Allegheny B&B – October Meeting Notes

We had our October meeting at ACHIEVA’s lovely meeting room on the South Side!  Here are the resources and issues we discussed during the meeting:

What (if anything) is your organization doing with Web Site Accessibility?  What is driving the need for web accessibility at your organization?  What specific topics are of interest to you?

  • Working on ADA compliance (vague but required)
  • Clients are calling and requesting accessibility be added to the site
  • Having difficulty with policy interpretation – it seems that the exact definition of and guidelines for an accessible web site changes frequently
  • I think our site is accessible – but am I missing anything?  I wish there was a checklist available for guidance/compliance
  • Interested in a CSS/markup class to learn how to code CSS-driven web sites (many people currently using Dreamweaver or a CMS)

Database Consolidation

  • A B&B member mentioned that she has several databases that she needs to combine (2-3 in SQL and 1 in FoxPro).  Wanted to know if APIs were the best way to connect them.
  • Group agrees that APIs are a possibility, but could also combine into one database if choose to do so.
  • If combine, pay attention to unique IDs, know your data intimately so you can match fields.
  • Duplicate records are always an issue when combining data.
  • Spend time with users on the front end before designing the database.
  • Getting users to actually buy into and use a consolidated database is one of the trickiest tasks in this type of project.

Other Resources Mentioned During Meeting


SAVE THE DATE – TechNow 2008 Conference – Thursday, October 30, 2008

  • Look for updates on speakers and breakout session for our upcoming TechNow conference: http://technow2008.wordpress.com. Online registration for the conference should be available by Monday, September 8, 2008. Look for a registration link on the TechNow site or go to http://www.rmu.edu/bcnm(P.S.  The Early Bird deadline is Thursday, October 9!!)

Next Meeting:

  • Our next meeting is November 5 at Achieva on the South Side. If anyone has any topic suggestions or any issues you’d like to discuss at the meeting, please email them to me at leonard@rmu.edu. The meeting is, as usual, from 8 am – 9:30 am.

Download Bagels & Bytes 2008 Calendar & Directions

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