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Super Bowl 51 Commercials

As I did last year, I paid attention to the commercials on the first Sunday night in February. Others may be aware of this tradition as well. Lots of new commercials frequently interrupted by a football game. Ok, it was fun to watch the game as well. This year had […]

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Installing SSL certificates

Given that I teach several classes dealing with security (and we even install SSL certificates on an IIS server in a couple of those), I thought it might be helpful for readers/ students to learn a little about what is required when you are using a Linux server. First, a […]

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I didn’t know you could do that with Google

As we start the Spring, 2017, semester, I thought it might be helpful to review some of the things one can do with Google. Yes, I know there are other search engines. I do find some of the items below most interesting. If you can do the same in other […]

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Browsers

As we start the spring, 2017 semester, I thought it appropriate to discuss browsers a bit. Many students know that I recommend testing web pages they create in multiple browsers. This includes desktop as well as mobile browsers. Why? Because different browsers use different rendering engines. This means pages may […]

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Moodle upgrade

In preparation for the spring, 2017 semester, I upgraded the Moodle environment that is used as a learning management system for our CMWEB classes. I thought it might be helpful for those using this environment to better understand the effort it takes to maintain (and keep this up to date). […]

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Captioning in Camtasia

As we develop online resources, it is important to make certain information we present is available to all. This means any audio or video should also have captions. I have been experimenting with captioning capabilities in various software and wanted to share my experiences using Techsmith Camtasia. I am using […]

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WordCamp Peoria 2016

The first WordCamp in the Peoria area was held on Nov. 12, 2016. Here is a brief synopsis of the event. I also provide some of my insights and notes further down the page. WordCamp Peoria 2016 from Mark DuBois on Vimeo. As you learned from the above video, there […]

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Adobe Spark Page

I covered Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Spark Post recently. Adobe Spark Page allows you to quickly create a compelling web page. Here is a quick introduction. Adobe Spark Page from Mark DuBois on Vimeo. For those who don’t need to know all the details of quickly creating a web […]

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ARIA again

I recently provided some base information concerning Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). I wanted to expand on the topic a bit more. For those who are participating in our monthly Central Illinois Web Professionals meetings, I have been covering this topic in those meetings as well. Before delving into a […]

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ES6 question

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a quick introduction to ES6 (aka ECMAScript 2015). I indicated that I would include more discussions in future weblog posts. Before I do so, I wanted to get some feedback from readers. Specifically: What ES6 feature/ improvement do you wish was available today? […]

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ChromeVox

Since I am teaching the CMWEB 150 (Web Accessibility) class this semester, I thought it appropriate to focus on selected tools which can be used when testing web pages for accessibility. Yes, these tools also can be used to assist those with a disability (such as low vision). One tool […]

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ES6 Fundamentals

Although ES6 (aka EcmaScript 2015) is not yet widely supported in browsers, I thought it might be helpful to provide some base information to help readers (particularly my students) better understand how to work with ES6 (and discuss a couple of the features). I got this idea from taking the […]

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ARIA fundamentals

It has been a while since I focused on accessibility in these weblog posts. I thought it might be helpful to readers of this weblog to review some of the fundamentals of ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications). Many of the web pages we create employ sophisticated interfaces. Unfortunately, we often […]

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JS++

I recently learned about JS++. Although it is presently only available for Windows and Linux systems, it looks interesting. Essentially, JS++ is a compiler which takes code and generates JavaScript. However, resulting JavaScript is much more structured than one would normally write. There is a fair amount of documentation (however, […]

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Koken

I recently became aware of the Koken Content Management System (CMS). Essentially, it is a content management system for photographs (and essays if desired). Given that I take a lot of photographs, I thought this might be worth investigating. I also discovered it integrated with Adobe Lightroom. Like most CMS, […]

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