Usability Week 2009 Conference – Dec. 7-11 in San Francisco –
FETC (Florida Educators Technology Conference) – Jan. 12-15 in Orlando -
EduCause Learning Initiative: Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World – Jan. 19-21 in Austin, TX –
MacWorld Expo
– Feb. 9-13 in San Francisco –
EduCause Southwest Regional Conference – Feb. 17-19 in Austin TX –
In Control 2010 Orlando Web Design Workshop Conference – Feb. 22-23 in Orlando –
EduRG Conference: Future of Education & Technology – Feb. 27-28 in Phoenix –


(Note: Since this information is only for "Windows-based development boxes" it may not work with servers at the University of Kentucky running Unix or other systems.)

Earlier this year Microsoft released a small piece of software called the Web Platform Installer (Web PI)—a dead-simple way to install a complete suite of web software on your Windows machine. It offers IIS with a number of extensions, SQL Server, ASP.NET, PHP, and a wide range of free web applications and tools. The inclusion of PHP might be surprising to some, but Microsoft has been making efforts to improve PHP performance under IIS, and the brand-new Windows Cache Extension for PHP is among the software available for installation with this tool. Building on that, there are also a number of high quality open-source PHP apps included in the Installer’s Web Applications section, including Drupal, WordPress, and SugarCRM.

The Web Platform Installer can be a great way to set up a Windows-based development box, or quickly launch a blog or CMS for your small business.

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Whether you're a beginner or think of yourself a seasoned pro you can never have too many checklists. This one is a must to make sure you are doing things right with usability and accessibility on your UK web pages.

While published in 2004 by Max Design, an Australian web design and web development business that specializes in fresh, dynamic sites with a strong focus on Cascading Style Sheets, usability, accessibility and web standards, it is till relevant to today's standards.

Take a look and you'll find helpful tips you may have forgotten or some new ones you never knew, all will make your site and pages trim, usable and accessible.

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Since a recent question came up about where this important document is located it prompted a closer look at the purpose and use of this form.

Formerly labeled and linked as the "Image Consent Form" in the "I" section of the online forms pages it has now taken its rightful place among the "P" section.

The Photo Consent Form allows the University and its affiliates to get legal written permission to use someone's image for any purpose it deems necessary - educational publications, videos, electronic publishing (which includes the web), promotion, advertising, and any news media as long as UK gives permission.

The best practice is to get someone's written permission BEFORE you engage in an interview, or video or photo session. However, in cases where this is not feasible it is a good idea to get their written permission afterwards, even if you have to mail it to them. If you don't get their permission don't use their image.

While it may be assumed that UK employees and students are exempt it would be prudent to get their permission before publishing their image on a web site. In cases where someone asks you to remove their photo from your page or site please follow their wish.

Any questions regarding the form can be answered at