Archive for “February, 2006”

The following entries were made in the “February, 2006” time-frame.

A long, cold 24 hours

Posted February 18th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

I’ve had my coffee and a nice hot shower. Warm food is next.

Just in case you were wondering, where’s Mike?… my family and I have been without good old fashioned ee-lek-tricity for the past 24 hours. It sucked royally, let me share:

Life as we know it comes to a screeching halt without the shock-juice. Thus we haven’t done anything but try to stay warm — it’s well below freezing here. No heat, no water, no toilet, no freakin’ coffee. Tried especially hard, I did, to keep the fingers of my right hand warm mindful of my occasional voyages outside in the icy wind. ;-)

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The Alt and Accessibility

Posted February 11th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

The idea here is to provide that which is needed only to deliver the content in a smooth and natural way.

The proper use of the alt attribute is perhaps one of the most misused, misunderstood, and most debated attributes. I’m not going to set out and try to change that or anyone’s thinking, but luckily I have permission from the owner to give you my hopefully comprehensive views and opinion, and that’s what I want to do, at least as it pertains to the use of the alt attribute on an accessible website.

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Accessible Form Results

Posted February 8th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

That’s all there is to it. Save the files and go. You’re done.

After playing around with some modifications to Dan Champion’s Accesskey Script in use at, I discovered a significant improvement to the self-returning form result to make it more accessible. I have recently been going through my forms, starting with those on the site mentioned above, one at a time, improving their level of accessibility by adding a simple ID to the results heading and a bookmark pointing to the results heading on the form submit self-target. I haven’t changed my PHP contact form download (yet), but herein I will describe the changes which are quite simple to implement so you may do it yourself.

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Fiction: The Spot

Posted February 7th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

Breathing through the pen tube evaporated any saliva I had in my mouth.

The best stories are those that make the reader say “no kidding,” “how true,” or “yep, that’s me.” This story is one such tale, yet it isn’t. It better not be. If it is, for you, you’re one hard-working web developer and you might want to go to bed after the movie tonight. Enjoy!

The Spot

“What the hell is that smell? Turpentine?” Tommy asked as we stepped into the elevator.

“It’s acetone.” I said.

“Acetone?!” Tommy questioned, one eyebrow raised.

“Yeah, it happened last night. Something… something really weird happened. It’s sort of a long story.

“We’ve got time, Mike,” Tommy said.

“All right. It all started around six…

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