Tag Archives: web development

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Switching to Atom for Web Coding

As a web developer I am in many ways a creature of habit: I started making websites back when the “blink” tag was still cool, under construction GIFs were all the rage, and every site declared with images whether it was designed to land on the Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator side of the browser wars. At the time, there weren’t many options of great tools for working with HTML and JavaScript: WYSIWYG, or “what you see is what you get” editors, produced convoluted and messy code if used f…

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CAST Figuration Seeks to Make Bootstrap More Accessible

Last summer I published a post about learning to use Bootstrap, “a free and open-source collection of tools for creating websites and web applications, [containing] HTML- and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions” (Wikipedia entry on Bootstrap). Bootstrap is an extremely useful, free framework for web developers.

This summer, I was pleased to see the Center for Applied Special Technology (C…

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Accessibility for Web Writers

For a number of years now, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been seen by many as the international gold standard for making online resources as accessible as possible. Published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), these standards are likely to continue evolving as the technologies we use also continue evolving; the current version of the WCAG is 2.0.

In the United States, the federal government requirements for accessibility are referred to as “Section 508” because that’…

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Web Development: Resources for Learning Bootstrap

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This summer, as part of my efforts to sharpen my web development skills, I’m working on learning Bootstrap. What’s Bootstrap? It’s “a free and open-source collection of tools for creating websites and web applications. It contains HTML- and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions. It aims to ease the development of dynamic websites and web applications” (Wikipedia)

Bootstrap keeps you from re…

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Make Your WordPress Site More Accessible

Like many blogs, ProfHacker runs on software called WordPress, and we’ve written many posts over the years about this software. WordPress is a great tool for creating a variety of different kinds of digital resources. An important issue to consider when creating a digital resource is how accessible it is to a diversity of users — including, but not limited to, people with disabilities. (For a consideration of the various reasons why, read “Why: The Case for Web Accessibility.”) However, if you’…

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Getting Started with Responsive Web Design

Last week, I talked about how to update your website and mentioned the importance of considering responsive web design. The concept of responsive web design is relatively new, and it can have implications for any web project you or your students are working on. Why? This morning alone, I have checked websites on my iPad, iPhone, laptop and computer. I’ve opened four windows on one screen and narrowed them down to all display at once so I have the references I need for writing this post. Responsi…

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Preparing for Launch: Avoiding Browser Hell with BrowserStack

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[This is a guest post by Joanna Swafford, a PhD candidate in English at the University of Virginia. She is currently working on her dissertation on the gendered intermediations of Victorian poetry and music. You can find her online at her blog and follow her on Twitter at @annieswafford.--@JBJ]

March 11th saw the pre-release of my digital project, Songs of the Victorians, an archive of parlor and art song settings of Victorian poems, and also a scholarly tool to facilitate interdisciplinary mu…