Archive: 2011

Public Categories: 
  • Blogging
  • RSS
  • Validation and Testing
  • WordPress
  • Web Design

It sounds like a silly question, but it's really not. Does your blog have a name? In the admin section of most blogging platforms, there's a field for the blog's name. It often defaults to something general like "new site" or its URL. If you remove this default name, but don't replace it with anything, then your blog doesn't have a name.

Public Categories: 
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • RSS

Do you subscribe to your own RSS feeds? You should. It may sound like a strange form of vanity but it's not. It's a defense mechanism. If you don't subscribe, how do you know what your readers are getting? I subscribe to my personal site and social media feeds, as well as those of sites I work on. Several times I've caught and fixed problems with feeds before clients or readers have noticed anything.

It's hard to believe it's been four years. These images are free to use anywhere you'd like for personal reasons. Other formats could be made available. Let me know where you use them if it's convenient. The images have transparent backgrounds except for the one specifically noted.

Public Categories: 
  • Accessibility
  • iPad
  • HTML
  • Web Design

I think iPad apps like Flipboard may turn out to be one of the best things to happen to accessibility in quite a while. Not because they are accessibility tools themselves, because they are not. No, this is a bonus for accessibility because it will let users who would never think about accessibility see the consequences of bad code. Good semantic code with all the style controlled by CSS looks wonderful when it's pulled into Flipboard. Poorly written code using inline styles, spaces, and other tricks to control the design don't fair so well.

Public Categories: 
  • Blogging
  • Social Media

BlogDesk is a fairly nice desktop blogging client. In simpler terms it's a piece of software that lets you post to your blog from your desktop without using the web browser. This allows for some added features over a lot of blogging platforms. It supports a wide range of blog platforms including WordPress, MovableType, Drupal, and Serendipity.