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What amazing web apps work have we done so far in 2019?

Sep 11th, 2019 by Max Tokman

We did some very cool website development work, with heavy Angular, Node.js, and React front end.  We continued doing our advanced WordPress and Drupal website development and support, with heavy focus on ADA and SEO optimization.  We created interactive HTML5 videos and assisted on Sitefinity website, built ecommerce portion of a large subscription website and battled WordPress hacks.  We worked as a web development extension team and on web apps projects with direct clients.  It might be  easier to list the technologies we did not work with then the ones we employed.

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Our ADA web site services cover WCAG 2.1 A, AA, and AAA ADA testing, reporting, and remediation

Mar 11th, 2019 by Max Tokman

We start every web site ADA testing project by performing automated tests using industry standard commercial software. This generates a preliminary report specific to WCAG 2.1 / Section 508 compliance level required - A, AA or AAA - which serves as a basis for in depth code review and manual testing with assistive technologies, such as screen readers. Once a full list of issues has been identified with both automated and manual testing, we go through each issues to verify its severity and occurrence.

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ADA compliance for Revolution Slider (and other WordPress plugins)

Feb 12th, 2019 by Max Tokman

Frameworks such as WordPress and Drupal are great in giving us ready to use, configurable website plugins and modules. The drawback is that sometimes these plugins lag behind in terms of compliance, which requires manual changes to code.  In this example we will look at bringing Revolution Slider into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for website, specifically for ADA compliance with screen readers.

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Identifying 10 common web site caching issues and their solutions

Jan 12th, 2018 by Max Tokman

Caching is both a blessing and a bane for web sites. Cached files and images allow end user to see a previously visited web site almost instantaneously, and those same cached assets can ruin user's experience by serving outdated code that conflicts with recent programming changes.
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2018 WP plugins recommendations

Jan 11th, 2018 by Max Tokman

Here's our pick of WP plugins, recommended for use in 2018

Caldera Form is a free and powerful plugin that creates responsive forms with a simple drag and drop editor that makes it easy to create forms for WordPress.  The plug-in  includes conditional logic, anti-spam, notification emails, and database entry tracking

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How we got our web site a 100% score in Google’s PageSpeed Insights - and why you shouldn’t

Jan 11th, 2018 by Max Tokman

PageSpeed Insights is an analysis and guidance tool for improving web site’s UX. As with other Google web tools, its aim is to encourage web site optimization for faster SEO crawl and indexing, which obviously translates into huge operations cost savings for Google.
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements for web sites

Jun 29th, 2017 by Max Tokman

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements for web sites were supposed to take effect in 2018, but thanks to a recent Florida ruling covered in our earlier post they are now for all intents and purposes in effect.
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Florida court imposes ADA requirement on Winn-Dixie's retail web site

Jun 29th, 2017 by Max Tokman

ADA requirements for consumer-facing websites are supposed to go into effect in 2018, but some are starting early.  Winn-Dixie built their website in 2015 and has now earmarked quarter of a million dollars to make it ADA compliant, based on recent court ruling.

Link - https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-holds-winn-dixie-supermarkets-website-violates-ada/

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[Few] shades of outsourcing or how to spot fraud before it ruins your day

Jun 6th, 2017 by Max Tokman

Same as anyone remotely involved with IT, I get bombarded with unending streams of daily emails, calls, and feeds promising superior offshoring, nearshoring and all other kinds of remote technical help for fraction of what it should cost.  Being a polite person, I occasionally respond to these sales pitches and over the years have come to gauge fairly well the background of these companies just from the way their sales pitch is crafted.

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Color Check tool for validating ADA readability compliance

May 31st, 2017 by Max Tokman

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is slated to become a legal requirement for websites selling goods or services directly to the public starting in 2018.  There are already plenty of good resources for identifying code-based compliance, but image compliance is a trickier matter.  As a quick solution, we put together a Color Check tool that in two clicks allows you to select foreground and background colors and performs contrast validation on selected colors in accordance with ADA requirements.

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