Thursday, December 24, 2009

Technology Predictions for 2010

Wondering what's in store technology-wise for the new year? Check out Newsweek's technology predictions for 2010. The most intriguing is the long-awaited Apple tablet netbook, described as a 10-12 inch full color touch screen tablet device that can access the Web, online newspapers, and books (and may possibly run Mac OS X). And if the price really is as low as rumored (possibly as low as $600) — sign me up!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Visible Tweets

Jump into the twitterstream and explore your favorite topic on Twitter in a visual way at This could be an effective attention-getting method when introducing a new topic class or beginning a presentation.

The Social Media Count

Check out the Social Media Count for a visual look at the growth of social media.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

CSS Property Review

Announcing a new resource on the Web Development & Design Foundations textbook companion site: CSS Property Review.

Use this Ajax application to review your knowledge of CSS properties:
  • Begin typing the name of a CSS property in the text box.
  • As you type, a list of suggested CSS property names will be displayed.
  • When you type a complete CSS property name, a description of the property is shown.

Monday, June 29, 2009

OWEA - Open Web Education Alliance

The new W3C incubator group, The Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA), is expected to have a significant positive impact promoting web standards and best practices to the realm of web education. OWEA's mission of OWEA is to bring together companies, schools, and organizations involved in shaping the education of Web professionals to explore the issues around the topic of Web development education and create solutions for improvement.

Monday, May 18, 2009

WolframAlpha — Beyond Search Engines

Check out WolframAlpha ( — a computational knowlege engine.

The rather lofty goal of WolframAlpha's developers is to "make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone"! They're collecting objective data, implementing models, methods, and algorithms, with the final aim to "build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries."

A video overview is available at

Friday, April 10, 2009

Zeldman Explains "What are web standards and why are they important?

Jeffrey Zeldman, one of the founders of The Web Standards Project, discusses how the movement for web standards began, why it succeeded, his thoughts on design, accessibility, validation, and more...

My fav quote is Zeldman's take on design, ", like everything in life is about understanding what the problems are, solving those problems, and there's always trade offs."

Friday, March 27, 2009

WCAG 2.0 Resources

Check out Patrick Lauke's presentation, "What you need to know about WCAG 2.0" for an overview of how WCAG 2.0 differs from WCAG 1.0 and, well, what you need to know about WCAG 2.0. :) The ATRC Web Accessibility Checker is now available — it's an online testing tool that checks for WCAG 2.0 compliance. The tool conducts a number of automated tests and also notes areas that must be checked manually.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Microsoft Expression SuperPreview

Wouldn't you like a convenient way to test your web pages in multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same machine?  Try Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview  — beta version available for free download. This stand-alone application provides a way for you to test your pages and easily compare the rendering of the various flavors of IE — a productivity boon for web developers everywhere. Of course, we wouldn't need this tool if Microsoft could have just followed web standards to begin with!  

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Web Standards Project InterAct Curriculum Framework

WaSP Interact
The Web Standards Project (WaSP) recently announced a new web design curriculum framework, InterAct, intended to be a living curriculum to help schools, colleges and universities bridge the gap between educators and industry best practices. There is a wealth of course materials that educators can adapt or adopt as best meets their needs — including assignments, projects, exam questions, resource links, and even learning modules.

It was a great experience to work with my fellow WaSP Education Task Force members during 2008 and 2009 as the curriculum framework took shape. Web Development & Design Foundations is one of the recommended reference books for the Web Design 1 course. Also check out the Accessibility course — I spent many hours developing this course and organizing materials for it. A shout-out of thanks goes to course reviewers Glenda Sims, John F. Croston III, Virgina DeBolt, Mark DuBois, and Jon Gunderson.