OS X & Linux Consulting

— with W3C, Oasis, ASF & FOSS Standards

Most of the Internet is still developing sites with a fixed and/or static approach to presentation. Performance and scale in design often determines the decision behind this choice. However, both a dynamic and static site can conjoin to provide a corporate web site that meets the needs of both the corporation and its clientèle. Whether one decides to purchase a packaged solution or have one designed around their needs and scale to meet future needs depends on the client. At ReAnimality we build custom solutions with current, open standards to meet our clients needs. We develop sites using an iterative, rapid prototyping approach to reduce your time-to-market and work to make sure each stage of development — from a static to compiled option — maximizes your return on investment. The following is a set of criteria every designer leverages.

Web Site Development Cycle
 — static case
  • Iterative Brainstorming
    1. Determine vision
    2. Produce possible requirements from vision
    3. Iterate and evolve vision by refining design requirements
  • Take design requirements into template architecture
  • Generate generic skeletal structure to determine basic block-level requirements
    1. Block Level Views
    2. Iterate several inner block level designs around basic content view
    3. Iterate and refine the skeletal view as it more closely matches vision
    4. Apply iterative view on inner block level designs

Technical Writing

— with TeX/LaTeX 3, Scribus, Pages, InDesign,
DVI, Postscript & PDF

This is an area of business development most often overlooked and the first area requested. It is also an area least taught to consultants. With powerful tools available from the Open Source Community any consultant can soon discover their work will improve immensely with the ability to articulate the clients requirements. Reanimality makes it a requirement that all documentation for any project must be produced in a well-published format. The chosen format is the portable document format (pdf). HTML compliant documentation is available as well and since an area of business is to provide technical writing services the following are a few examples of projects currently being published, as a means of giving back to the Open Source Community for providing the tools.

Typesetting Classic works of Literature
 — Arabian Nights
  • Project Selection
    1. Research Project Gutenberg
    2. Pick your literary work (Our case 16 Volumes of the late Sir Richard Francis Burton's seminal work)
    3. Cross-research available information on the work
  • Determine the typsetting environment macros
  • Design your layout
    1. Reference various printed works for creative inspiration
    2. Determine the capabilities of macros to meet your needs
    3. Pick your layout and refine it
    4. Determine your typefaces
  • Decide on Type Faces
    1. Choose your types of fonts (Type 1, TrueType, OpenType, Metafonts)
    2. Verify TeX support for your choices (often grueling and time consuming
    3. Test your layout with minimal content until the typefaces meet your requirements
  • Pick your TeX/LaTeX Editor
    1. OS X & Linux have various editors
    2. Kile and LyX are both cross platform
    3. LyX native in Linux and OS X
    4. Kile needs X-Windows to run on OS X