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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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Apple Watch Butterflies

My Apple watch comes with a number of faces. As an entomologist, I had to choose the butterflies. Although I can find articles about the efforts involved in photographing the butterflies (and other subjects – like the jellyfish), I have not been able to find any information on the actual […]

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Apple Watch Series 2

I recently purchased an Apple watch (series 2) to replace my aging Pebble watch (the eInk screen was starting to fade significantly). The watch was shipped directly from Suzhou (China). It was rather fun to watch it transit from Shanghai to Anchorage to Louisville and eventually to my home (taking […]

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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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Bash shell in Windows 10

I recently became aware of a new capability in Windows 10. It does give me a reason to use that operating system again (at least from time to time). With the Windows 10 Anniversary update, one can now run the Bash shell directly on Windows. Looks like this only applies […]

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Adobe Spark Post

Last week, I introduced Adobe Spark Video. I thought I would follow up this week with an overview of Adobe Spark Post. Adobe Spark Post from Mark DuBois on Vimeo. I hope you find this overview helpful and encourage you to check out Adobe Spark.

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Adobe Spark Video

One of many activities I do at school is help other teachers better understand how to employ technology in their classes. One tool which I have been promoting for some time is Adobe Spark (video, post, page). I thought it might be helpful to others to share the fundamentals of […]

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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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Ricoh Theta Image Editing

I purchased a Ricoh Theta S in late July and provided an overview of the camera capabilities and my initial experiences. Now that I have worked with the camera a few months, I thought it time to share some additional information and tips. Probably the most important tip is that […]

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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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Fall, 2016 semester

The fall, 2016, semester started this Monday, August 15. As we start each school year, I take a moment and reflect on accomplishments (both last academic year and this summer) and think about the future. After all, the reason I teach web design and development is precisely because of the […]

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