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September 2014 Issue 388

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - SEPTEMBER 13th
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110
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UPCOMING MEETING

EXTENDED ROUND-TABLE

Unlike years past we are depending on crowd sourced topics and presenters for main meeting program presentations. As of this time there are no main presentation topics in the queue and no presenters in the queue.

So we will be having just an extended round-table of free form topics.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

As the club becomes smaller, it becomes more important than ever to respond to meeting invitations distributed from my Google Calendar. If I do not receive enough YES responses indicating member intentions to participate in a meeting, the meeting will be cancelled!


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance:
9 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, August 9th. One of the 9 attendees was a virtual attendee via Google+ Hangout video chat.

Main Meeting Q&A:
We began the meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

John D -

Rich T -

Bill B -

Peter W -

Ted K -

Don W -

Joan S -

Layton F -

John M -

Main Meeting Program:
There was no main meeting program agenda.


RELATED SIDEBAR

This section contains web links & other info related to the club email or some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.

This month the technical spotlight is on web site tools for the developer and owner.

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WEBSITE VALIDATORS by W3C
(FREE)

About W3C

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.

Validate by URI

This validator checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc. If you wish to validate specific content such as RSS/Atom feeds or CSS stylesheets, MobileOK content, or to find broken links, there are other validators and tools available. As an alternative you can also try our non-DTD-based validator.

The W3C validators rely on community support for hosting and development.

W3C mobileOK Checker

This checker performs various tests on a Web Page to determine its level of mobile-friendliness. The tests are defined in the mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0 specification. A Web Page is mobileOK when it passes all the tests. Please refer to the About page for more details. If you wish to validate specific content such as markup validitation, or RSS/Atom feeds, or CSS stylesheets, or to find broken links, there are other validators and tools available.

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W3COUNTER created by Awio Web Services
(Free & Pro-$$ versions of service available)

About Awio

Awio is a startup based in Pennsylvania, USA. We build services that help you do business online — attract new web traffic, track how it interacts with your website, and identify which of your ads lead to sales.

Awio Web Services LLC
219 Chatham Pl
Lansdale, PA 19446

W3Counter

W3Counter is your free, hosted, easy-to-use website analytics solution for answering the key questions about your website: who's your audience, how they find your site, and what interests them.

The free W3Counter is restricted to a single web site. For web sites with less than 5000 page views per day, get free web stats reports for life.

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GOOGLE'S PAGESPEED INSIGHTS
https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

About PageSpeed Insights

Page Speed Insights measures the performance of a page for mobile devices and desktop devices. It fetches the url twice, once with a mobile user-agent, and once with a desktop-user agent.

The PageSpeed Score ranges from 0 to 100 points. A higher score is better and a score of 85 or above indicates that the page is performing well. Please note that PageSpeed Insights is being continually improved and so the score will change as we add new rules or improve our analysis.

PageSpeed Insights measures how the page can improve its performance on:

However, since the performance of a network connection varies considerably, PageSpeed Insights only considers the network-independent aspects of page performance: the server configuration, the HTML structure of a page, and its use of external resources such as images, JavaScript, and CSS. Implementing the suggestions should improve the relative performance of the page. However, the absolute performance of the page will still be dependent upon a user’s network connection.

Each suggestion is rated with a priority indicator to indicate its importance.


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

HTML VALIDATOR BROWSER EXTENSION
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/html-validator/
(FREE; Firefox)

HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing.

The extension can validate the HTML sent by the server or the HTML in the memory (after Ajax execution).

The details of the errors are seen when looking the HTML source of the page.

The extension is based on Tidy and OpenSP (SGML Parser). Both algorithms were originally developed by the Web Consortium W3C. And now extended and improved by a lot of persons. Both algorithms are embedded inside Mozilla/Firefox and makes the validation locally on your machine, without sending HTML to a third party server.

Each algorithm has advantages and inconveniences. The program will give you the choice at startup. But mostly,

page source errors

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HTTRACK WEBSITE COPIER
http://www.httrack.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.httrack.android
(FREE; Android, Linux, Windows, & Mac via MacPorts or HomeBrew package managers)

HTTrack is a program that gets information from the Internet, looks for pointers to other information, gets that information, and so forth. If you ask it to, and have enough disk space, it will try to make a copy of the whole Internet on your computer. While this may be the answer to Dilbert's boss when he asks to get a printout of the Internet for some legal document, for most of us, we want to get copies of just the right part of the Internet, and have them nicely organized for our use. This is where HTTrack does a great job.

HTTrack allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

WinHTTrack is the Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Seven release of HTTrack, and WebHTTrack the Linux/Unix/BSD release. Note there are Android & Mac versions too.

If wanting to only save a web page as an HTML document...

It works when your browser's "save as HTML" feature fails to produce a useable local web page mirror image, but it is not for the computer novice. The novice would be better served to use the Awesome Screenshot software below or to print / save a web page as a PDF using something like Chrome's print to PDF feature.

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AWESOME SCREENSHOT BROWSER EXTENSION
https://www.diigo.com/tools
(FREE; Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

Web page snapshot & markup extension that creates a PNG file. Capture the whole web page or any portion and optionally annotate screenshot / blur sensitive info, then one-click upload to share OR just save to your computer.

Other links:

NOTE: this extension will encroach on your privacy when you use it! It claims to anonymize the data.

[Updated privacy policy] Usage of the Awesome Screenshot browser extension requires granting it permission to capture anonymized click stream data. No personally identifying information will be captured in connection with this data. Please review our specific EULA https://www.diigo.com/extensions_terms.html and privacy policy https://www.diigo.com/extensions_privacy.html for more details.

Features:

【Capture 】

  1. Capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or entire page
  2. Support PNG format
  3. Support horizontal scroll when capturing

【Annotate & Edit】

  1. Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text
  2. Crop and scroll & Show crop area dimension
  3. Use eraser to hide sensitive information
  4. Copy the screenshot and paste it to gmail etc.

【Save & Share】

  1. Save to Local
  2. One-click to upload to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link
  3. Support Google Drive (Gdrive) Now.
  4. Save very large image, by pass the 2M limit. No crash any more.

DIRECTIONS TO MEETING ROOM

Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center (SAC) at Villanova University. These monthly sessions normally meet in Room 110.

VU Map

Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper deck of the 2-level parking garage adjacent to the St. Augustine Center on the Ithan Avenue side of the building. (Click for link to Google Map)

NOTE: additional map & direction links on our website home page - http://mlcug.org/

MLCUG Meetings Schedule Steering Committee Meetings
September 13 TBA
October 11 TBA
November 8 TBA

CLUB STAFF

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MLCUG STEERING COMMITTEE:

President John Deker 610-828-7897
V.President John Murphy 610-935-4398
Treasurer / Sec John Deker 610-828-7897
Webmaster Peter_Whinnery 610-284-5234
At Large Layton Fireng 610-688-2080
At Large Tom Johnson 610-896-2434
At Large Wendy Emery 215-765-3328
At Large Nelson_Schrock 610-834-0117
Audio Scribe John Murphy 610-935-4398