Sunday, May 15, 2016

New Blisk Browser

There is a new browser on the block and its name is Blisk! The Blisk browser was created specifically for developers and can be configured to emulate multiple devices, auto-refresh page rendering as files are edited, and synchronize scrolling between desktop rendering and device emulation. Future featured include screenshots, video captures, analytics, and more. Blisk is available as a free download for Windows at https://blisk.io. Mac and Linux versions are in the works.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Choose Accessible Colors Palettes with Color Safe

Try out the Color Safe web app for help with choosing background and text colors with enough contrast to meet WCAG 2.0 requirements.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

8th Edition of Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML5 is Now Available!

It's exciting to announce that my new book, the 8th edition of Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML5, is now available at Amazon!

The popular Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML5 textbook provides a foundation in the skills and concepts that web designers need:

  • Internet and Web concepts overview
  • Create web pages with HTML5
  • Configure color and text with CSS
  • Configure page layout with CSS
  • Configure images and multimedia
  • Explore new CSS3 properties
  • Apply Web Design Best Practices
  • Design accessible and usable web pages
  • Design for search engine optimization
  • Choose a domain name
  • Publish to the Web
  • E-Commerce Introduction
  • Javascript Overview
  • jQuery Overview

The 8th edition continues to integrate HTML and CSS topics such as text configuration, color configuration, and page layout with an enhanced focus on the topics of design, accessibility, and Web standards. Updates for the 8th edition include:

  • Updated coverage of HTML5 elements and attributes
  • Expanded coverage of responsive web design techniques and CSS media queries
  • Expanded coverage of responsive image techniques including the new HTML5 picture element
  • Introduction of CSS coding techniques for dynamic menus
  • Updated reference sections for HTML5 and CSS
  • Additional Hands-On Practice exercises
  • A new Case Study
  • Updated code samples and web resources

Comprehensive instructor materials are available for the the book from the publisher, Pearson Addison-Wesley. Instructors and faculty can access free downloads of:

  • sample syllabi
  • exercise solutions
  • case study solutions
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • sample test questions
  • website project activity with milestone assignments
  • a group website design evaluation activity
  • a group WebQuest activity