Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Google SEO Guide

Check out the new Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide from Google. Using a baseball card website as an example, the guide clearly demonstrates techniques that web developers and web designers can build into a site. Seach Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques for mobile sites are also provided.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Internationalized Domain Names Have Arrived

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are domain names represented by non-Latin (think of characters not in the standard alphabet) local language characters such as Arabic or Chinese. Such domain names could contain letters or characters from non-ASCII scripts (for example, Arabic or Chinese). The first three production non-Latin top-level domains were placed in the DNS root zone on May 5, 2010. Check out this video that explains the purpose of IDNs:




Visit the ICANN Blog for more information on IDNs.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Growing Importance of Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn ... the list can go on and on. Social media seems intertwined with our daily lives. Check out Erik Qualman's slick video that answers the question, "Is Social Media a Fad?"
The statistics to support the statements in the video are available at Socialnomics.net.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

HTML5 Online Conference

If you've been looking for a quick way to get up-to-speed on HTML5, check out ThinkVitamin's HTML5 Online Conference on April 12, 2010. It's four hours of online presentations from some leading edge web developers:

  • An Introduction to HTML5
  • HTML5 Canvas, Video & Forms
  • HTML5 Web Sockets, Web Workers, and Geolocation Unleasehed
  • HTML5 Storage APIs

Purchase HTML5 Conference Ticket Here

Thursday, March 25, 2010

CS5 Launch Announced by Adobe

It's here — the new version of Adobe's Creative Suite, CS5. Adobe will launch Creative Suite 5 during a webinar on April 12, 2010.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Google Moving Forward on YouTube Accessibility

Google recently announced that their pilot auto-captioning project will be expanded to include all English language videos on YouTube. Not only is this a huge step in increasing the accessibility of YouTube content, auto-captions are also useful in searching for video content. Although speech-to-text technology is not perfect, the owner of the video has the option to download the auto-generated captions and improve them. The service will expand to include more languages in the future. More information on the announcement. More information on YouTube captioning.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Interview Posted at WebProfessionals.org

Wondering if web development/design may be right for you? For a brief overview of the web development programs at Harper College and a description of the career, check out my interview at WebProfessionals.org.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Universal Design for the Web

The Center for Universal Design defines universal design as "the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." See http://terrymorris.net/universaldesign for a video overview of universal design for the web.

Awareness of universal design by web developers has been steadily increasing. Web accessibility — often left until the last moment — has garnered increased attention and is now more typically integrated into the design and coding process. Accessible web sites, with alt text for images, heading tags used in an organized manner, text navigation links, and captions or transcriptions for multimedia are more easily used not only by visitors with disabilities but also by visitors using a mobile browser. An accessible web site may also help with search engine optimization.

Here are some resourcs to jumpstart your accessible design skillset:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple Announces "iPad"

The long awaited tablet device from Apple was announced today. The iPad, a touchscreen tablet computer that access the Web via WiFi and the AT&T network. More about the iPad.

Monday, January 25, 2010

CSS3 RGBA Color

Looking for ways to use transparency and color? Check out RGBa color, part of the CSS3 working draft, to configure both color and alpha (tranparency) with CSS. All major browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer (are you listening, Microsoft?) support RGBA color. 24ways.com offers a brief overview of RGBA Color.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A List Apart Survey

A List Apart is conducting their annual survey of web professionals. Check out http://alistapart.com/articles/survey2009 to take the survey. You might also be interested in the analysis of the 2008 survey results.