November, 2015 Puzzler

This is one that happens from time to time. Yes, there is a simple explanation. I have seen this in source code as well as on web pages created by students. Why does the symbol � show up in a web page? Yes, I am certain you can search online for the answer. I am looking for a simple explanation (something you would tell others in your CMWEB class). Please provide a reference URL along with your explanation.

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October, 2015 Puzzler

Ok, this is a pretty simple one (but often represents the sorts of problems I encounter from students). Here is the result I seek:

Desired Result

However, I don’t seem to be able to get this working. It seems to be mostly working, but there are some issues. Here is the file I am having problems with. [It will open in a new browser window/ tab]. What am I doing wrong? The first to properly identify the problem(s) and provide the proper solution will receive an animated gold star.

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September, 2015 Puzzler

Here are a few acronyms. I am curious if you know what these stand for? Please place your answers in the comments. These are all related to web design and development. First one to include a comment with all correct answers will receive an animated gold star.

A – IoT





Best always,

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March, 2014 Puzzler

If you think it is easy teaching HTML, CSS and related web technologies… Let’s see how long it takes you to figure out these puzzlers. I plan to provide one periodically. Keep in mind these are real problems that students encounter as they code their pages. Obviously, you need to view the source code. Continue reading

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2013 National Web Design Contest

During the last week of June, I helped run the national web design contest (held in Kansas City, Missouri under the auspices of SkillsUSA). Details of the contest (as well as past winners) can be found at Over 30 teams participated at the high school level (secondary) and over 15 teams participated at the post-secondary level.In order to compete in Kansas City, each team had to win their respective state web design contest. Every 2 years, one winning individual is selected to participate in the international web design contest (this year was in Leipzig, Germany). Obviously, this was a team effort. We had multiple individuals on site helping coordinate the contest briefing and de-briefing. We also had teams of judges throughout the US who worked diligently to review the submitted entries. I am most appreciative of the efforts by everyone involved to make this a reality. This was our 11 year for the national web design contest. I thought it would be appropriate to include various observations (which were made at the competition) and comments received from the judges. These have been generalized as many apply to more than one team. Continue reading

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HTML5 Geolocation book

I returned from my recent trip to speak at MPICT So. California on web analytics, business intelligence and big data and found a copy of this book waiting for me. I was asked to review this book prior to publication and am pleased the author incorporated some of my recommended improvements. Thought students might like to see what I was up to recently.

HTML5 Geolocation book

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2013 Illinois Web Design Contest

Now that the 2013 Illinois Web Design Contest is history, I thought it might be appropriate to share some thoughts and observations. First, congratulations to everyone who participated (in either the secondary or post-secondary contest). You took the extra effort to grow and learn. Those who are taking classes in web technologies and not participating – why not? This is a great opportunity to learn from web professionals. It is also a great networking opportunity. Whether you earn a medal or not, you have tested your self and your knowledge and grown in the process. Continue reading

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Illinois Web Design Contest 2013

For those individuals participating in the Illinois Web Design Contest in Springfield on April 12, 2013, you may wish to examine these links prior to the competition. Note there will not be any Internet connections allowed during the actual contest.

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Edge Reflow – the code

Last week, I examined the recently released Adobe Edge Reflow tool itself. I thought it might be worthwhile to examine the generated code. For reference purposes, the file I created last week is the one I plan to examine in this current weblog post. As mentioned last week, these generated files are intended to only work in the Chrome browser. If you examine the file using any other browser, you will receive a message that the file needs to be viewed in Chrome. So, let’s take a look (keeping in mind that this is a very early version) … Continue reading

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Adobe Edge Reflow – first look

Responsive design (where content is modified to display on a given device) is easy to discuss and sometimes difficult to implement. Not only should your text be positioned properly for various devices, but images and fonts should respond accordingly. The days of having a website which can be only viewed on a desktop are long over. Pinching and zooming on smaller screens is an impediment. We have media queries to help, but it can be difficult to deal with the myriad complexities associated with responsive design techniques. Enter Adobe Edge Reflow. Admittedly, this is a preliminary version (released in mid-February, 2013), and it only generates test code which works in the Chrome browser. That being said, it is worth further investigation. You can gain access to the product with a free Creative Cloud membership. A good starting point is the introductory article by Chris Griffith. Using that article as a starting point, I investigated this product myself. Continue reading

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