Which Web Development Programming Languages Should I Learn?

I am often asked this question by other Web developers. In fact, I regularly need to figure decide which web programming languages and technologies I need to learn next as part of my life long learning. Start with Web Browser Technologies Did you know? Even after over 20 years of mainstream web technology, web browsers only natively understand 3 things: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. That’s it, that’s all! There actually used to be a fourth, vbScript, but it was only available in Internet Explorer and Microsoft finally deprecated it as of IE11. Anything more and it is usually an add-on, plugin or … Continue reading

WCAG 2.0 – Compliant HTML Tables

Below are examples of WCAG 2.0 compliant HTML tables. Be sure not to duplicate the table Caption and Summary as both will be read by screen readers. Simple Tables (skip to Complex Table) Here is sample source code for creating a Simple HTML table. Figure 1: Sample of Table Caption table Header 1 Header 2 example cell example cell example cell example cell example cell example cell example cell example cell Sample Total Sample Total Source Code Complex Tables Here is sample source code for creating a complex HTML table. Figure 1: Sample of Table Caption table Header 1 Header 2 … Continue reading

Legal Use of Icons, Images and Trademarks

Did You Know? The use of other companies’ and institutions’ logos, icons, etc. usually require that you obtain permission first, and then the placement must often be in accordance with their rules. Anytime you find graphics on the web, check the terms of use before you use it. If you can’t find any online, contact the company. … Continue reading

Some Interesting Web Stats – As of February 2012

I compiled some interesting world stats recently and here is what I found: Most Popular Search Engines For most of the countries on our priority market list, Google is BY FAR the most popular search engine. However there are three countries that are exceptions: China: Baidu South Korea: Naver (North Korea is very Google) Taiwan: Yahoo was first last year but is now still in a fairly close second place. Source: StatsCounter Global Stats Most Popular Browsers The browser wars are on and three browsers are high in the running. Despite the fact that Safari is in fairly distant third, … Continue reading

An alternative to WCAG 2.0 Compliance in Just 15 Minutes a Day

Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses don’t always have the financial resources to revamp their whole website to implement WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards. While compliance can take a fair amount of knowledge and effort, there are things that you can do on a day-to-day basis to improve the accessibility of your website. The crazy thing is, most if it is pretty common sense. Take the 15 week accessibility challenge. Once a week, take an hour to look at your website and ask yourself how you could make your website more accessible to not only visually impaired folks but to people with physical … Continue reading

WCAG 2.0 – The 4 POUR Principles and 12 Guidelines

Over the past few years, the issue of accessibility on the web has been heating up. Companies all around the world are being sued because their website is not accessible to everyone. In 2009, the Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is the main international standards organization for the web, published the second version of their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) in order to address concerns. Today, businesses and governments around the world are moving to apply WCAG standards. For example, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ontario and U.K. are leading the way as they move towards or have achieved … Continue reading

Make PDF files compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0)

While enhancing accessibility and usability are the goals of WCAG 2.0, the overall benefits to website owners in making PDF files that meet the WCAG 2.0 web standards include: To eliminate the cost and effort of creating both PDF and HTML versions of publications; To improve usability; To make content more relevant and easier to find; To increase SEO search engine rankings; To draw more traffic to the site; and To help your search engines and your target audience increasing their awareness of your content. The Basics WCAG is a set of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to … Continue reading