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#MyFriendAlexa - How To Make Your Blog Accessible?

So far, my two posts on accessibility might have given you a fair idea why we should care about accessibility. The first blog throws light on the meaning of accessibility, and the second post explains a common accessibility issue present in most of the blogs. Accessibility gives wings to those special people among us, who are struggling hard to make their identity. Living a life with any sort of disability is really tough, but thanks to technology things are improving. With technical aspect, accessibility needs human regard as well, where we all give our contribution in making this world accessibility for specially-abled people. That is why I have dedicated my posts of #myfriendalexa series to digital/wed accessibility.

I hope by now you want to include Everyone as your readers with making your blog accessible. You want to enhance the way you are designing your posts. You even know web accessibility is good for search engine optimization (SEO). Yes, this is true. But you are bewilder…
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#MyFriendAlexa - Is Your Content Visible To Everyone?

What is an accessible website or blog?
I want to change my blog but where to start?
I am not a technical person. Will I be able to apply accessibility in my blog?
Is there any rule book or guideline?

Yes, there is!

There are many companies who have created web accessibility standards. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Then there is another standard MAS (Microsoft Accessibility Standard) and couple of more. These are actually rules that guide people on how to do changes in the HTML of the website/blog so as to make it accessible for all. But those standard are more understandable for people like me who work full-time in testing websites against accessibility standards. My team also makes software that both checks websites against accessibility standards and fix accessibility issues in them. No wonder this is we are supposed to do as software profession…

#MyFriendAlexa - The Most Common Accessibility Issue in Blogs

In my first blog of accessibility series, I tried to explain what is digital accessibility. I put stress on the importance of accessibility and promised that I will help in making our blogs accessible. When a website is correctly designed and developed, all users can have equal access to the sites' information, functionality, and benefits. But not many of us have much control over the design of the blog website we own.

We normally take a pre-designed and developed template. We also go for customization if needed but that is limited to using customization user interface provided by the website provider. Some of us try our hands into the actual technology used for the website development (HTML/CSS/PHP/Javascript). What type of website owner you are, decides the level of accessibility compliance you can achieve for your website. But first I would like you to understand how specially-abled people access the digital world. They use Assistive technology (AT) which enables persons with d…

Worshiping Krishna.. वसुदॆव सुतं दॆवं कंस चाणूर मर्दनम्..

Shri Krishna Ashtakam is a worshiping prayer devoted to Lord  Krishna praising his powers and glory. Ashtakam means a prayer which contains eight hymns(slokas). Each hymn or verse is composed of four phrases, each describing one quality or great acts of Sri Krishna. And, each sloka is composed in two lines. It is believed that krishnashtakam lyrics possess great powers. Here is the English translation of this holy verse :

वसुदॆव सुतं दॆवं कंस चाणूर मर्दनम् । दॆवकी परमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् ॥1॥
Vasudeva Sutam Devam Kansa Chanura Mardanam... Devaki Paramanandam Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum..

I pay my tribute to the teacher of this world Krishna, who is the son of Vasudev, who killed Kansa and Chanura and who is the source of great joy to Devaki.

अतसी पुष्प सङ्काशं हार नूपुर शॊभितम् ।रत्न कङ्कण कॆयूरं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् ॥ |2|
Atasi Pushpa Sankasham Hara Nupura Shobhitam..Ratna Kankana Keyuram Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum...

I salute to the teacher of this world Krishna, who is surr…

A Quote That Changed My Life

The very thought of being away from my son all day long sometimes makes me feel low. Being a working woman, I seldom feel that my responsibilities as a mother remain overlooked. The talks of some non-working friends & family ladies add more to this worry of mine. Some of them never worked and many of them had to leave their jobs in order to fulfill the responsibility as a mother. My life often takes me to the thought of becoming a homemaker so that I can stay at home all the time for my son. However, at the same moment, I also realize my responsibility towards my family which includes my in-laws and my aging parents who need financial support from me. My role of being a working woman allows me to share the financial responsibilities of my husband. I have worked against all odds to make a career. So, how can I abandon all this? But should I not take better care of my family?

When my boys was an infant, I saw him playing and enjoying with the family living in my neighborhood. He lo…

#MyFriendAlexa - Is Your Blog For Everyone?

A Bit of Introduction 

Two months back, I joined a new company as a software project manager. And with this, I also shifted to a new city. I could not write much during this shifting time, as there were many other things that needed my attention on priority. With a new job, new city and a new house, I faced challenges of finding a new school for my kid, a new market where I can buy staple items and a new setup for my family which was in habit of living a comfortable life in Delhi. #MyFriendAlexa I took as an opportunity to proffer life back to my blog which was the most neglected entity of my world during this movement and adjustment span. My target is to write 8 posts for #MyFriendAlexa campaign in which 4 will make you a bit more compassionate person, and remaining 4 will make you more informed.

The First Post Of #MyFriendAlexa 

Coming back to the title of this post, I know you might be awed to read it. Of course, there is no discrimination who can read the blog and who not. Our blog…

Ten Tales by Surbhi Mahobia - A Review

Have you come across a book for which you wanted to read beyond the last chapter? "Ten Tales" from Surbhi Mahobia is one such book.  "Ten Tales" is a compilation of ten short stories for children aged 8 years and above. These stories are a mix of magic, mystery, thrill, suspense, happiness, and excitement. Although the book blurb says that it is a book for children, I feel it is a must-read for adults as well.

Every story of this book is beautifully crafted. One after other, when I was reading the stories, I was getting heartfelt. Those were cute yet deeply touching. Surabhi has done a great job with her book. I could not find anything that is missing from this book. Stories are exciting. They keep the reader hooked. Although the book has a few stories that have realities of this world, yet their fictional end is soothing. It leaves you with a thought placed in your mind. The book is perfectly designed. Everything comes well aligned. It is a pleasing read through …