Useful links: Navigation, Measured responses, Meritocracy, PDF A11y,

5 Expert Tips for Improving Your Navigation Menu is from Usabilla blog.

Mike Montiero talks about measured responses online at The Pastry Box Project. He asks, “when your response is worse than the action that elicits it, then who’s the asshole?”

Once and for All: Tech is Not a Meritocracy is from Curious For a Living. The article concludes,

If we can agree that cognitive bias and 
internal barriers
 exist in the tech world (and I really, really hope that we can, because there’s plenty of evidence to support their existence), then we can begin to acknowledge the sometimes painful reality that we do not work in a pure meritocracy. That, in turn, will allow us to work creatively on strategies to help us to build systems that more closely resemble the merit-driven tech culture we so passionately want to see.

In A White Boy’s Observations of Sexism and the Adria Richards Fiasco, author MarkCC made some unbiased remarks, including,

What I do know is that for a member of the minority out-group, there is frequently no action that will be accepted as “right” if it includes the assertion that the majority did something offensive.

PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0 from the W3C talks about tools and techniques and gets very specific about how to add tags, alt text, columns, form controls and more to PDF documents.


Useful Links: Links in PDFs, CSS starter pages, Ning networks

Creating Accessible Links in PDFs from PWS gives “techniques for tagging links correctly to ensure that they are both keyboard operable and usable with a screen reader. It also looks at, amongst other things, how to make URLs more intelligible for screen reader users.”

Dreamweaver CS5 Features Part 1: The All New CSS Starter Pages at Community MX explains what Adobe has done with CS5 starter pages. Some good changes are described with more explanation to come. One thing I’ve wondered about the new Dreamweaver is whether or not there will be an option to use an HTML5 doctype. I’m watching the reports on CS5 for that tidbit of information.

In a move that may affect many educators, Ning has announced that there will be no more free social networking sites from them. Sites that currently exist must pay up or will be removed. Here are some news reports from The Inquisitr and PC World. I personally think this is a radical move that will be greeted with an angry backlash. ReadWriteWeb has a list of alternatives for current Ning sites that educators should check. At BlogHer, you’ll find even more suggestions for replacements for Ning.