Hundreds of Free, Open-Source Web Fonts

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Google has launched a web fonts site that lets you browse through hundreds of free, open source fonts that are optimized for the web. You simply pick the fonts you like, review them used with actual text (no lorem ipsum), then click the ‘use’ button. You can choose from plain, bold, italic and see the impact on page load time and then download the fonts, or simply add a snippet of code to the header of your website to refer directly to the font.

 

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Stolen Camera Finder

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You’ve just taken a dozens of images you were planning to sell or add to your website when you suddenly realize that you don’t have your camera. Has it been lost or stolen? Then you’re thinking of all the pictures on your camera: what will the people that stole it or found your camera do with them? Will they simply delete them, or will the pictures end up on the web, possibly Photoshopped in some undesirable way? Then you’re thinking why the industry hasn’t introduced passwords on consumer cameras, or a function that will self-destruct the camera, or something like a Lo-Jack for cameras, or a camera finder of any kind…

So you can’t remotely delete the photos and you can’t destroy the camera. The next best thing is to use stolen camera finder. All you have to do is drag and drop one of the images you had taken with the camera previously onto the page and the site will show search results of other images that have been taken with the exact same camera. This service works by using Exif data embedded within your photo to search the web for photos taken with the same camera.

If you don’t have any photos handy that have been taken with the stolen camera, you can also type your camera’s ‘internal’ serial number if you have it (usually not the one on the box) into a search box to see who’s posting pictures with your camera. Exif is a standard used by digital cameras and other electronics and may also include your camera’s ‘internal’ serial number. This may be a long shot, and if your camera isn’t listed, this tool won’t work. It also won’t work searching on Facebook or MySpace because they scrape the Exif info from the photos according to the site.

(To see the actual data your current camera embeds within your photos, try Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer.)

See what can happen if you have an Eye-Fi card installed in your lost/stolen camera.

Web Accessibility Checker

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How accessible is your site to folks with disabilities? You can find out easily with the web accessibility checker at the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet website at .

Simply put, accessibility means making resources usable by the largest number of people possible. Techniques used to make the Internet and Web accessible can range from very simple, like adding the ‘alt’ or ‘longdesc’ attribute, to the more complex, like changing scripts, navigation and structure of a site.

When we used the web accessibility checker to test our site the results resembled a to-do list with instructions. Changing the ‘alt’ attribute for images came up several times. This is a reminder that a text equivalent for every non-text element should be provided and the use of the word ‘image’ or ‘.jpg, .gif, .bmp, .jpeg’ within the text should be avoided, which makes sense because it’s not descriptive of what the image actually is. The text used within the ‘alt’ attribute should also be shorter than 81 characters.

Applying these techniques will help a visually impaired person access the content of a web page with software which will read text and describe the images it encounters on the page.

Other suggestions that may come up when you test your site are that redundant text links should be provided for each active region of a server-side image map; and that row and column headers should be identified for data tables for example.

For resources on making your site more accessible, including a Section 508 checklist, visit the ICDRI’s .

Wallpapers and Backgrounds in Different Sizes

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For a beautiful selection of free photo backgrounds and wallpapers in different sizes, visit iskin.co.uk‘s website. The site offers backgrounds and wallpapers for different cell phones, mobile devices and desktop monitor resolutions.

Any images that are presented in a square format have been created for screens that can be viewed horizontally or vertically so there are no gaps, like the iPad for example. Some of the wallpaper and background sizes available on their website:

Cell phones and mobile:
iPhone portrait (320×480) iPhone landscape (320×480) Palm/Treo (320×320)
iPad wallpaper (1024×1024) iPhone 4 high resolution portrait (640×960) iPhone 4 landscape (960×640)

iMac and other 1440×900

4:3 Standard Aspect Wallpaper
1024×768 (XGA)
1600×1200 (UXGA)
1280×1024 (SXGA)

16:10 Wide Screen Desktop
1280×800 (WXGA 1024k)
1680×1050 (WSXGA+)

16:9 Wide Screen Laptop or Palmtop
1280×720 (WXGA 922k)

Full HD
1920×1080

spinning top wallpaper

Frequency of Expressions and Phrases on the Web

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Not sure about how that saying went, or what pronoun to use with a specific expression? If you’re a native English speaker, or you’ve learned English as a foreign language, Netspeak is a great tool for improving your writing.

Enter the beginning of a phrase into the search box and the different and most frequent ways that phrase or expression are used is shown. You can sort the results by the most frequent order of the words, and the most common option. It doesn’t mean that the results you’ll get are the correct way an expression is used, but they are the most frequent and common ways an expression is used.