2. Open Source in Computers and Composition
3. Defining Access
4. The Access Research Agenda
5. Access and Open Source Research
6. Conclusion: Directions and Challenges
8. A Note on Webtext Design
Note on Webtext Design
I created this webtext using NVU, an open source web editor program. I have always written my html code directly when creating web documents, but for the last few years I have been using Drupal, an open source blogging tool, for my writing on the web, and I'm out of practice with my html coding. Also, the code has changed since I first learned it in 1997. NVU's code is generally compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for accessibility.
I have also purposefully designed this webtext to make minimal use of resources. As Karl Stolley writes in "The Lo-Fi Manifesto,"
[d]igital scholars in the loosely defined fields of rhetoric and composition, computers and writing, and technical communication should create free and open source artifacts that are software- and device-independent" (2008).
These artifacts would not require any special plug-ins to access. I know how to make and embed audio and video, and I have a great appreciation for such multimedia scholarship, but for this article, I don't believe the subject matter necessitates the use of video, audio, or high-resolution image files. Choosing not to include these helps users without broadband internet access and those whose computers do not have a lot of memory to access my article more quickly and easily, thus breaking down what may in some cases be a barrier to entry.