultant/Web Designer and accepted by the City of Montpelier; the Web site design and all of its contents, software and architecture become property of the City of Montpelier, Washington Co., VT.
2.2 Site Specifications: The City of Montpelier encourages creativity in the proposals submitted; however there are certain requirements for the Web site project. Your proposal must account for all of these requirements:
Ability to conduct commercial transactions using credit cards and other means of payment,
RSS feeds for headlines and updates,
Site must be compatible with HTML 4 and CSS 1.
Compatibility with mobile browsers, as long as this does not conflict with other design goals.
Web site must not require plug-ins as a default.
Meets ADA Requirements The site should be developed to meet all federally mandated access requirements adopted by the Federal Access Board under section 508 subsection 1194.22 of the Rehabilitation Act (and/or latest standards).
Site must be built in accordance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, provided by the W3C and should also be easily accessible to the novice as well as the experienced Internet user (and/or latest standards).
Fast Loading Pages The Web site must be designed with a balance of text and graphics such that each page loads in 8 seconds or less on the average computer (using 56K dialup modem).
2.3 Testing of Site: Testing of site on all applicable internet browser platforms, both OSX and MAC, to ensure Web site works as promised. Browsers should include Firefox, Safari, as well as any other Gecko or KHTML-based platform.
2.4 Delivery/Migration of Site:
Provide the City of Montpelier will all necessary server specifications for the City to choose a new client to host new site on their remote server. These server specifications will enable new website to run at optimal performance level.
Provide the City staff with technical assistance, if needed, to smoothly migrate site from current server
to new one.
2.5 Tracking: Implementation of tracking software to produce user defined site log reports. We are aware that the actual tracking software will probably be provided by the hosting service, but we also need a customized tool to help us better understand and measure Web visitor behavior and improve Web site
performance and availability.
Web traffic analysis
Page length of stay
Technical analysis: browsers and platforms
2.5 Technology & Integration Issues:
We will use much of our existing Web content.
We would like to be able to integrate the existing document archives database (MS Access) into the new site, but only for the sake of accessing the older documents it contains this will not be the format for entering new archive documents