web development

Tim Chase blinux.list at thechases.com
Tue Oct 11 19:46:37 UTC 2005

> I was just wondering wwhat web development tools folks are 
> using?  Which rate high on the accessability scale?

How well do you know how to code for the web?  I personally just
use Vim and lynx for simple stuff in a session of screen.  But
then again, I'm quite comfortable with HTML, PHP and SQL so I
prefer not to have some development environment try and hold my
hand.  Vim has some nice plugins for making it easier to work
with HTML.  Some folks may prefer Emacs, Pico/Nano, "ed",
"edbrowse" (popular here on the list, so I'll give it a plug) or
whatever.  If you're really good, you can use "cat" or "echo"
(grins, ducks, and runs).

If you're just looking to do static pages, and are comfortable
with HTML, then a plain old text-editor should do quite well.  If
you're looking to do dynamic pages or applications, you can still
use a text-editor, but that takes knowing a bit more about the
language of choice.  Popular choices are PHP, Perl, and Python.
A good editor (such as Vim or Emacs) will have support to make
coding in these languages a little easier on you.

At a console, "screen" is an invaluable tool for monkeying
around, allowing you to cut&paste between consoles, jumping
quickly between them, not to mention starting a session on one
machine, detaching from it and resuming your coding session from
another machine via SSH, having everything just where you left it.

If you're not so comfortable with HTML, then there's nothing
better than sitting down with a primer and working your way
through some examples with a text-editor.

And as for accessibilty, it's all in the accessibilty of your
text editor.  For browsing, you can either use the web-browsing
mode of Emacs, or a full-fledged screen-reader like brltty for a
braille terminal, or screader/yasr/speakup for TTS.

My $0.02 on the matter.


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