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Bauhan Publishing eCommerce/Blog Website

Bauhan Publishing Website

Bauhan Publishing is a small, independent book publisher in Peterborough, New Hampshire. ...
Bauhan Publishing eBook — World Enough and Time

eBook Design and Production/Conversion

deDanaan Design has a long history in book design and production. We ...
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Inner Phoenix Somatics Website

For Inner Phoenix Somatics, deDanaan Design created a custom site template for ...
Annie & the Beekeepers home page

Annie & the Beekeepers Website

Annie & the Beekeepers is an acoustic Americana/Folk band. The band had ...

Low-Tech Papa

  Am I a low-tech parent or a high-tech parent? I tend to the low-tech approach, and the following stories show other parents in internet and tech professions who tend in the same direction … strongly. The first story is from NPR: Even Techies Limit Their Children’s Screen Time. Referenced in that story are two […]

Collaboration Makes Me Happy

Wikimedia Foundation logo

Wikipedia has been a great inspiration to me. It gives me hope that this giant wave of activity that is the Internet will help carry humanity to new and better places. Wikipedia gives me this hope because it is a collaborative effort of regular people, and it is an enormous collaboration. I use Wikipedia all […]

Yearning for an Easier InDesign-to-ePUB Process

Ebook between paper books By Maximilian Schönherr (Own work) This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

As popular as eBooks have become in the last few years, I continue to be surprised at how difficult it can be to create a high-quality eBook. It’s especially surprising how difficult it can be for a traditional-book designer to create an eBook from an Adobe InDesign file … while maintaining reasonably good control over […]

Website Usability and Paper Prototyping

Diamond Trust of London — Paper Prototype

Cardboard, Glue, and Masking Tape When I was a kid, some of my favorite toys were the ones I made — often with little more than cardboard, glue, and masking tape. Little did I know I was foreshadowing my involvement in usabililty testing and paper prototyping. Avoid “Code, Test, Fix”, (Time, Money, Frustration) So often, […]

Building a Collective Brain with a Wiki

Cerebral lobes of human brain

For the Want of a Training Manual Sink or swim? Trial by fire? You may have used these expressions to describe seeing a new hire flail about because no one had the time to train him or her properly. Heck, you may have been that new hire on an occasion or two. Oh, but for […]

The Rough Guide for Meeting Section 508 Standards with Multimedia

The Task You are tasked with developing an educational Web site that includes podcasts, video, and Flash presentations while complying with Section 508. (http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm). Think “details” because government funding of this Web site is at stake. What follows is a rough checklist of considerations when incorporating multimedia into your site. Challenges The biggest challenges in […]

Conducting an accessibility audit for a client

What follows is a rough outline for conducting an accessibility audit for a client. Strategy and scope Clarify the goals of the organization requesting the audit. Why are they doing the audit? What level of accessibility do they want to achieve? What level of accessibility is required for them to achieve if any? Do they […]

Clearing up alt text anxiety

Entering some text in the alt attribute (not alt tag, as it is commonly referred to) always made me feel a little better about the site I was building. There would always be, however, that apprehensive feeling of wondering just what I should be entering as alt text. That nagging feeling would intensify as I […]