Target Lawsuit and what Accessibility standards could mean to you

Web Standards Project member Matt May had this to say about the recent Target lawsuit, which saw Target paying 6 million in an interest-bearing account to be paid to members of the California class who submit valid claims

“The question that’s on our minds today–whether ADA applies or not–ultimately doesn’t make much difference. In fact, it’s a major distraction from the heart of the matter. People of all kinds want to participate in all the activities the web has to offer. And many disability advocacy groups are reaching out to site admins to raise awareness of the barriers they face. The best thing you can do is to prepare yourself and your site with a little education and some fine tuning. When you’re in a lawyer’s office talking about the ADA, or any other accessibility statute, chances are you’ve already missed out on the most important part of the conversation. And that’s going to cost you, whether you win or lose”

So what does this mean to your site?

It means you should implement changes now, not only will it bring your website up to standards, your SEO will improve which means your sales and visitors will improve, all else being equal.

There is not a better time to clean your code and provide yourself with more time by using better maintenance methods which go hand in hand with cleaner code. The folks on xweb think so to, they would love to know what accessbility tools you want to see in Expression web.

It is not too late to take part in our Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Class whereby you will not only have the hand holding of two Microsoft MVPs, but also be in with a chance to win Expression Web Tips ebooks. The ebook comes with the class and will be available a week after the start of class, it contains much more material and you have a choice of six free templates too.

Register now at: http://starttoweb.com/classes/fp-ew.php For half price at  $79.95 $39.50

What are you waiting for? Indulge yourself and treat your website. The best time to work on a ever growing site is always RIGHT NOW.

 

FPCleaner Update

Have you been wishing that FPCleaner would clean your MRU lists at the drop of a hat? Well wish no more, with the recent FPCleaner v.3.5.0.0 now available, you can do just that. It is deemed best if you uninstall FPCleaner first from the Add/Remove panel.

Have you been thinking about working on your site so you can Migrate from FrontPage to Expression Web? Then getting FPCleaner is an essential part of your toolbox in your preperation for getting stuck into your messy code.

It’s not just FrontPage that is included in FPCleaner despite the name, Expression Web 1.0, 2.0 and Sharepoint Designer are also available.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web class and ebook will be available 30th August. Register now for the half price introductory course, never has there been a better time to take the plunge.

Are you getting increasingly frustrated at your efforts to effect a change in moving from FrontPage to Expression Web? Do you struggle to understand how to make Expression Web work for you? Do you want to know the tricks and tips to doing things The Right Way? Are you wondering how to replace your Themes, shared borders, navigation bots and all the other FrontPage component bots?

Then this is the course for you. With Tina Clarke and Pat Geary both Microsoft MVPs – FrontPage as your instructors, you will be able to ask questions, not only that the ebook complete with five choices of templates comes along in the price. We welcome your feedback during the session of the course and who knows there might be one or two surprises during this first session.

Why wait? This is the best time ever to take the plunge and migrate from FrontPage to Expression Web, sign up and register for 30th August, what are you waiting for?

Prerequisites for Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Class

  • Expression Web 1.0 or 2.0 – You may download the 60 day trial version of EW 2.0 from the MS Expression Web Site. If you are using the trial version make sure that you obtain and use the registration key or your trial will end before the full trial period. or Installed Expression Web 1.0 or 2.0
  • Firefox 3 with html tidy extension
  • Backed up your Website twice
  • Completed the Introductory Questionnaire
  • installed Steve Easton’s FPCleaner

Prior Experience:

A website made with FrontPage (any version) with a local copy on your hard drive to use in the class.
Have read and implemented either EW 1.0 or EW 2.0 Setting up Ebooks
Chosen your template from the five choices provided

$79.95 Introductory special $39.50

Course Details:

Preparation

  • Installing EW
  • Backing up

Cleanup Preparations

  • Making CU Toolbar
  • Making Queries

Removal Preparations

  • Redundant graphics
  • Save Navigation
  • Remove Themes…
  • DL Web Package
  • Preserve Regions
  • Insert DocType
  • Remove bots

Pages Preparation

  • Import Web Package
  • Use Cleanup Toolbar
    • Compatibility
    • Clean Tables
    • Accessible Tables
    • Apply XHTML
  • Run Queries

Revising Pages

  • Preview in browser
  • Replace Bots
  • Compatibility Reports
  • Accessibility Reports
  • CSS Reports
  • Navigation
    • Accessible Nav
    • Make Include Pages
    • Insert Include Pages
  • Forms
  • Add Semantic Markup
    • Heading Tags
  • Add Metas Tags
  • Validation
  • Robots File
  • About DWTs
  • Use Site Summary