Linux Users areLinux Users are
People, Too!People, Too!
Charles SoutherlandCharles Southerland
Stuph LabsStuph Labs
OpenBe...
So what is the problem?So what is the problem?
Simply put, if any potential user of aSimply put, if any potential user of ...
Unfortunately, many Linux users haveUnfortunately, many Linux users have
become used to broken websites.become used to bro...
Admittedly, the side-effects of certainAdmittedly, the side-effects of certain
broken websites can be good for us...broken...
...but broken websites are never a good...but broken websites are never a good
thing for business.thing for business.
Many websites that look fine on oneMany websites that look fine on one
particular platform...particular platform...
……do not look fine on another.do not look fine on another.
These broken websites often effectThese broken websites often effect
users of other operating systems, too.users of other ...
Of course, the issues with brokenOf course, the issues with broken
websites are a two-way street...websites are a two-way ...
Not even Windows users are immuneNot even Windows users are immune
to the plague of broken websites.to the plague of broke...
Broken websites very rarely look goodBroken websites very rarely look good
on mobile devices.on mobile devices.
Web crawlers and screen readers onlyWeb crawlers and screen readers only
see text and relative position.see text and relat...
What ever can we do, oh wise one?What ever can we do, oh wise one?
Here are 5 easyHere are 5 easy
steps you can takesteps ...
Step 1: ALT/TITLE TAGS!Step 1: ALT/TITLE TAGS!
Step 2: Test Multiple PlatformsStep 2: Test Multiple Platforms
(Not Just Multiple Browsers)(Not Just Multiple Browsers)
Step 3: Hold Back on Flash, Java,Step 3: Hold Back on Flash, Java,
Silverlight, Proprietary Formats, etc.Silverlight, Prop...
Step 4: Design Belongs in CSSStep 4: Design Belongs in CSS
Step 5: ValidatorsStep 5: Validators
In Conclusion:In Conclusion:
Small steps like these can make a hugeSmall steps like these can make a huge
difference in th...
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!
Stuph Labs is a new GNU/LinuxStuph Labs is a new GNU/Linux
consulting and...
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Adhering to the established web standards can go a long way toward expanding your audience, especially to Linux users. Presented at OpenBeta 3.

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  1. 1. Linux Users areLinux Users are People, Too!People, Too! Charles SoutherlandCharles Southerland Stuph LabsStuph Labs OpenBeta3OpenBeta3 The Importance of OpenThe Importance of Open Standards in the WebStandards in the Web
  2. 2. So what is the problem?So what is the problem? Simply put, if any potential user of aSimply put, if any potential user of a website is unable to see or use anywebsite is unable to see or use any aspect of that website in the exactaspect of that website in the exact manner in which it was designed, thenmanner in which it was designed, then the website isthe website is brokenbroken..
  3. 3. Unfortunately, many Linux users haveUnfortunately, many Linux users have become used to broken websites.become used to broken websites.
  4. 4. Admittedly, the side-effects of certainAdmittedly, the side-effects of certain broken websites can be good for us...broken websites can be good for us...
  5. 5. ...but broken websites are never a good...but broken websites are never a good thing for business.thing for business.
  6. 6. Many websites that look fine on oneMany websites that look fine on one particular platform...particular platform...
  7. 7. ……do not look fine on another.do not look fine on another.
  8. 8. These broken websites often effectThese broken websites often effect users of other operating systems, too.users of other operating systems, too.
  9. 9. Of course, the issues with brokenOf course, the issues with broken websites are a two-way street...websites are a two-way street...
  10. 10. Not even Windows users are immuneNot even Windows users are immune to the plague of broken websites.to the plague of broken websites.
  11. 11. Broken websites very rarely look goodBroken websites very rarely look good on mobile devices.on mobile devices.
  12. 12. Web crawlers and screen readers onlyWeb crawlers and screen readers only see text and relative position.see text and relative position.
  13. 13. What ever can we do, oh wise one?What ever can we do, oh wise one? Here are 5 easyHere are 5 easy steps you can takesteps you can take that will make athat will make a huge difference inhuge difference in usability for thoseusability for those of us on otherof us on other platforms.platforms.
  14. 14. Step 1: ALT/TITLE TAGS!Step 1: ALT/TITLE TAGS!
  15. 15. Step 2: Test Multiple PlatformsStep 2: Test Multiple Platforms (Not Just Multiple Browsers)(Not Just Multiple Browsers)
  16. 16. Step 3: Hold Back on Flash, Java,Step 3: Hold Back on Flash, Java, Silverlight, Proprietary Formats, etc.Silverlight, Proprietary Formats, etc.
  17. 17. Step 4: Design Belongs in CSSStep 4: Design Belongs in CSS
  18. 18. Step 5: ValidatorsStep 5: Validators
  19. 19. In Conclusion:In Conclusion: Small steps like these can make a hugeSmall steps like these can make a huge difference in the usability of yourdifference in the usability of your website on other platforms. Even thewebsite on other platforms. Even the smallest amount of effort to fix yoursmallest amount of effort to fix your broken website will be appreciated.broken website will be appreciated.
  20. 20. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME! Stuph Labs is a new GNU/LinuxStuph Labs is a new GNU/Linux consulting and support companyconsulting and support company based in Oklahoma City.based in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit our websiteFor more information, visit our website atat http://stuph.net/http://stuph.net/, or email me at, or email me at charlie@stuphlabs.comcharlie@stuphlabs.com..

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