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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’…


Updating Your Web Site

During the summer, I try to get caught up on many projects that are never finished. One of the most daunting is revising my web site.  I use my site as a hub for linking all my scholarship, teaching, and other projects. While I usually post a few blog posts each semester, it’s easy to fall behind on the rest of the updates.

As we’ve talked about here on ProfHacker, maintaining your own site can be a great way to make your work visible. Miriam Posner has a primer on creating a web presence, and J…


Easy Timelines with Timeline JS

TimelineIt seems a lot of us here at ProfHacker find timelines useful for teaching purposes. Ethan’s covered BeeDocs Timeline, Konrad’s had a look at TimelineSetter, and Billie’s introduced readers to a variety of timeline tools for PC users. Brian’s written an entire tutorial on building a timeline using SIMILE. I’ve even covered timelines myself, taking a look at Dipity a couple of years ago. (And I’m happy to report that Dipity can now handle BCE dates.)

Recently, I’ve had reason to be looking for …


Host a Website on Google Drive

Google-DriveLast month, Mark showed us how to use Google Drive to host a continuously-updating archive of a Twitter account. Doing so means taking advantage of a new Google Drive feature, “site publishing.”

Now, maybe I just hadn’t had enough coffee when I was working on implementing “site publishing,” but it seems to me that the instructions provided by Google are not as helpful as they could be. It’s actually pretty easy, so I put together what may be an excessively detailed, step-by-step guide for under-caffeinated people like me. (This guide assumes you already have some HTML content you’d like to publish. And, as always, be mindful of the stability and security–or lack thereof–in the cloud. )

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Do You Need Your Own Website While On The Job Market?

Suppressing a Lacanian joke . . . [This is a guest post by Jentery Sayers, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Washington and is now an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Victoria. He previously wrote on "Integrating Digital Audio Composition into Humanities Courses." He is @jenterysayers on Twitter.--@jbj]

Over at Crooked Timber back in June 2008, Eszter Hargittai wrote: “I’ve been continually surprised over the years about how many academics fail to take advantage of the Web as a medium for dis…


Using Lynx to Test Modern Web Sites for Accessibility

Lynx Browser ScreenshotIf someone were to tell you that you could test a modern, standards-compliant website for accessibility using 20-year old web browser technology, you might think they were crazy. This crazy idea is something that I thought up a few weeks ago when I was sleep deprived, but as it turns out, I might actually be on to something.

See, when you strip away the modern website complexities of things like CSS 3, JavaScript, or Flash, you end up with the same old technology that websites “back in the day” …