on web standards and accessibility

December 1, 2009

To me, true accessibility is building one site that works for everybody, disabled or not, and whatever user agent or operating system they prefer. And that is the web I want to build and use.

Yup. A good post on web standards and accessibility.



Orphan Works (unclear copyright)

October 3, 2009

http://www.archivists.org/standards/OWBP-V4.pdf

From the introduction:
“‘Orphan works’ is a term used to describe the situation in which the owner of a copyrighted work cannot be identified and located by someone who wishes to make use of the work in a manner that requires permission of the copyright owner. Proposed orphan works legislation, such as the Orphan Works Act of 2008 (H.R. 5889) and the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S.2913), would reduce penalties for infringement if an infringer ‘undertakes a diligent effort to locate the owner of the infringed copyright.’ This statement describes what professional archivists consider to be best practices regarding reasonable efforts to identify and locate rights holders. It is based on the authors’ knowledge of the kinds of materials that are likely to qualify as orphan works and on their professional experience in trying to obtain rights information for such works in the past.”


the next google?

May 1, 2009

How many times are we going to hear, “google killer” or the “next google” I wonder? Anyhow, here is another one… the behind the scenes video is kind of cool. I’ve requested a guest pass/invite, so we’ll see if I get to play around with it before it goes live.

“Wolfram Alpha, a new “computational knowledge engine” based on the work of Stephen Wolfram. Some have dubbed Alpha a “Google killer,” but, in reality, it is very different from the standard search engines that we are all familiar with today.”

Screenshots, video & more at readwriteweb:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/see_wolfram_alpha_in_action_-_video_and_screenshots.php

Apparently, google is also throwing out a new search engine next week.


9 browsers (a comparison), css your icons, & standard icons for use

March 10, 2009

A few links to share today: