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1. Joomla Usability Sucks
(News/Joomla)
...ent our findings. Over the last few months Absalom Media has been engaging in auditing of the new ACL / Access Control System which controls workflow and processing for the administration of a Joom...
Monday, 14 September 2009

.../photos/absalomedia/3578267523/ In essence you would be able to view the site structure based on who had access to view it (for private content), create it (page editing), approve it (editorial autho...
Sunday, 31 May 2009

The codebase that is known as Joomla has been talked of implementing business processes, through access rules, since 2003 back when the product was known as Mambo 4.5.x. Now with the advent of Joomla
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

... designer, such as myself, who focuses on usability, does more than just deliver 'pretty'. Usability and accessibility is both an art and a science unto itself. Drawing upon both engineering principl...
Wednesday, 20 February 2008

5. Camping at the Bar
(News/Culture)
...om my interactions with the Web Standards Group, the Australian Web Industry Association and the Guild of Accessible Web Designers. As GAWDS is an international body, it doesn't have a local chapter i...
Saturday, 24 November 2007

6. The Joomla! community
(News/Joomla)
...e design changes within the software product. All factors of HCI, user experience testing, usability, web accessibility and the like are removed from the perspective of the developers because the comm...
Monday, 30 July 2007

...his book isn't just for beginners. It deals with the intricacies of deploying AJAX services, dealing with accessibility problems using AJAX, and provides code, guides and various online interactions. ...
Tuesday, 03 July 2007

8. Memberships
(Legal/Standards)
...wrence Meckan, is also a fully paid member of the Australian Web Industry Association and of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers. We are also part of the Joint Commercial Developers Alliance that ...
Saturday, 30 June 2007

.... Business continues as usual. We still continue to produce high quality commercially licenced design and accessibility work for your business, regardless of the content management system you use. Th...
Thursday, 21 June 2007

10. The cheese isn't stolen
(News/Joomla)
...CRM packages I've worked with have significant problems with duplicate data. How to ensure that users can access that information and have it removed under Freedom of Information so that their privacy...
Tuesday, 12 June 2007

...hink both their branding and marketing strategy for this product and project. Who is "Clearance" clearing access for ? The people who may own your details on OSM's Offical Joomla! community forums ? ...
Monday, 11 June 2007

The accessibility community, which I remain part of, is somewhat abuzz with the discussions surrounding the use of the abbreviation element as part of microformat calendar dating, post dating and revi
Monday, 30 April 2007

... moderators of the Joomla! community. The first instance was with daestrom, who posted on the Design and Accessibility forum, regarding the failure of Joomla! as an open source CMS as given in review...
Sunday, 29 April 2007

14. Loreal, marketing and art
(News/Culture)
...d Carlton Gardens. So what was gleaned from this ? Firstly, during the L'oreal Fashion Fest, on a public access night, it become obvious that graphic designers and fashion designers are markedly diff...
Tuesday, 24 April 2007

15. Wiki Birthday Meme
(News/Culture)
Randomly channel surfing across the accessibility blogosphere, I came across this.. which is in turn based on this.. otherwise known as the Wiki Birthday Meme... so what is it? Well, apart from maki
Friday, 20 April 2007

16. Joomla! Summer of Code
(News/Joomla)
...k of developing some form of application/plugin for Joomla! as part of my work within the Usability & Accessibility / Design & Accessibility Working Group, it's obvious that the solution I've prov...
Monday, 09 April 2007

17. Logomaid: Mud and honesty
(News/Design)
...as. This is where, again, within Joomla!, things aren't exactly what they seem. Various people across the accessibility community, including myself, have had various serious accusations levelled at us...
Saturday, 24 March 2007

18. The Holy Grail
(News/Joomla)
...gration into Community Builder and JACL+, allowing a ubitiqious transfer of resources between XFN, CB and access rights Now this has taken a while to mature, but that's okay. All good things take time...
Tuesday, 13 March 2007

19. Bee's nest
(News/Joomla)
Extensive testing with JAWS 8 has found the Beez template is actually negotiable by a screen reader, if still suffering from a few design nuances that need to be fixed. This is actually one of the bes
Monday, 05 March 2007

20. Beehive machina
(News/Joomla)
... been an awful lot of fanfare on the Joomla! forums about the newfangled Beez template, developed by the "accessibility" side of the Design & Accessibility team, in the hope that it provides the c...
Thursday, 01 March 2007

21. Professionalism and change
(News/Culture)
...industry, whilst new, already has professional advocates inside it's ranks in terms of web standards, web accessibility and the nature of the web. In this way, whatever work by a professional that adv...
Monday, 26 February 2007

22. Back in the groove
(News/News)
... market has grown over time, so has the services we deliver. These services include: Web standards based, accessible templates for Joomla!, Mambo and Wordpress. We also do other flat file templates on...
Sunday, 18 February 2007

23. Good business practices
(News/Design)
...tion of an enterprise.? Today's news that a major US discount retailer, Target, is being sued for lack of accessibility in regards to its site design and construction, should help educate the business...
Friday, 10 February 2006

24. Darkened forge
(News/Mambo)
...naccountable company holding control over all Mambo-related assets (The Forge, domain names, servers, CVS access). Absalom Media is currently finalising the next revisions of the Mambo 4.0.14 templat...
Thursday, 08 December 2005

25. Mambo 4.5.3 Review
(News/Mambo)
... negative: Lack of patTemplating / Push CMS mentality Slated dropping of PHPGACL used to manage users and access Poor accessibility compliance still across each area of the Mambo core. The CVS edition...
Thursday, 01 December 2005

26. Template competition
(News/Mambo)
...for Mambo before the Foundation fired the previous core team. As it stands, the Freedom template includes accessibility considerations at less than 2K of actual templating code. I also plan to do some...
Sunday, 13 November 2005

27. Land of the living
(News/News)
...e in the open source web development world who use Absalom Media as their resource for all things design, accessibility and technical on the web, we are back now, to continue providing templates, desi...
Friday, 11 November 2005

28. Mambo and WAI
(News/Mambo)
Just browsing the forums, I noticed that the new team are still discussing WAI accessibility compliance for Mambo. Some of the new team even went as far as saying that Mambo 4.5.2.3 exceeds the tests
Wednesday, 26 October 2005

29. Who Owns You?
(News/Mambo)
...atters, especially in terms of standards. That is part of the meme of Web 2.0 - everything being open and accessible to all. And to think I bumped into people who knew the original 4.0 dev team from ...
Saturday, 22 October 2005

30. Cultural Voice
(News/we05)
...d design is to create a meaningful experience for the person who uses that design. That is why usability, accessibility, colour choices and other factors play a part in the creative vision. A website...
Thursday, 29 September 2005

31. Bag This
(News/we05)
...airly simple choice as to what stream I'll be doing. Tomorrow I'll be seeing Roger Hudson explain accessible forms, something severely lacking from Mambo, although now better implemented in Jo...
Wednesday, 28 September 2005

32. Please Use This
(News/Joomla)
...he web experience, it doesn't do it's job. Now, I've been appointed as part of the Usability, Accessibility and Standards team for Joomla. What this means is that I am giving my technica...
Wednesday, 28 September 2005

33. 350,000 and banned
(News/Mambo)
Today the Mambo Communities moderators chose to remove my access to the Mamboserver forum. As the open source project I manage as a third party developer for Mambo has had over 350,000 downloads from
Friday, 02 September 2005

34. Case studies
(News/News)
Absalom Media has now opened up an area for design case studies on accessibility, design, usability and functionality
Saturday, 27 August 2005

35. Money matters
(News/Design)
...of the file. The only use of CSS is for very basic styling, but not for positioning. This is contrary to accessibility standards, which makes their FAQ on NetBank somewhat contradictory NetBank Plac...
Saturday, 27 August 2005

36. Tax accessibility
(News/Design)
...site,? goes against the mentality and legislation set out for Australian Government website standards for accessibility and authentication. By being browser independent, accessibility and usability ...
Saturday, 27 August 2005

37. Semantic Ideas
(News/Mambo)
...ct a semantic, 'webified' document, especially when the document is linearized. This may also influence accessibility considerations as a definitive site structure may not be built if all content an...
Sunday, 10 July 2005

38. Pattern Recognition
(News/Mambo)
...it's integrated pattern templating for all core components, Mambo moves into the realm of extensible, accessible content management systems. As pattern templating allows a clear delineation betwee...
Monday, 27 June 2005

39. Designspace
(News/News)
...o deliver a professional design tutorial using the latest CSS techniques. We also have just released the Accesskeys modification for Mambo 4.5.x, which integrates dynamic accesskey management into th...
Sunday, 17 April 2005

40. Project Orange
(News/Mambo)
With the push towards accessibility within Mambo, Absalom Media has sought to deliver key tools to help deliver tableless, accessible design for our clients and users. So this is the concept: "
Wednesday, 23 March 2005

41. To Tell A Story
(News/Mambo)
...e online content management system and another 9,000 page site into something which has web standards and accessibility. In both projects, the same issues have arisen, in regards to usability, scalabi...
Sunday, 27 February 2005

42. The Giant's Drink
(News/Mambo)
...box on the basic front page, it does not conform to 508 standards for every core component at this time. Accessibility issues, especially in regards to accesskeys, link list management, anchor titlin...
Friday, 25 February 2005

...odology for all our clients, both in the corporate sector and elsewhere. This methodology aims to provide accessibility standards designs, code and customisation that not only benefits the client, but...
Friday, 25 February 2005

44. Accessibility
(Legal/Standards)
...dards. Any pages that do not conform are currently being recoded to conform to these standards. Access Keys Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the...
Monday, 14 February 2005

45. Tutorials
(News/Mambo)
...ked questions Management Mambo user management Mambo module management for Mambo 4.5.3 Project Orange : Accesskeys installation procedure There are also a few global presentations that I've delivere...
Thursday, 11 November 2004

46. CSS: Styling the world
(News/Mambo)
... Secondly, W3C based CSS designs open up your business to alternate streams of income through greater web accessibility. This means customers using screen readers and other forms of web interaction ca...
Tuesday, 05 October 2004

47. Forbidden
(Errors/Errors)
Access Forbidden: Too many users are connected at this time. Absalom Media's web server is busy and cannot process your request due to heavy traffic. Please try to connect again later; usually in
Friday, 20 February 2004

48. Locked Out
(Errors/Errors)
Unauthorized Access: Logon Failed. Whatever credentials you just passed to the server do not match the credentials required to log into Absalom Media. Please contact Absalom Media's administ
Friday, 20 February 2004

49. Latest gossip
(News/News)
You can again access?GPL and Creative Commons designs by Absalom Media as our?download section is now restored. Purchasing is also online - which includes our latest commercial design, Technology.
Thursday, 29 January 2004

50. Ken Ross Jewellers
(Portfolio/Community)
...weller in the inner Eastern suburbs providing stunning jewellery, high quality watches and other types of accessories. Absalom Media provided a site update, SEO optimisation, integration and hosting a...
Monday, 27 October 2003


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