First of six

Have started on my first of six projects http://vaginasblog.com which is a blog about vaginas. Something simple and easy to put up and thus far have made 10 posts. I am looking for wordpress templates that are great for this type of adult product but have not found any thus far so I will be making several wordpress templates soon in order to replace the standard template it comes with. Should be interesting to see just how hits this blog I never knew there was such demand for these products or information about them but hey it pays well. And the web site is standard compliant since it uses the wordpress template so even better. Soon I will make a qr code for the site and add alot of bling to it and show you all just how I did it.

Yahoo Go 2.0 Beta

From Yahoos website Yahoo Go 2.0 “Yahoo Go! is the first application optimized for the “small screen” of a mobile phone that truly makes it easy and fun to access the Internet. Everything about the Yahoo! Go interface is designed to be both visually stunning and give you what you want with the fewest clicks possible.

At its core is the carousel, used to navigate intuitively among the various Yahoo! Go widgets your own personal channels for email, local info & maps, news, sports, finance, entertainment, weather, Flickr™ photos and search. Simply use the carousel to scroll over to the widget you want. Since Yahoo! Go uses advanced caching and background loading technology, your widget content is automatically and continuously “pushed” to your phone, so it’s always right there when you want it. You don’t need to endure lengthy downloads or navigate loads of links to get to what you want.”

Once I saw the Beta launch I just had to give the new Yahoo service a try and after using it for a couple of days I loved so much I blogged about it becasue it is much faster in downloading information and alot easier to keep track of all my goodies online and I totaly reccomend anyone to try it out for themselves.

Web Standards and The New Professionalism

Web Standards and The New Professionalism

WITH THE AFTERMATH of the Disney UK Store redesign fiasco still ringing in our collective ears, I am coming to believe that we’re in a process of defining a new professionalism for Web developers and designers.

In an interview with Accessify’s Ian Lloyd, Accessibility: The gloves come off, my oft-colleague in the education and training of Web designers and developers, Andy Clarke, delivers a strong message that truly needs to be heard:

“Those people still delivering nested table layout, spacer gifs or ignoring accessibility can no longer call themselves web professionals.”

The heart of the issue is simple: We must know our craft! And what we don’t know, we must be willing to say we don’t know and be open to learning. As Clarke points out:

“There are now so many web sites, blogs or publications devoted to helping people learn standards and accessible techniques that there are now no excuses not to work with semantic code or CSS.”

We also have each other. Between the blogs and various sites, lists, wikis, meetups, geek dinners, and conferences there simply is no excuse to not reach out and help each other understand the difficulties, nuances, and challenges of our craft.

A great story from Molly.com worth the entire read be sure to check out her other great sotries related to web standards when you stop by.

An angry fix from Zeldman

An angry fix

Some of the best minds working in web standards have been quietly or loudly abandoning the W3C. Björn Hörmann is the latest. His reasons for leaving the W3C QA Group make compelling reading (hat tip: Terje Bless). I believe in W3C standards, particularly the ones you and I use every day, but I worry about the direction in which the W3C is headed.

Beholden to its corporate paymasters who alone can afford membership, the W3C seems increasingly detached from ordinary designers and developers. Truth be told, we and our practical concerns never drove the organization. But after ordinary designers and developers spent nearly a decade selling web standards to browser makers and developing best practices around accessibility and semantics, one hoped the W3C might realize that there was value in occasionally consulting its user base.

Alas, the organization appears unconcerned with our needs and uninterested in tapping our experience and insights. It remains a closed, a one-way system. Like old-fashioned pre-cable TV advertising. Not like the web.

To be fair, the W3C solicits community feedback before finalizing its recommendations. But asking people to comment on something that is nearly finished is not the same as finding out what they need and soliciting their collaboration from the start.

Reinventing HTML: discuss

From the W3 QA Blog 

Reinventing HTML: discuss

By now many have seen Tim Berners-Lee on Reinventing HTML:

Making standards is hard work. …

A particular case is HTML… The plan is to charter a completely new HTML group…

I’ll be asking these groups to be very accountable, to have powerful issue tracking systems on the w3.org web site, and to be responsive in spirit as well as in letter to public comments.

Ironically, comments are disabled on breadcrumbs, the DIG research group blog.

Comments are welcome here, though we haven’t figured out how to address spam without moderating the comments. And there’s always the mailing lists… www-html, www-qa, etc.