The Chips are UP for web designer NuBlue

April 23, 2006
April 23, 2006 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Lancaster-based website design company,, have been short listed for the North’s largest digital media awards, formed just last year by brothers Thomas and Michael Ashworth, is celebrating this week. The company has been short listed for the ‘Big Chip Accessibility and Web Standards Award’ in recognition of their achievements in providing standards-compliant web solutions for business.

‘Big Chip’ is the largest digital media awards ceremony outside of London and is supported by major sponsors, such as Microsoft and Cisco Systems. NuBlue’s own website, which adheres to the strictest web standards specifications, has been nominated. The award criteria included… “Entrants in this category should seek to demonstrate how their technical competence in modern web development techniques has enabled them to broaden audiences for clients, improve website accessibility and show visual flair whilst maintaining compliance with web standards.”

The first UK members of the international web standards group (WSG), NuBlue specialises in opening up customers’ websites to the largest possible online audience. These standards are the first ‘trading standards’ for web designers and developers across the world but, even now, there are still only 4 UK members.

Director of NuBlue, Michael Ashworth, comments “We are thrilled that NuBlue is being recognised for creating websites which are available to everyone. Some designers choose not to implement web standards, as it is difficult, using most software editors and hand coding is time consuming. All NuBlue websites are hand coded, which ensures our customers have access to the largest possible audience for their products or services.”

“We have already received a number of awards for our design work, but are pleased our commitment to web standards is also being recognised.”

Michael and Thomas are now crossing their fingers that they come away winners from the Awards, which take place on the 24th May at New Century Hall in Manchester.

NUBlue are based in the impressive InfoLab21 building at Lancaster University; a leading international centre for internet and web technologies. The company provides website design and development services to businesses across the UK and specialises in ensuring that customers’ products can be viewed by everyone with internet access.

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