2019/04 Quo Vadis WordPress

2019/04 Quo Vadis WordPress

Last quarter we relaunched four websites in three CMS. The quickest was of course produced (mostly on a train with wonky wlan) in WordPress. I say of course because a WordPress website is simple to build and maintain, normally works for every occasion, and is very cheap to produce.  WordPress sites are ubiquitous, much like plain white tshirts – and like a tshirt they are easy, comforting, and no nonsense.  As the Plain White T’s aptly sing: “Don’t you worry … I’m by your side …” Read more

2019/03 Are We Failing HTML 101?

2019/03 Are We Failing HTML 101?

When I was at school there was no HTML, no internet, no websites, but there was BASIC with which we programmed small games – and which was a hell of a lot of fun.  As I have written before, learning some sort of code, markup, programming language what you will is if not very important certainly very rewarding.  Much like learning Japanese, even if you never get to Japan.  Language, any language, is the key to accessing other worlds – and accessibility (whether it be accessibility to knowledge, to chances, to a doorway, to vote, to fresh water) is what gives us our freedom.  I mention this as eyes were raised in many circles this week by the disappointing results of the WebAIM Million report. Read more

2018/03 See Jack Code. See Jane Code. Code Kids Code!

2018/03 See Jack Code. See Jane Code. Code Kids Code!

We are moving soon to another state; one which has Latin in the school curriculum. Our son is quite good with languages, already speaking English, German, and Russian – but he is a bit worried about Latin (“Where do they speak Latin?”). No one would disagree that Education is good, but we could argue about what an Education is good FOR.  What do we teach children, and why?  Read more

2016/02 To Code or Not to Code …

You don’t need a degree in Computer Science to code.  In fact, some of the better coders out there have degrees in literature and languages.  It’s never too late to learn code – and learning, just like any language, makes you literate – and adds another skill that might just translate into earnings. Computational thinking can aid problem solving and help with understanding large amounts of information. Read more