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How Accessible is Your Search Application?

2014-13-November-Dyslexia-Center-Christchurch.jpgIt's estimated that one in 10 people has some degree of dyslexia. People with dyslexia have a cognitive disorder which hinders their ability to recognize words. Yet when I brought up the topic of web accessibility with some delegates at the recent J. Boye Aarhus 2014 Conference, I was concerned by the high percentage who had never considered whether their website and intranet search applications met an acceptable standard of accessibility.

Discussion Point: Encrypted Media Extensions in the HTML Standard

The debate continues over the W3C decision to move forward with the inclusion of encrypted media extensions (EME) in its HTML Working Group Charter. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released a formal objection, critics claim it will hurt the web experience and Tim Berners Lee weighed in. Here are three opinions on the matter.

Web and Mobile Interest Group Emerges from W3C to Further Mobile Web Initiative

Mobile Enterprise,In Mobile Device World, Web Interest Group Emerges

Everyone’s on the move these days -- the mobile Web movement that is. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is, too, and is adding more depth to its mission for increased Web technology for mobile apps.

W3C Report Updates Web Applications on Mobile Standards

W3C Report Updates Web Applications on Mobile StandardsDeveloping Web applications for a dizzying array of mobile device types is a problem the World Wide Web Consortium has been standardizing for years, and the group has published the tenth version of its standards for mobile Web apps on mobile.

Proposed W3C Standard for e-Commerce Customer Data Moves Forward


Wouldn’t life be easier if the customer data from website transactions was standardized? That’s the idea behind an effort from an industry group that includes Adobe, Google, IBM and Best Buy. 

Elcom v8.1: Updated Web Accessibility & Editorial Management Tools

Web content management vendor Elcom has released version 8.1 of its flagship product, the first update to the v8 system that debuted last summer.

W3C Partners with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Others to Create Web Standards Documentation Site

Who would have thought it? A group of some of the top companies in the IT industry have come together with the W3C organization to build a new community and website that, the group says, will become the authorities' source for documents for web developers.

W3C Updates Standards for Web Applications on Mobile

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released an updated version of its “Standards for Web Applications on Mobile.” The document summarizes the many technologies developed by the W3C that developers can use to add mobile capabilities to a website.

To Sir With Love: Celebrating 21 Years of the World Wide Web

Twenty-one years ago was a different time. In 1991, the cold war ended, Magic Johnson announced he had HIV, the first Sonic the Hedgehog game was released by Sega, and Tim Berners-Lee announced the World Wide Web project and software on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and the first website, "" is created. As a child growing up in the United States, these are just a few of the things that helped shaped my life.

What is Do Not Track? Web Standards and Privacy Under Scrutiny

Twenty-first century technology may be considered our servant, but the question of who exactly it serves is one that is coming up more and more as we advance into the Internet age. As far reaching in so many people’s lives as the Web tends to be, fundamental questions about privacy have not yet been answered.

A Summary of W3C Mobile Web Application Standards

 w3c-logo.JPGAlthough the standards organizations are notoriously slow, somehow, it can seem almost impossible to keep up with long list of technologies the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) suggests, develops and approves. If you’ve been wishing for some sort of quick guide to the many standards the organization has developed, today’s your lucky day.

W3C Specifies, Simplifies RDFa

W3C Specifies, Simplifies RDFa The RDF (Resource Description Framework) Web Applications Working Group of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has published several recommendations and a primer for use of RDFa and RDFa Lite in a variety of XML and HTML-based Web markup languages.

Twitter Allows 'Do Not Track' Privacy Feature

twitter_logo_2011.jpgMicro-blogging website dynamo Twitter announced today that it will allow visitors to enable the Firefox Browser's Do Not Track feature, allowing users who don't want any info gathered about them to visit the site anonymously.

Facebook Pushes for Mobile Browser Standards

At the huge Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor took the stage announcing the social web giant is backing initiatives to "standardize" mobile web browsers to help deal with what Taylor characterized as "...rampant technology fragmentation across mobile browsers." 

W3C Speaks Out Against Apple, Google Behavior

Apple and Google’s use of non-standard CSS features in its mobile browsers is causing quite a bit of outrage around the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). At this week’s meeting of the CSS Working Group, the implications of Google and Apple’s mobile browsers were compared with those of Internet Explorer 6. Gasp. Are things really bad enough to hurl the techie explicative? Unfortunately, yes they are.

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