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How to Use Pa11y for Automated Accessibility Testing of Web Pages, Part 1

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Here at ProfHacker, we’ve covered accessibility (often abbreviated as a11y) in a number of different posts. This is an ever-growing topic of interest for many, but especially for those who design and maintain websites and want to ensure they can give access to all types of users, including those with disabilities. However, the most common question that I hear is, “How do I make sure that my site is accessible?” The best way to check for accessibility is still user testing, but if you’re just ma…

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Digital Distraction: DLC Quest

Many people turn to video games for their digital distraction. (See Anasasia’s review of Diablo III and my own write-up of Honey Badger Don’t Care.) DLC Quest is an entertaining video game distraction, adding a splash of old-school nostalgia with a whole lot of sarcasm and puns.

If you’ve played any modern games, then you know how some games take “DLC” (downloadable content) to an extreme. DLC Quest is a satire that pokes fun at those games by making you collect all of the coins in the game before you’re able to do anything else in the game. There are over 16 different DLC packs that you need to purchase with those collected coins. Even the game’s sound and moving capabilities are among the DLC packs that you’ll need.

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Create Markdown Documents in the Cloud with WikiPack

Wikis are great tools to share and collaborate, but many of the wiki services are far from user-friendly, and sometimes you don’t want to share your wiki with everyone. If only there was a wiki tool that could create pages using the awesome Markdown language, and store the documents in Dropbox for safe keeping. Luckily, a new tool called WikiPack can do just that, and then some.

WikiPack uses Markdown and WikiWords to create a private wiki that is stored and accessed from your Dropbox account. The easy to use and powerful Markdown language lets you easily create and edit your pages without knowing any strange wiki syntax.

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Tweetster for WordPress and Omeka

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts about WordPress and Omeka, two great content management systems designed to make it easy for you to publish and organize your online content. How you let readers know when you publish new content, however, is up to you. One strategy is to use social networks like Twitter to send out short blurbs about new posts. However, managing an online profile and manually sending out these updates can be time consuming. While some Twitter plugins already exi…

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Digital Distraction: Honey Badger Don’t Care

As the end of the semester is upon us, it is important to take some time and refresh your mind. This weekend, having just this last week completed my undergraduate studies, I’ll be doing that by playing the “Honey Badger Don’t Care” game for iOS.

By this point, you might have already seen the YouTube videos in which Christopher Gordon provides comedic narration over National Geographic videos of wild animals. His most famous video, “The Honey Badger” (NSFW language), has over 43 million views.

This video has became so popular that there is now an iPhone/iPod Touch game called “Honey Badger Don’t Care.” The premise of the game is to see how many days you (as the honey badger) can survive in the desert by hunting various animals and completing tasks, such as eating 25 mice or scorpions in a single level (or “day”).

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Accessibility Features of iOS 5

Apple users have long known about the company’s commitment to accessibility in most (if not all) of its devices.

In iOS 5–the latest version of the operating system used by the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod Touch–Apple has provided even more accessibility features for their mobile platform. Apple’s attention to built-in accessibility features allows people with disabilities to use these products right out of the box instead of needing to purchase costly accessibility software.

With the current…

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New Accessibility Features in Mac OS X Lion

LionApple has always made accessibility one of their top priorities when it comes to the Mac, and more recently the iPhone and iPad. As a Mac user would come to expect, when Mac OS X Lion was recently released, there were a few new accessibility features that made the upgrade process even better for users with motor, visual, and hearing impairments.

In Mac OS X Lion, Apple has added over 11 new features that allow individuals with disabilities to use their computers more easily.

Built-in Voices
Voic…

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Omeka Gets Access Keys Plugin

Just a few months ago, I wrote a post introducing a plugin I developed that allows anyone to make their WordPress site more accessible and easier to navigate. [Note: like almost all WordPress plugins, this one works if you're hosting your own site but not if your site is hosted by WordPress.com.] This plugin–which is listed in the WordPress.org plugin directory–makes it easy to specify keyboard shortcuts for built-in WordPress functions and for access to other internal or external pages.

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Microsoft Bing Brings Voice Search and More to the iPad

A few weeks ago, Microsoft ventured into iPad apps for the first time with the release of Bing for iPad. Bing, Microsoft’s ever-growing search engine, is definitely one of the most well-designed and beautiful search applications on iOS devices. It’s been around for a while on iPhone and iPod touch, but brings something new to the iPad: Voice search.

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The Pomodoro Technique: A Student’s Point of View

Task List ImageLast month we wrote about the time-boxing method of time management called “The Pomodoro Technique.” The basics of this technique are that you break all of your work sessions into 25-minute chunks, separated by regular short breaks (and, less frequently, a longer break).

Following this post, we decided to test out this time management technique to see how (or if) it worked for us. George has already tried it out from a professor’s perspective, and in this post I’ll be letting you know how it wen…