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Evolt Conference in Toronto

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Photo by Javier Velasco of evolt participants

evolt.org is a worldwide community of web developers. This year’s event was held in Canada at UofT. At TOevolt web professionals came together from abroad and down the way to talk about pressing issues in web design, information architecture, accessibility, internationalization, and standards. Presentations and discussions were made by inspiring leaders such as Joe Clark, Dan Cederholm, Javier Velasco and Adrian Roselli.

Presentation Notes

Context Modelling

The importance of information context: “When we retrieve a document, we may know who wrote it, when it was written and where it resides, but we have little or no insight into its creation, its evolution, how it has been used, how well it performed or what it was intended to do. Intent is of particular note: it not only describes issues around the content, but issues about understanding the context of the information requester. Search engines, for example, must glean intent from one or two words entered into a search box on a Web page. They do not, however, understand the context of the requester, nor do they attempt to leverage the context of the documents to increase the search relevancy.” – Daniel Rasmus, Forrester Research, Inc., 8/2002.

Web Links

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This is a post from my first blog which was for work. It resided in Ryerson.ca and was managed by Blogger. Current links are available via del.icio.us. The links below are from June 2004.

General
Business (ROI, BPM, ERP)
Community (Collaboration, Conferences, Web Culture)
Independent Web Publishing (E-Zines, Journals, Weblogs)
Legal Issues (Privacy, Copyright, and Libel)
Management (Business, Client and Project)
Marketing and Advertising (Banners, Newsletters, Press Releases)
Statistics (User Surveys, Log Analysis)
Universities, Non-Profits, and IT (Sites, reports, news)
Workflow (Core, Development, Planning, Process)

Information Design
Accessibility (WAI, Policies, Articles)
Content (Editing, CMSs, Syndication, Writing)
Form and Function (interface design vs. interaction design)
Information Architecture (Meta Data, Taxonomy, Thesaurus)
Information Design (Contextual Analysis, Iconography, Labeling)
Interaction Design (Functionality, Task Analysis, Use Cases)
Interface Design (Grid, Layout, Navigation Structure)
Motion Design (Animation, SMIL, Video)
User Experience Design (IA, Information, Interaction, Interface, Visual Design)
User-Centered Design (User Experience Design, Usability, Interaction Design)
Usability (Computer-Human Interaction, Task Analysis, User Testing)
Visual Design (Branding, Color Theory, Composition, Typography)

Technical Design
Client-Side Scripting (JavaScript, ECMAscript)
Developing for Databases (SQL, Oracle, MySQL)
DHTML/DOM (Stylesheets, Markup and Scripting)
Flash (ActionScripting, Remoting)
Markup Languages (HTML, RSS, SVG, WML, XHTML)
Meta Languages (SGML, XML)
Search Engines (Crawlers, Engines, Meta Tags, Positioning)
Server-Side Programming (ASP, CGI Java, JSP, PHP, SSI)
StyleSheets (CSS, XSL, XSLT)
Tools (Adobe, Macromedia, Code)
Web Services (COBRA, COM, SOAP, XML)
Web Standards (W3C, ISO, WASP, cross-platform, cross-browser)


Accessibility (WAI, Policies, Articles)
W3’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Policies Relating to Web Accessibility by Country
WebAIM – Web Accessibility in Mind (Utah State)
University Web Accessibility Study
ITTATC Web Accessibility Course
WAVE 3.0 Free Accessibility Tool
Bobby’s Free Accessibility Tool
Ontario Human Rights Code
Ryerson Accessibility Plan
About.com on Web Accessibility, ADA Guideline
ALA Topics: Accessibility

Business (ROI, BPM, ERP)
ALA Topics: Business
Choosing Open Source: A decision making guide
ClickZ Strategies, trends, and case studies
Creating Customer Value
ebizQ – Insider’s Guide to Business Integration
eWEEK.com – Enterprise Technology
Intelligent Enterprise Magazine
Metrics Market – Internet Metric Research
New Architect
On demand business: The executive guide
Sitepoint
Boxes & Arrows: Methods & Approaches Articles
Znet Tech Update

Client-Side Scripting (JavaScript, ECMAscript)
evolt.org client-side coding
JavaScript Kit
Sitepoint
Developer’s Edge JavaScript

Community (Collaboration, Conferences, Web Culture)
AIMS Canada
BITePRO
CFUG Toronto Coldfusion Group
Canadian Marketing Association
DigitalEve
e-Content Institute
FlashinTO
Listservs: CMS mailing list, University Web Developers’ (UWEBD), UCDA
MultiMediator
New Media Awards
Society of Internet Professionals (SIP)
Social Tech
Toronto Usability Professionals’ Association (TUPA)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
University and College Designers Association (UCDA)
Digital Web Magazine
evolt.org community
Shift

Content (CMSs, Syndication, Writing)
ALA: Evolving Client Content
CMSWatch – independent source of information, analysis, and reports
Serena Collage
Ektron CMS and eWebEditPro
Convio
Gerry McGovern, web content management solutions
Open Source: Bricolage, OpenCms, MamboServer, Moveable Type, PHP-Nuke
Cold Fusion: Web Impact, Hotbanna
Wiki: Wiki: Voodoo Pad, TWiki, Creating internal buy-in, Tiki CMS/Groupware

Culture (Trends, Issues, News)
ALA Topics: Culture
Census Canada 2001
Born Magazine
Shift
Spark-Online Magazine
V-2.org
Wired News
kottke
News.com.com
Slashdot

Developing for Databases (SQL, Oracle, MySQL)
Builder.com
Sitepoint

DHTML/DOM (Stylesheets, Markup and Scripting)
ALA Topics: DOM | Scripting
Builder.com
Dynamic Drive
Sitepoint

Flash (ActionScripting, Remoting)
Ryerson University: Flash Communication Development Server
ALA Topics: Flash
Joshua Davis
Robert Penner
G Skinner
moock.org
Actionscript
Flash in the Can Festival
Flash Remoting for PHP

Form and Function (interface design vs. interaction design)
A List Apart
Role of project management in design – UIWEB.COM

Independent Web Publishing (E-Zines, Journals, Weblogs)
Blogs: LiveJournal, Blogger, Movable Type, Typepad, Friendster, flickr
People: Dave Shea: Messoblue, David Crow, Rick Broadhead, Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, John Kerry for President, Howard Dean for America

Information Architecture (Meta Data, Taxonomy, Thesaurus)
Information Architecture Deliverables
ia/ news for information architects
Boxes and Arrows

Information Design (Contextual Analysis, Iconography, Labeling)
Interaction Design (Functionality, Task Analysis, Use Cases)
Interface Design (Grid, Layout, Navigation Structure)
ALA Topics: Design
ALA: Elastic Design
Boxes and Arrows
V-2.org

Legal Issues (Privacy, Copyright, and Libel)
Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC)
Canadian Defamation Law
Ontario Human Rights Code
Ryerson ITM academic misconduct policies and guidelines

Management (Business, Client and Project)
ALLPM – The Project Managers HomePage
ALA Topics: Process, workflow, project management, targets, brainstorming, scope creep, teams
Baseline: Project and Process Management: costing, planning and managing next generation IT
Boxes & Arrows: Methods & Approaches Articles
Dr. Dobb’s Journal / webreview.com

Marketing and Advertising (Banners, Newsletters, Press Releases)
e-Content Institute & Information Highways
Constant Contact Do-It-Yourself Email Marketing
High Impact eMail 2.0
internet.com’s Interactive Marketing Channel
ThinDataworks EMS
Markup Languages (HTML, RSS, SVG, WML, XHTML)
ALA Topics: HTML | XHTML
Introducing RSS
Sitepoint
W3C’s HTML/XHTML Home Page
W3C’s Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
Website META Language (WML)

Meta Languages (SGML, XML)
ALA Topics: XML & Pals
XML learning the eXtensible markup language
XML.com: XML From the Inside Out
XML FAQ

Motion Design (Animation, SMIL, Video)
Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)
Atom Films
Nakd: Motion & Still Design

Search Engines (Crawlers, Engines, External, Internal, Meta Tags, Positioning, Search Services)
Search Engine Watch: Tips About Internet Search Engines & Search Engine Submission
Open Directory Project – Ryerson.ca

Server-Side Programming (ASP, CGI Java, JSP, PHP, SSI)
ALA Topics: Server-Side, shaping dynamic user interactivity
Builder.com
CFUG Toronto Coldfusion Group
Choosing Open Source: A decision making guide
evolt.org server-side coding
Hot Scripts
PhotoPost PHP Pro
Sitepoint
Ryerson University: Perl and CGI Programming by Brian Lesser
Perl cpan.org
PHP Builder
CGI NCSA
Sun Microsystems, JavaServer Pages (JSP)

Statistics (Log Analysis, User Surveys)
AWStats, Nedstat, Webalizer, Webtrends, Wusage
Nielsen’s Keep Online Surveys Short
Survey Monkey

StyleSheets (CSS, XSL, XSLT)
CSS3 – Intro, Guides & Resources
ALA Topics: CSS
CSS Layout Techniques: for Fun and Profit
XML
Jeni Tennison
Raggett

Tools (Adobe, Macromedia, Code)
Adobe Creative Suite
ALA Topics: Tools
evolt.org tools, tutorials
FlashGuru Knowledge Base
Hosting DNS park
Hosting no-ip.org
Macromedia MX
Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 Primer
MS Office, MS Visio
smallurl.com
Text Pad
XML Notepad

Universities, Non-Profits, and IT (Sites, reports, news)
Government of Canada: Internet Guide
Universities in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, By Country, US, UK
Government of Canada, Gov. of Ontario
Ministry of Education, City of Toronto
Canadian Library Association (CLA)
Ontario Library Association (OLA)
Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
Train your brain
RuffaloCody (fundraising/telemarketing software)
Social Tech
Spadina Bus
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
University and College Designers Association (UCDA)

User Experience Design (IA, Information, Interaction, Interface, Visual Design)
V-2.org interface + usability

User-Centered Design (User Experience Design, Usability, Interaction Design)
ALA Topics: Usability
V-2.org

Usability (Computer-Human Interaction, Task Analysis, User Testing)
Web Word Usability Weblog
Usability Views: Articles
ALA Topics: Usability
Toronto Usability Professionals’ Association (TUPA)
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
V-2.org
Web Word

Visual Design (Branding, Color Theory, Composition, Typography)
ALA Topics: Typography
Archinect
Australian INfront
Bruce Mau Design’s Incomplete Manifesto
College and university Online Style Guides, UCDA
Communication Arts
Design is Kinky
DigitalThread
evolt.org web design directory
evolt.org tools, tutorials
Half Project: philippine design
Kaliber10000 (k10k): a designers forum
Kiiroi.nu
linkdup
Netdiver new media design portal and digital culture magazine
PixelSurgeon: art, tech, culture, music, games, movies
Ranger Magazine: visual media
SurfStation
ThreeOh
Web Page Design

Web Services (COBRA, COM, SOAP, XML)
XMethods
ALA Topics: Server-Side, shaping dynamic user interactivity
PeopleSoft enterprise-wide solution
Services-Oriented Development of Applications (SODA)
XML.com: XML From the Inside Out

Web Standards (W3C, ISO, WASP, cross-platform, cross-browser)
ALA Topics: Browsers | Platform
Browser News
evolt.org web coding for browsers
evolt.org OS tools and info
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Government of Canada: Internet Guide
New York Public Library Style Guide
Object Management Group (OMG)
Web Standards Project
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Workflow (Core, Development, Planning, Process)
ALA Topics: Process, workflow, project management, targets, brainstorming, scope creep, teams
ALLPM – The Project Managers HomePage
DotProject – Includes Gantt charts, free option
Basecamp – Used by Digital Web Magazine
Copper Project
netOffice
Tasks
Taskware
Projectory
PMTool
TikiWiki – CMS and Groupware
Voodoo Pad
TWiki