Showing posts from July, 2006

Are you a Professional Web Designer/ Developer? Prove it!

This is a question that even the best web designers out there may not be able to answer. Why? Because a professional is a member of a registered professional body which has a code of ethics, and stringent conduct requirements - they can be debarred from practicing. Do we have that here? NO. Not even in other countries.

But that should not deter us from creating one and discuss the things that should be done. Molly Holzschlag has discussed this in her website and is a heated topic still. In the Philippines, the situation is the same. But when do we act? if not now, when? If not you, who?

Many professional organizations publish policy and ethics documents relating to how they as individuals treat their clients, each other, how they manage fees, and the kind of treatment their professionalism deserves in kind.

In an effort to mobilize the Web community as professionals, and what it means to be a Web professional, a code of ethics for our profession should arise out of a common group. We owe…

Disabled workers: The untapped work force

This is a news clip from US but the concept is universal and can be adopted anywhere in the world.

Disabled workers: The untapped work force
Abridged: Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Would you be surprised to learn that the broadcast color analyst for a major league baseball team is blind? Blind since birth, he's never seen a baseball game, but he knows it instinctively. His command of the stats and the players makes him one of the best!And he's not alone.

It's time to discover the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. The limits for people with disabilities are shrinking every day, and yet the need for good workers is growing. As these two facts collide, there is hope that the staggering unemployment rate for people with disabilities will finally begin to fall. The rate hovers between 65-70 percent. It's been that high for a long time, much too long!

This is insanity when you consider unemployment rates overall are near historic lows and the worker short…

ReadSpeaker PodCaster - Easier and Accessible alternative

ReadSpeaker PodCaster is an On-Line service that makes news feeds automatically accessible to more people in a high-quality and cost-effective way.

There are thousands of companies, blogs, government bodies and other organisations trying to make their news and content accessible as a text-based RSS feed. Podcasting and “Pod radio” are technologies where the RSS feed is enriched with a link (called an enclosure) to an mp3 file. This is widely used by radio stations, national and international commercial and non-commercial broadcasting companies, on line news papers, and so on.

Producing a podcast generally requires access to a recording studio and sound technicians. The requirements are similar to what is used in a radio/recording studio. Many organisations do not have the capacity, resources or time to make their information accessible in an audio format.

With ReadSpeaker Podcaster, the process is automated through text-to-speech (TTS) technology. This means that there is no need to reco…

Google Accessible Search

G oogle released a new product called Accessible Search, a “web search for the visually challenged.” Though result pages are somewhat less cluttered compared to normal Google results, the point here is not so much to create accessible results formatting, but to rank accessible results higher.

Google writes:

Google Accessible Search looks at a number of signals by examining the HTML markup found on a web page. It tends to favor pages that degrade gracefully – pages with few visual distractions and pages that are likely to render well with images turned off. Google Accessible Search is built on Google Co-op’s technology, which improves search results based on specialized interests. ...

We take into account several factors, including a given page’s simplicity, how much visual imagery it carries and whether or not it’s (sic) primary purpose is immediately viable with keyboard navigation.

Web accessibility is making your website accessible to all kind of users, disabled or not, regar…

Big Brother is proud!

Last week, I attended my sister's graduation. She ( Desiree Mendoza) just finished her Fashion design course at the prestigious Fashion Institute of the Philippines where Renee Salud is the director. For the uninitiated, Renee Salud is a household name in the Fashion Design business (in the Philippines).

Back to my story, there was a fashion show to showcase all the works of the graduates where they imitated the "Project Runway" reality TV show. Out of 40 aspirants, they were trimmed to 25 finalists. There was the formal wear, corporate wear and the Filipinana wear competition. Winners were announced for each category.

Although she did not win in those categories, She won a special category - Best Fashion Illustrator! When these special category was announced, I immediately knew she was a finalist.She has been a perennial winner in these kind of contest, and they narrowed down the finalist to 5 and she was announced the winner, I jumped to my feet and applauded. My sister … Awarded "3rd Disabled Friendly Website"

I am an advocate for Accessible ICT for PWD's (Persons with Disabilities).

In plain english, that means I try to make my web sites accessible to everyone, disabled or not, even if they are using different browsers (yes, there are other browsers other than Internet Explorer)

These are the kind of people we need to make Philippines a better place to live and having hope for a better future for our kids.

Recently, I mentioned here in my blog about the special award I got for sharing my expertise with CSS and the "impending" Disabled friendly award that DLSU Manila will get. Well, before the DLSU awarding - MCCID has already got that award, thanks to Jojo Esposa and his enviable advocacy for accessibility.

Frankly, Jojo Esposa is commendable in his efforts not only in the technical aspect but also on his dedication to help PWD's as a whole. These are the kind of people we need to make Philippines a better place to live, and having hope for a better future for our kids.

Photoshop Seminar at UST

I conducted a basic Photoshop Seminar today at the UST Main building, Data Center. There were about 18 student who are also volunteers in creating different websites for the University. It was only a half day session with a course outline which was designed for a whole day, so you can imagine the fast paced tutorials I made for those students. But they were all fast learners and got the basics right as we have a ratio of one is to one laptop for each student. And they were all very cooperative.

I was tired after the seminar, drained, as usual in my other seminars but it was worth it. I made the feedback form online and after reading the positive remarks, I was energized again.

How to Plan Manpower on a Web Team

This is a re-print. The original article is on AlistApart website. There's also a good discussion of the article in that site. I just wanted a copy in my blog so I can search for it easily when I need it. Yup, sometimes I'm not that good on bookmarks, coz there are billions of articles to read on.


It can be tricky to identify the right levels of manpower for a web team. Indeed, many organisations badly underestimate the amount of work required to keep their sites operating smoothly—they perhaps imagine that once a website is put live, it magically looks after itself. As a result, only the barest bones of proper staffing are put in place.

Fortunately, the problem of defining the number of people required on a web team is not insurmountable. A useful device for arriving at a good answer is the concept of “website scale.”

Step onto the scales

Website scale is a means of describing a site in terms of three parameters:

* size
* complexity
* …

Plaque of Appreciation from Philippine Government

Last week, I attended a Post evaluation meeting regarding the recent National Webmasters’ Interface on Accessible ICT for Persons with Disabilities. The Agenda was to have more plans of action for the proposals that was made during that conference and Awarding for some individuals and websites who have complied with accessibility guidelines of the W3C.

I was surprised that the DLSU website (which I previously worked on) was one of the recipients of the Accessibility award. Surprised in the sense that I thought the site needed some more work before it gets the acessibility award. I guess it does deserve this award because we were one of the first to execute our willingness to comply not only on intentions but on actions.

The other accessibility award was given to Jojo Esposa of the MCCID, which recently has been Mr Accessibility Webmaster (at Cebu) and a member of the Guild of Accessible Website Designers, a worldwide association of professional organisations, web designers and develope…