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Progressive Enhancement

Progressive enhancement is a very interesting topic. It is definitely beneficial to developers because it keeps the same consistency across all web browsers. Progressive enhancement requires you to focus on the content of your webpage. It requires that you have very well marked up HTML, well structured CSS and JavaScript. The reason that progressive enhancement […]

Segway Centaur Micro Site Project

The Segway Centaur Micro Site project was a challenging, but fun project for me to do. It required me to use all of the knowledge and skills that I learned this semester and last semester from Thomas. It also made me have to go out and learn some different tools, such as PHP to make […]

Image Optimization Article

The image optimization article was very interesting. The beginning paragraphs were a lot of things Thomas went over with us in class such as, images occupy a significant amount of visual space and there is no one way or “formula” for optimizing images. Article Takeaways:  1. Using web fonts instead of encoding text into images. […]

File Folder Icon

The file folder icon was our big Fireworks assignment for Thomas. It was extremely frustrating, but fairly easy because we had the tutorial to go by. I didn’t really like the way the tutorial’s images were and some of the directions didn’t really make sense. I had to read over them a few times just […]

Usability Testing

Usability testing is done for very good reasons–such as, that it helps the developers of the website to know if their website is accessible and navigable. Some observations that I noticed yesterday while watching the usability test is that it is a very formal process, which it should be. It was also nice to hear […]

Website Evaluation

One website that I frequent is This website is the online portal for my EAST program that I run at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library.  It was developed by B.J. Hansen. Structure:  This website is very structured. Each page is easily accessible through the menu buttons at the top. It is easily navigable […]

Power Searching with Google

After taking the power searching class, there are five new tips and tricks that I learned to help me become more Google efficient. 1.) The Ctrl-F function. This tool was designed to help your find certain text in a very long document. This function is extremely useful when I am doing homework or my EAST […]

My Favorite Web-Based Service

I know I am not the only one who loves Google, but I do and it is definitely my favorite web-based service. Not only can you use the search engine to find hundreds of things related to the topic that you searched, but you can use some amazing tools that Google has developed. These tools […]

A Little About Me

Here is a slideshow that I created just to give you some insight about me and my life. [googleapps domain=”docs” dir=”presentation/d/1WpPyxdcSh4y19ExKNVXwOZDa7bj7OoGD6WBjZCpX_do/embed” query=”start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000″ width=”960″ height=”569″ /]

Reflection 1

My first week in the IT Minor program went better than expected! I was fortunate to come in possessing some basic computer knowledge and communication skills so, I was not completely afraid when I walked into the lab on the first day. I was very intimidated about the time of class because I have a […]