The site was completely rebuilt, with web standards in mind, using a CSS-based layout on top of clean markup. Aside from a few known rendering issues, the site looks excellent and the home page validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. More details are provided in a brief explanation linked from the index page.
It’s an exciting time. Even large companies are now beginning to see the benefits of building sites a better way and internal web teams are learning the advantages of designing pages that load fast, are more accessible, and easier to maintain. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more and more of these relaunches announced. It’s a great thing.
More about the redesign with some notes from France’s personal site.