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Webuquerque: Standards & Accessibility With Dreamweaver

May 12, 2009

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Last Wednesday, Webuquerque hosted "Standards & Accessibility With Dreamweaver," presented by Virginia DeBolt and Emily Lewis (that's me!).

The presentation had a great turnout with over 20 attendees and, once again, several folks from Santa Fe.

If you weren't able to join us, here's what you missed.


The presentation was a mix of background information and demonstrations. I explained the tenets of web standards, as well as some of the basic guidelines for ensuring accessibility, while Virginia gave Dreamweaver demos to show how users can implement both standards and accessibility in the WYSISYG editor.

Specific demonstrations included:

  • Dreamweaver's CSS-based templates
  • Creating accessible forms
  • Ensuring images are assigned alt text
  • Creating and editing CSS and markup to support semantics
  • Dreamweaver preferences you can set to support accessibility

Almost Like You Were There

For all those folks who weren't able to join us, we have everything to make you feel like you were there (almost).


Once again, we used S5 for the slideshow:

Screen shot of Standards and Accessibility With Dreamweaver slideshow

We also recorded the presentation, which is available on Viddler:


And thanks to our volunteer photographer, Daniel Clark, we have a few pictures of the event:

  • Webuquerque: Standards and Accessibility With Dreamweaver
  • Webuquerque: Standards and Accessibility With Dreamweaver
  • Webuquerque: Standards and Accessibility With Dreamweaver
  • Webuquerque: Standards and Accessibility With Dreamweaver

Coming in June

Our next presentation is Web Workflows in Adobe CS4 on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, beginning at 6:30pm at Uptown Sports Bar and Grill:

With release of CS4, Adobe aims to increase workflow efficiency with tighter integration between their applications.

In this session, Webuquerque co-manager, Jason Nakai will talk about how Adobe's CS4 aims to increase workflow efficiency via tighter integration between CS4 apps. Jason will cover the combination of CS4's Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Flash, and Dreamweaver into an easy–to–use workflow. Specific demonstrations include:

  • How to smoothly transition from one Adobe CS4 application to the next
  • New features that aid in the workflow process
  • New unified and customizable interfaces

By streamlining your workflow and having a better understanding of how Adobe's CS4 applications work together, you can focus on being creative.

Mark Your Calendar

Don't miss out on our June presentation. Sign up for reminders from your preferred social network:

2009 Presentation Schedule

While you are at it, mark your calendar with our entire 2009 schedule:

July 1
Topic: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Presenter: Chris Kenworthy
August 5
Topic: Development Frameworks & Libraries
Presenter: Mark Casias
September 2
Topic: Podcasting & Vodcasting
Presenter: Vincent Ascoli
October 7
Topic: Microformats
Presenter: Emily Lewis
November 4
Topic: Web marketing
Presenter: Reid Givens
December 8
NMAUG holiday party (time & location TBA)

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Please note, these topics and presenters are subject to change.

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In Other News

We are pleased to announce we've finally launched a site for Webuquerque!

At present, the site is just a repository for information about our group, events and our social networks. But, as time permits, Jason and I will be developing the site further (using ExpressionEngine) to support commenting/forums, which means we will eventually be moving the recaps to that site (opposed to posting them here on my personal blog).

Behind–the–scenes, the site is experimental, using HTML 5. I'm not well-versed in this (yet), so I'll be tweaking the markup structure as I learn more. We are also using a dash of CSS 3, which will become more over time as we add additional visual features such as text-shadow and RBGa opacity. Finally, we hope to experiment with @font-face and, perhaps, Cufon.

Any .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on the site is more than welcome!

Tell Us What You Think

Don't have feedback on the new site? What about feedback on the group? We are nearing the six-month mark for Webuquerque, and Jason and I would love to know how we are doing. Webuquerque is for the community, so .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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P.S. Don't forget my book Microformats Made Simple is still for sale!


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I'm a freelance web designer of the standardista variety, which means I get excited about things like valid POSH, microformats and accessibility. I ply my trade from my one-person design studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 USA.

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