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March 1, 2007

Online American States Puzzle

Filed under: accessibility,Education — wholeshebang @ 1:56 am

Thanks to Mark, here is a link to a Map Challenge, an online puzzle where you drag the “pieces” (states) to their proper location on the map. Good fun!

My stats:

Score: 88%
Average Error: 49 miles
Time: 472 seconds

Also, it’s a great example of the appropriate use of Flash, and Flash that is optimized.

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February 28, 2007

Language, Charset, and Internationalized Websites

Filed under: accessibility,Web Programming,Website Design/CSS — wholeshebang @ 11:18 pm

Internationalization Issues

International Sites: Minimum Requirements” is a beginning but essential introduction to the issues you must address when designing a website that attracts international viewers.

<FONT FACE> considered harmful” is the classic article about what can go wrong when you do not design websites with accessibility and usability in mind. This article is must reading for everyone, not just those who have international readers. Some basic technical explanation is included in the various scenarios. Frankly, I’m of the opinion that browsers shouldn’t be backwards-compatible with the <FONT> tag at all and should totally ignore it. As long as browsers interpret it, the ignorant and just uncaring will continue to use it! (more…)

What computer skills should schools teach?

Filed under: accessibility,Education,Software — wholeshebang @ 10:49 am

Life-Long Computer Skills” is an excellent article and jumping-off point for what should be an in-depth public discussion in every community and in state and local governments.

The 8 skill-areas mentioned are excellent choices, though there are a few important omissions. To that list, I would add the following: (more…)

Bite the bullet — to bullet, or not?

Filed under: accessibility,Blogging,Tutorials,Website Design/CSS — wholeshebang @ 6:06 am

Besides being a great article about one area of writing style, “To bullet, or not” also highlights important aspects of web-design in particular: thinking about the semantics (meaning) of content before you mark it up with code, thinking about making your pages easy-to-read, etc.

Must reading!

“Semantic” vs. “Visual” Markup

Filed under: accessibility,Website Design/CSS — wholeshebang @ 5:21 am

Here is an article I found explaining the difference between “semantic” and “visual” markup. It maybe isn’t the clearest thing in the world to those who don’t write any kind of webpages at all…for such an audience it would be better off to start with the pros and cons of the two approaches, then to follow with concrete examples of the effects of each on portability and accessibility.

Why, you ask, would one care how clear the article would be to non-coders? Why, because people brand-new to coding webpages (or contemplating it) are the most important audience, of course!

Still, worth reading.

Values for “media” attribute of “style” or “link” tags

Filed under: accessibility,Computing,Website Design/CSS — wholeshebang @ 2:54 am

I came across this list I saved to my computer a while ago, and though I haven’t updated my websites (or this blog) with it yet, I thought it would be useful. If the mention of “OperaShow” is obscure to you, it’s obscure to me, too. (I’m guessing it’s a plugin for Opera because that’s the only thing that makes sense.)

Stylesheets Overview

For website-design newbies, the tags we are referring to allow you to use CSS to style an entire page or website (instead of using deprecated, even non-standard, tags that only affect one element and are often not compatible with assistive technology for the disabled). (more…)

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