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August 31, 2005

WE'05 is a sell out

Today is a month 'til WebEssentials '05, and yesterday we sold out all our seats for the conference. We have 50% more people coming this year than last year, coming from all over the World. We even have someone coming all the way from Iceland.
It's both exciting and disappointing to sell out, given people will miss out - we already have 30 or 40 people on the wait list for cancellations, and given that last year we had in total two cancellations, sadly a lot of people will miss out.
There is, however, a slight chance we can get a larger venue. We'll know in the next day or so.

We do have places for Jeffey Veen's workshop "Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps", and for anyone coming to that, we'll also throw in a ticket to the WebEssentials party the following night (fully catered, with booksignings by Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Veen, Molly Holzschlag and Kelly Goto, bound to be a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to speak with WE05 speakers and your peers).

So all is not lost if you missed out.

john

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August 29, 2005

Free Sydney Seminar tomorrow

When we started WebEssentials last year, one major motivation was to get people together in person, not just online. Yes forums, mailing lists and blogs are all great, but nothing works better than meeting someone, sharing a coffee or a beer, and getting to know them.

To this end, last year we held the Web Essentials reception (we still don't really know what to call it "cocktail party", "reception"....)

But we also held two free seminars with great speakers. Sadly, at present we can only do them in Sydney (hey they are free afterall, and you get two or three great presenters, food and drinks).
Our second seminar for this year is on tomorrow night, at the Australian Museum, and focusses on Usability and accessibility.

The evening features David Woodbridge and Robert Spriggs of the Royal Blind Society, very popular presenters at WE04 last year, along with Lisa Herrod of Access Testing.
By demonstrating adaptive technologies in action David and Robert will show us why some of the more seemingly obscure accessibility requirements are there, and what happens if you don't meet them. Likewise, they'll save you a lot of time by pointing out which requirements are less important.
David is an Adaptive Technology Consultant for the Royal Blind Society, where Robert is the Services Development Manager for the Technology and Training Service.

Lisa will present an overview of the various usability testing methods and tools she uses to evaluate websites in her work as a Usability Analyst at Access Testing. Presented as a walk through of a small-scale usability evaluation, this presentation will be a great opportunity to learn more about User Centred Design practices in web site development.

Details can be found at the WebEssentials website, and please make sure you RSVP so we can cater for everyone - we already have a big turnout expected.

See you there,

john

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August 19, 2005

Style Master 4.03 for Mac OS X released

We've just released Style Master 4.03 for Mac OS X. This is a minor upgrade, but it does improve some significant problems, and is recommended for all Mac users.

If you are a Style Master 4 user, and have not received an email with your download details, please send us a message via our support form

What's fixed and Improved?

Fixes

  1. Fixed a problem that caused Style Master to consume a significant amount of CPU time, even in the background. Style Master now should consume negligible amounts of CPU time in the background, and at most times.
  2. Fixed a problem with type ahead causing problems with editors, undo and other actions.
  3. The border-collapse property does not treat valid keyword values as invalid
  4. When font and font size are changed in the preferences window, all open Style Sheets windows are automatically updated
  5. minor problems with the padding and margin properties editor when using shorthand values fixed
  6. Many users should find general performance improvements

Improvements

  1. Added a close button to editor windows
  2. When bringing the app to the front, when there are no windows open, Style Master opens a new window (this is the standard Mac OS X app behavior)
  3. To add a preview HTML file for a style sheet, you can now simply drop the file on the Design pane of the style sheet window. This makes setting preview documents simple

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August 16, 2005

Our self paced courses return - after a very long hiatus

For many years now, westciv has been running our web development courses in free installments. It's been far too long since we ran a course, so this week we kick off our HTML and XHTML for CSS course.

If you want to learn all about standards based development from the ground up, not just the tricks and frills, but with a solid foundation, then you could do worse than take a look at this course (which we'll follow up with our CSS course in a couple of months' time).

Now, most of the readers here probably know this stuff pretty well, but I am sure you have colleagues, clients, friends who you know who might benefit, so please send them along.
Many many thousands of people have done it, and it's been polished over some years.

You can subscribe to the rss feed to get weekly updates when each installment is posted, or signup for an email reminder.

More news soon on Web Essentials (really filling up now, so don't delay if you are interested in coming), Jeffrey Veen's Web Applications workshop in Sydney just before the conference, and more - its a busy time here.

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August 11, 2005

Free web accessibility and usability briefing

We're having another one of our free leadup events for WE05 on August 30. Any readers in Sydney on August 30? It would be great to see you there.

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Australian Museum
August 30, 6.00 for 6.30pm
Please RSVP
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Concerned about accessibility but not sure where to begin? Need to know more about adaptive technologies such as screen readers? Want to see usability testing methods and user centred design practices in action? Join us for our second free Web Essentials briefing for 2005 where our speakers will be David Woodbridge and Robert Spriggs of the Royal Blind Society along with Lisa Herrod of Access Testing.

Through demonstrating adaptive technologies David and Robert are going to show us why some of the more obscure accessibility requirements are there, and what happens if you don't meet them. Likewise, they'll save you a lot of time by pointing out which requirements are less important. David is an Adaptive Technology Consultant for the Royal Blind Society, where Robert is the Services Development Manager for the Technology and Training Service.

Lisa is going to present an overview of the various usability testing methods and tools she uses to evaluate websites in her work as a Usability Analyst at Access Testing. Presented as a walk through of a small-scale usability evaluation, this presentation will be a great opportunity to learn more about User Centred Design practices in web site development.

Web Essentials 05

This free briefing is a leadup event to WE05, so our door prizes will include a free ticket to the conference, worth $850.

WE05 will be the web development conference in Australia in 2005, covering the latest developments in web design, development, user experience and accessibility, workflow and strategy, with in depth sessions on CSS, XHTML, emergent semantics, Javascript, AJAX, and much more.

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August 30, 6.00 for 6.30pm
Australian Museum
6 College Street, Sydney
Corner of College and William Streets - enter via William Street entrance
Map
Follow directions to Theatre
Please RSVP
www.we05.com
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