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: 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  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 The meeting is, as usual, from 8 am – 9:30 am.

Download Bagels & Bytes 2008 Calendar & Directions


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