Re: Accessible web site creation tool?
- From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:29:45 +0000
On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 2:57 AM, Matthew Bullis <matthewbullis@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > I don't > need anything fancy, but may need things like creating simple contact > foirms, maybe a shopping cart in future, and basically a nice-looking, but > simple layout. I've created a few sites before, using Frontpage Express, > long discontinued, but those were text-only sites, link to link, and no > forms needed. If you're creating an ecommerce site you have three options: 1. Go with a hosted service like http://www.shopify.com/ (I don't know how accessible shopify is, there may be more accessible solutions). 2. Pay someone to build and maintain the site for you. Be warned quality is not cheap. 3. Learn programming and do it yourself. Be warned this will take a lot of time. The biggest barrier here is the learning curve rather than the accessibility of software, as you can do everything you need to do with the simplest of text editors. As a programmer I would encourage everyone to learn programming, but I would also stress that people program ecommerce websites as a career. To achieve a professional standard takes a lot of learning. And to send automated emails without becoming a spam vector, to handle credit card payments securely, to store customer details safely, to build a website that looks nice, is accessible, and works with different browsers, you need that professional standard. I'd be very wary of off-the-shelf software packages that claim to do this out of the box. You can mix and match these options; for example, you could go with a hosted service but pay someone to skin your store for you, you could built the backend yourself and pay someone else to create a pretty frontend, etc. If you want to go down the learning programming and doing it yourself route, let me know and I can recommend some resources to get you started. -- Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis -- JFW related links: JFW homepage: http://www.freedomscientific.com/ Scripting mailing list: http://lists.the-jdh.com/listinfo.cgi/scriptography-the-jdh.com JFW List instructions: To post a message to the list, send it to jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send a message to jfw-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line. Archives located at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/jfw Alternative archives located at: http://n2.nabble.com/JAWS-for-Windows-f2145279.html If you have any concerns about the list, post received from the list, or the way the list is being run, do not post them to the list. Rather contact the list owner at jfw-admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx