Virginia DeBolt

I've enjoyed a number of parallel or serial careers. Teaching, writing, and web designing have all combined to create a mixed bag of web design writer and educator, tech writer, and blogger. I blog about that mix of topics at Web Teacher. I teach various web design topics in UNM's Continuing Education department. I've written several books about HTML, CSS, web standards, and Dreamweaver. I served several years as Tech section editor for BlogHer.com. I wrote 4 books for teachers about the writing process. I create a daily writing prompt at First 50 Words. This blog was named one of the 101 best blogs for writers by Writers' Digest for the last two years. I'm interested in pop culture and blog about it at Old Ain't Dead.

My Blogs

Contrast Ratio: A New Color Contrast Tool

Here’s a very nice new tool for checking color contrast against WCAG 2.0 standards for accessibility. It was created by Lea Verou and is called Contrast Ratio. The tool allows you to swap text color and background color ....more

Why have a wrapper div?

Students may have a problem grasping is the need for a wrapper div. I frequently find myself explaining it numerous times until the message finally sinks in. The metaphor I’ll use today will be to compare a wrapper div to a fence ....more

3 Ways to Add Instagram to a WordPress Blog

There are several choices open to you if you want to bring in your photos from Instagram into a WordPress blog: You can add a badge from Instagram, use embedding, or choose from a number of plugins. Place an Instagram Badge on Your Site Sign in to your account on Instagram. There’s a “badges” option in the menu ....more

3 Ways to Add Instagram to a WordPress Blog

There are several choices open to you if you want to bring in your photos from Instagram into a WordPress blog: You can add a badge from Instagram, use embedding, or choose from a number of plugins....more

Form New Habits for Working with CSS in Dreamweaver CC

The way the CSS Designer in Dreamweaver CC creates selectors is different from the way you may be in the habit of working with previous version of Dreamweaver. You now need to know more about creating an appropriate selector. Instead of relying on Dreamweaver to generate a good selector for you based on your selection in the Document window, you need to be ready to decide for yourself what the best selector should be ....more

Help Knowbility with this Indigogo project

Knowbility is a superb organization offering accessibility training, accessibility conferences, and accessibility information to web designers and developers. Now they want to develop online accessibiity training modules and they need your help. Please contribute to the Indigogo campaign for this worthy project ....more

Boost Site Accessibility With the WAVE Tool From WebAIM

Did you hear? A website should be accessible to everyone who comes to visit. Yeah, I'm sure you've heard that. But how do you know if you have an accessible site? There are all sorts of rules and checks involved in accessibility, but if you're working with a WordPress blogger who just wants to do the best with limited knowledge, there's one tool that can be a big help. It's the WAVE tool from WebAIM....more

How to Use the WAVE tool to Test and Boost Site Accessibility

Did you hear? A website should be accessible to everyone who comes to visit. Yeah, I’m sure you’ve heard that ....more

Sections and Articles are Not Generic Containers

The proper use of section and article elements in HTML5 is one of the sticking points to good implementation. If you’re teaching HTML5, or just learning about HTML5, here’s a tip for you. A section element (or an article element) should not be used as a container for styling purposes ....more

Improve Your SEO with the WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin

WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most useful WordPress plugins available. It's been downloaded by millions of WordPress users. At the WordPress plugin review page, there are almost 1000 reviews, with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. If you are like me and always check reviews before you download a plugin, you will agree that those are some impressive stats....more