By James Craig of WaSP

Microformats are a great idea. They allow the embedding of parsable, semantic data (like contact information and event details) into regular pages. With the right plug-in, that information can be saved directly to your calendar program or address book. Like Microformats, a portion of web accessibility is about making pages more machine-readable, and by doing so, making them more usable to human beings.

Most of the time, Microformats and the principles of accessibility coexist harmoniously.

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Women Geeks

Women Geeks is a new website me and some other girls have been working on around here to feature some of the internets most brightest and talented women in technology and science. We choose the name Women Geeks after about a entire night of searching for available domain names to buy. Then finding an affordable host was the next task, which we did the same night. Not wanting to deal with FTP issues and also wanting the website to be web standards compliant we went with server company that had fantastico pre installed so we could put a WordPress blog on the website so anyone could add information from where ever they were and whatever computer they were on as long as they had the login and pass. We have still not decided on a theme for the website and after much debate have decided to create our own theme instead of using a free theme or a paid theme from somewhere else. And that is where we are today or should I say tonight, designing the theme from the new Women Geeks website. We are going to go with a 4 column theme and plan on having it ready by the end of next week but for now we need to decide on the placemnt of the Header Footer Sidebar and Posts but we are also wanting to add Flickr or Photobucket slides and probably a YouTube or Google video slide as well. Anyways wanted to give everyone a heads up on the upcoming night, any questions leave them here.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT’s OpenCourseWare a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.Here is a short list of what anyone can learn for free via this amazing website.

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
Biological Engineering
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Comparative Media Studies
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering Systems Division
Experimental Study Group
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Health Sciences and Technology
Linguistics and Philosophy
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Media Arts and Sciences
Music and Theater Arts
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Political Science
Science, Technology, and Society
Sloan School of Management
Special Programs
Urban Studies and Planning
Women’s Studies
Writing and Humanistic Studies

Change in Group Lead

Change in Group Lead

By Drew McLellan | December 20th, 2006

Since taking over the reins of the Web Standards Project from Steve Champeon in early 2004, Molly Holzschlag has led the group though an important phase of its life. Through the development of our successful Task Forces, Molly has helped steer the Project through a significant course change. The close relationships our Task Forces have developed with browser vendors such as Opera and Microsoft are a strong example of our shift from mostly adversarial campaigning to a more consultative and collaborative role.

Molly has done great work as cat herder in chief, and were immensely proud of her and grateful for everything shes done to date. All good things come to an end, however, and in the old showbiz tradition of leaving them wanting more, Molly has decided that now would be a good time to step down from the Group Lead role and focus her efforts within the Task Forces she holds such passion for. We do, of course, support Molly in this decision, and would like to publicly recognize the things shes helped the Project achieve during her tenure as Group Lead.

Looking forward, long-standing WaSP members Kimberly Blessing and Drew McLellan are taking on the roles of group leadership into 2007.

From me : I think Molly did a great job and have no doubt that Kimberly and Drew are going to just as well if not better if that is even possible. Look forward to another great year of standards based postsand news.

Spammers playing tricks on us all ?

Have been getting an unusual amount of spam in my comments latley so I have had to moderate comments if they do not appear immediatly or even the same day do not be offended for they will get thru I am deciding on weather to install akismet or another anit spam software but one thing I relized is that whoever is sending the spam in probably NOT using the ip address that they are assigned and that I might be blocking people who never even had the chance to comment or becasue spammers have used his or her ip to send a spam comment. Any anti spam companies of professionals out there that would like to work with me on fighting spam please buzz me because by doing just a couple basic things when the computer moderates the comments it would reduce 99% of the comment spam on the internet. How to make a better internet is something we should all offer for free to the masses and for the next couple of posts I will be getting down on how to fight spam. Since at the current rate of comment spam times my life expantacy it will cost me 2 years of my life just delating spam So I am down for starting a working group to combat this problem and others that I believe plauge the internet today.