Learning From Users

My daughter, Siobhan, uses the Picture Exchange Communication System.

See: http://www.pecs.com/WhatsPECS.htm

Siobhan’<p>s Picture Exchange Communications Book

For some time, Siobhan was making icon placement errors. The icons and a sentence strip are held in a hard plastic notebook on Velcro strips. The way she uses PECS (she’s at Phase V with a very little bit of Phase VI emerging) she picks up an “I want” icon and puts it on the sentence strip. Then she goes shopping through the book for “taco” or “car” or whatever she wants. She wants taco and car a lot lately. She then puts the “taco” icon on the sentence strip to the right of the “I want” icon, rips the sentence strip off the velcro strip binding it to the book, and hands the sentence strip to her communicative partner. That’d be me. “I want taco” I say to her when I get the strip. After I say it she sometimes points to the icon of the thing she wants, just to make her point stick. I am, after all, by her definition, slow on the uptake, being her Dad.
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That Plugin Made my Site [Invalid]

So, as I am developing this blog, I spent most of my time making sure that the website passes all validation that I know. I ran the CSS, XHTML and 508 Validation using Chris Pederick’s Firefox toolbar, even used the Web Accessibility toolbar’s WAVE tool, to make sure that when we launch this site that it passes all standards known. Then I came across Feedburner’s e-mail signup plugin. Continue reading “That Plugin Made my Site [Invalid]”

Workarounds Cost Arounds: Browser Edition

Man pulling his hair screaming IEEEEE!Web designers around the world have two biggest challenge in their projects. To make their websites look right on Internet Explorer 6 and for those who cares, to pass HTML/XHTML validation and adhere to web standards. Somewhere in the world at this very second, some web designer in their little cube is screaming “IEEEEEE!!!” It’s a universal call out for disdain. A recent article from Yahoo! Internet News, web developers and designers spends countless hours debugging websites to adhere to web standards as well as make it “look good” in I.E. 6. Continue reading “Workarounds Cost Arounds: Browser Edition”