Web Standards and Accessibility Guidelines used in a Blog?

Web 3 ConsortiumThe majority of the Internet users should have heard about the World Wide Web Consortium or better known as W3C.
The W3C is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web (W3). It is arranged as a consortium where member organizations maintain full-time staff for the purpose of working together in the development of standards for the W3.

Or as Michael Martin from ProBlogDesign.com described it in his article „Does Valid Code Help Your Blog?“:

The W3C is the internet’s daddy. They created HTML, CSS, and dozens of other specifications that govern the use of the technologies that makes the internet thrive today. Valid code is code which meets their guidelines, and can be tested in a validator, such as the HTML and CSS ones.

I don’t want to discuss if using valid code should be used in a blog or if it is actually helpful for a blog. To be honest, I had it in mind, but somehow ProBlogDesign.com beat me to it, which is actually helpful because I can skip this part 😉

To sum Michael Martin’s article up I dare to say that it is useful to use valid code, or better: Web Standards, in a blog.
His reasons are all great, but I have to add one more reason why you should use Web Standards: chances are higher that your blog is accessible by all humans, especially those with disabilities.

Less known among the Internet users is the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C. Although some webmaster and „webcoder“ know and follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) put together by the staff of the WAI there are way more webmaster / „webcoder“ who are not following these guidelines. Weiterlesen

How I deal with the aftermaths of a car accident

Only a few friends of mine know about what happened on Sunday the 12th. Now, almost 2 weeks after, I decided to write an article about it. Mainly to share my thoughts and feelings, but also to revise what happened…

Well, let’s start at the beginning. On that day my parents drove to Lübeck which is at the Baltic Sea in the northern parts of Germany as they spent their vacations there, traveling by tandem bicycle to Bansin, that’s about 455km away. I traveled with them to Lübeck as I had to drive the car back home and pick them up again a week later after they reached Bansin.

So my parents went off for their vacation trip and I drove home. Everything was cool and I had quite some fun. It was my first time that I made such a long trip alone 🙂

I made a stop in Marienborn to have a short look at the memorial of the division of Germany because Marienborn was one of the crossings one could travel to the „German Democratic Republic“ (DDR) and the „Federal Republic of Germany“ (BRD) back before 1990.

I continued my way home as it was about one hour away from there. Unfortunately, or depending on the point of view fortunately, things got…uhm…bad after I passed the exit to Alleringersleben.

The car in front on me came to an emergency halt, so I had to hit the brakes. Luckily I got to a halt on time, same for the cars behind me. Since I was on the middle lane of the three lane highway, I pulled over to the left lane because it was free. I parked my car, grabbed my mobile phone as I saw smoke about 100m in front of me. I jumped out of the car, had a short look and saw fire. Without thinking I called 112 which is the German equivalent for 911 and reported the accident. I then grabbed the first aid box, locked the car and rushed for the accident to provide first aid. Weiterlesen

Help, I’m melting! – 5 Ways to stay cool on a hot day

I’m not really melting, but it was a very hot today with a maximum of 45°C/113°F in the sun.

I assume I had less problems with the heat than anyone else around me, that’s why I decided to tell you my secrets to stay cool and survive the day.

5 ways to stay cool on a hot day