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MAPS 2008 Fossil Show

I attended the MAPS (Mid-America Paleontology Society) Fossil Exposition in Macomb, Illinois yesterday. These are some of the photos of the fossils (and friends) encountered. www.flickr.com

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Good introduction to Firefox 4

I came across this article today. Thought it was a good read as to the future direction of Firefox. Details can be found at http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9904867-2.html. Concepts of Prism and Weave are both quite interesting…

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Happy Dyngus (Dingus) Day

Thanks to my son for pointing out that today is Dyngus Day (not that he has ever heard me call anyone a dingus). If you want to learn more, consider Wikipedia. Apparently (and unknown to me), this is a big deal in many places. Lesson learned – I guess I […]

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Thanks Mike

I wanted to take a moment and formally thank Mike Perdun. He stopped by class last night and pointed out the obvious. I had been plagued with a problem using Adobe Captivate 3 and Vista. In researching a number of other weblogs, I found several individuals had encountered this problem, […]

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Top 10 Application Design Mistakes

Jakob Nielsen has recently posted a listing of the top 10 application design mistakes. They can be found at: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/application-mistakes.html. For students in my classes, review the link and let me know your thoughts (via the appropriate discussion forum).

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HTML 5 working draft published

A working draft of the HTML 5 specification has been published – http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-html5-20080122/ (January 22, 2008). There is an associated press release – http://www.w3.org/2008/02/html5-pressrelease. InfoWorld also has a review/ overview of this milestone – http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/01/22/W3C-offers-HTML-5-draft_1.html. Students are encouraged to review these documents; we can discuss further in class.

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Acid test

In several classes, I briefly mentioned that Internet Explorer 8 has passed the Acid test (actually the Acid 2 test). I forgot to mention the actual URL (for those who want to try this out in their browser). Please visit http://www.hixie.ch/tests/evil/acid/002/. Note that therer is an Acid 3 test, but […]

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End of an era…

I thought everyone might find this of interest. AOL will no longer support Netscape as of Feb. 1, 2008. Yes, I meant to post something earlier, but simply was overwhelmed. Details can be found at: http://blog.netscape.com/2007/12/28/end-of-support-for-netscape-web-browsers/ Some of us (me) can recall when this browser was practically the only show […]

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Spring, 2008 classes

I hope you are as excited about the start of the spring semester as I am. I do plan to try out some new techniques in my classes (rather than traditional lectures). Stay tuned as to how well that works out. Based on current enrollments, these are the classes I […]

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AListApart overview of HTML 5

If you would like to learn a little more about HTML 5, please visit this link: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/previewofhtml5 (I find it to be a good introduction to the topic).

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HTML 5 Design Principles document

The HTML Design Principles document has been published as a First Public Working Draft in TR space on the W3C site. Details can be found at: http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-html-design-principles-20071126/ A short news item was also published at http://www.w3.org/News/2007#item250. Thought you might find both of these documents of interest and help you better […]

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Spring, 2008 classes

There appear to be some questionable entries regarding the times that web classes will be offered in the Spring, 2008 entries on the ICC website and in the printed schedule. As best as I can determine, the times below are correct. If I discover any added problems, I will update […]

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ICC wins WOW Academy of the Year award

I participated in the WOW Advisory Board summit in Las Vegas from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2007. In addition to makiing a presentation on AJAX and Web 2.0, we reviewed existing web curriculum standards and identified new areas for inclusion (such as microformats). During this summit, it was announced that […]

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ICC Today article

The ICC web program was featured in the October, 2007 issue of ICC Today. I have provided a link to a PDF version of the article. Our students Rob and Monique are featured in the article.

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Fall semester begins

The fall semester begins today. I hope everyone is looking forward to classes as much as I am. Students who are in my various classes should have received a postcard with instructions on how to access course materials. We will be relying on the Moodle environment again this semester. I […]

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