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CalWac2 Notes: The Web Devlopment Toolkit: Tools and Tricks of the Trade
By kristin - 4/25/2007 By Paul Reuger. This session covered web development/QA tools (mostly Firefox extensions), streamlining the web production process, and creating a framework/styleguide for web production to support workflow and ensure that QA and accessibility testing are not overlooked.
CalWac2 Notes: JavaScript and Accessibility
By kristin - 4/25/2007 - Category: Javascript, accessibilty By Jordan Casper,, University of Texas at Austin. Most of the session involved creating and analyzing scripts, which can be found at
CalWac2 Notes: Testing for Accessibility
By kristin - 4/25/2007 - Category: accessibility By Jim Thatcher. Presentation slides: The most important message I got from this presentation is that accessibility testing is a multi-dimensional process. You can’t assume your site is accessible by running it through an automated check. Human testing is also required.
CalWac2: Advanced Topics in CSS
By kristin - 4/25/2007 - Category: css, accessibility By Jon Wiley - A lot of information is packed into a short amount of time. Below is an outline. Detailed information on this session can be found at
Deploying Rails Apps with Capistrano
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 On Wednesday I attended a session named Deploying Rails Apps with Capistrano by Mike Clark, which introduced Capistrano, a rails application for deploying rails (and other technology) applications to multiple machines in multiple configurations. All of the configuration is done in ruby, and it's very simple to set up and to customize. The command set allows not only for deployment but also rollback of code sets, as well as data migration advances and rollbacks.
Making Tech Documentaries
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 On Friday, I attended a talk titled Making Tech Documentaries by Jason Scott.
OSS Project Press Relations
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 On Thursday I attended a session named OSS Project Press Relations by Josh Berkus, which covered a lot of excellent advice for interacting with the press if you're trying to get coverage for your open source project. In summary, Josh covers the following issues:
DimDim: The World's Free Web Conference
By jarcher - 4/25/2007 On Wednesday I attended a session named dimdim: The World's Free Web Conference by Prakash Khot and DD Ganguly, which showed off an alpha of a fully open source web conferencing platform that looks very promising. The clients use a combination of html, ajax and flash, and the server runs on standard open source software, with a centralized management admin interface built in.