Refresh DC Accessibility Presentation – 01/17/2008

I will be giving an Accessibility presentation at the Janruary 17, 2008, meeting of Refresh DC. The following is the important information:

Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greater Washington Board of Trade
1725 I Street NW, Suite 200
Washington , District of Columbia 20006

Please make sure to register on Upcoming so they have an idea of how many people are coming.

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.

Hola Neighbor Makes Washington Post

Last weekend (10/26/ – 10/28) I participated with about 50+ other people to make a web application called Hola Neighbor. We came up with an idea on Friday night and worked on it until midnight Sunday into Monday.

We had a photographer and writer from the Washington Post come down to take pictures and interview people.

The article will came out in the papers Business section on Monday morning. I happened look and see if the electronic version was available yet and it was. Please read the Washington Post article about Startup Weekend and the building of Hola Neighbor.

More to come later about my personal experience.

DC PHP Developers Meeting

Last evening I went to the DC PHP Developers meeting. I had originally gone to the DC Tech Events website which is run by Ross M Karchner to check what time Thursday night the The DC Technology Network book group was meeting to go over “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.

I stayed at work late looking over general information about PHP, since I have not yet used the language. It is on my list of languages to learn along with Ruby on Rails.

The DC PHP Developers meeting was about jQuery and was presented by Joseph L. LeBlanc. It was held at the headquarters of Green Peace USA, in Chinatown. Joseph talked about using jQuery to do animations, by using the following effects:

  • fadeIn()
  • fadeOut()
  • hide()
  • show()
  • slideDown()
  • slideUp()
  • toggle()
  • slideToggle()
  • fadeTo()
  • animate()

He showed us a routine to check that the DOM was ready.

$(document).ready(function() {

// start code


or something like that. I might have missed something. Joseph has now put his jQuery presentation online and I while link to it when it’s available.

He recommended two different books about jQuery both by Karl Swedberg and Jonathan Chaffer:

He also listed a few website as references:


Once his talk was over people started asking general questions to him and to the rest of the group. One set of guys was looking for information about hosting and someone said they had used BlueHosting (for like $7.00 per month) and Simple Storage Service (S3) by Amazon for some of his client stuff. After that we talked about a bunch of things.

I even asked if people had been to either Refresh DC or BarCamp DC, the only person that had heard of either was Joesph and he had been to the BarCamp DC and not yet made a Refresh meeting. Since that was the case I made sure to explain what the events were and where to find them. Finally I talked about the new DC Technology Network and Ross’s DC Tech Events website.

Now it’s time to look over “The Tipping Point” tomorrow evenings meeting.