Need Help with Skills List

In preparation for my talk on Accessibility for the January, 2008, Refresh DC meeting I am looking to build a small simple accessible web application that might be useful in the end to the DC Technology Community. It will allow people to put in information about themselves and their websites, along with what areas they have skills in. This web application will be used to show how an application can be both 508 compliant, accessible, useful, and use web standards all at the same time.

I am looking for your help in putting together a list of skills people might have or need to work in technology. I know some people are designers, developers, printers, marketers, and business development so the list might be a bit broad. In the long run I think it will mostly be used by people looking for designers and developers.

Below is the list I have so far and I know it is not everything. I’m not sure if it should be more of a general list or should be like “Photoshop CS”, “Photoshop CS2″, “Photoshop CS3″, etc.

Here is what I have so far.

UPDATE – I added missing items or corrected capitalization from the people listed next to them. Justin Stockton also suggested that I add Adobe, Microsoft, etc. in front of items that should have them.

  • Accessibility
  • Actionscript
  • Adobe FLASH
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Applescript
  • ASP
  • ATOM
  • C
  • C++
  • C#
  • CGI
  • Cold Fusion
  • CSS
  • DOM Scripting
  • HTML
  • J2EE
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • JCL
  • JSP
  • Lingo
  • Linux – Justin Stockton
  • LISP – Matt Bowen
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL – Justin Stockton
  • .NET
  • Pascal – Justin Stockton
  • Perl – Justin Stockton
  • PHP
  • PostgreSQL – Justin Stockton
  • Python
  • Sharepoint – Doug March
  • SOAP
  • SQL
  • REXX
  • RSS
  • Ruby on Rails
  • RUP – Doug March
  • Section 508 – Justin Stockton
  • SCHEME – Matt Bowen
  • SCORM – Doug March
  • UNIX
  • VBScript
  • Web Standards
  • XML
  • XSLT

I would like it to be a more general list and I figure the application I’m building could be used to either find people locally with a given skill to help with work or if you have a question that you might need further explanation on. I’m figuring the web application will only be available to retrieve information about people from those people that have signed-up and the other person wants to make their information available to others by web page or e-mail only. The application will contain a notes field so you can expand on the level of your knowledge in a given area or subject.

So please use the comments to add skills I have not listed.

Thanks, greatly in advance for your help.

7 thoughts on “Need Help with Skills List

  1. Don’t mess with it anymore but SCORM, RUP and Sharepoint are always big government buzz words. Will try and think of more.

  2. I would add vendor names where applicable. For example ‘Access’ alone just sounds odd, but ‘MS Access’ or ‘Microsoft Access’ is more descriptive. Same goes for Adobe products like Illustrator, Flash, and Photoshop.

    Its also, Section 508, Linux, MySQL, Pascal, Perl and I’d add PostgreSQL.

    Might also think about groupings like: Web Standards, Programming languages, Database, Design, etc…

  3. Thanks, Justin. It does makes sense to add Microsoft, Adobe, etc. were needed.

    I figured I would try and get the list together, with your all help, first and then group it later.

  4. Thanks, Kelly for your input.

    I have .NET in the list, not sure if I should put both .NET and ASP.NET on the list. I do need to add Visual Basic (VB) to the list. I probably need to change C# to C#.NET to be the same as VB.NET.

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