Welcome to the Windsor Live Blog. This weblog is dedicated to my family, friends, neighbours and all the hard working stiffs that also inhabit Windsor Ontario Canada. We have been kicked around and beaten down but will conquer the oppressors and take down the establishment if we need to!
Warning: The views and opinions contained within this weblog may piss you off. The views and opinions shared by others may piss you off further. But as the magic unfurls and you read on it may make you think about things from a different perspective. If things get too deep just remember one thing… It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on!
CTVglobemedia is shutting down our local “A” channel. This will leave us in Windsor without a local broadcaster and solely reliant on CKLW AM800 and a lackluster newspaper to get all of our news and information. Forget about local and cultural events, fundraisers, public awareness issues, etc. We have no choice but to tune into the Detroit media, if we get lucky a story will be big enough, have Detroit ties or be a very slow day in Detroit to hear anything.
This weblog is an extension of my website, windsorlive.com that I have been working on. I am developing the WindsorLive! Network to strike a balance between the typical internet user and the resources available. I am still working a few bugs out of the site that you wouldn’t notice unless you had an ancient or rare browser, the bugs will be removed. The next step is to integrate interactive features and functionality. The windsorlive.com website is primarily focused on web-accessibility and standards compliance right now and contains a wealth of information about the topics. These are principles that assure that websites are accessible to the vast majority of internet users as opposed to the targeted majority. The main difference being is that the features and technology being implemented on many new website are not easily rendered to a non traditional browser, obsolete computer or slow internet connections. Many of these issues are not the fault of the user so why should they be penalized? I, along with a few associates, are developing a web accessible community portal. Things are in the works and the functions will be similar to what you have become accustomed to with the popular social network platforms. The primary difference will be in the how the information is processed and rendered. There are ways to SEO a site, reduce load times, add features and functionality without lagging down the users browser and achieve fantastic search engine results, without cheating. Coming soon to a website near you!
I believe, firmly, that if you have a website that is within the public domain and accessible to the general public, you must assure an accessible version be made available. Retail Establishments, government, institution public transportation and publicly accessible venues must be accessible for those with disabilities and are regulated to be accessible. Why not the internet? I am absolutely certain that visually impaired people and those with other disabilities should be unburdened from enjoying the internet and all it has to offer.
The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
~ Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web