Do you REALLY have to close list tags?


I’m always on the lookout for shortcuts. Thus, If I have a long list, I’ll skip the closing </li> tag until I get to my last list item. But is that really OK? I was taken aback by the heat this issue generates online, although I guess I should expect heat just about anywhere online in today’s Web culture. A sampling response to a post on social media that a student’s professor (coulda been me) said closing </li> tags are optional: Your professor should be fired. <li> is not a self-closing tag and needs a separate closing it’s optional in most cases. The professor is correct. Optional or not, a closing </li> tag should never be considered ‘optional’ if you…

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Free Hosting Options & Alternatives


I’ve been encouraging students to use 000webhost.com for free hosting because it is full featured, including support for PHP back-end scripts and WordPress. But the quality of the hosting server has declined rapidly and overtly over the past months. 000webhost now puts sites to “sleep” for hours each day, and even when the sites are “awake” connection time is maddening. So… here are some alternatives I’ve begun to check out for the budget-conscious of us (as in free) sites:

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How to obtain a 000webhost site and upload files


The interface, and in particular the file management tools at 000webhost are in a generalized state of flux. Here’s are step-by-step instructions to navigate creating a site, and uploading content to it.

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Generating and Applying a Theme for jQuery Mobile


THEMEROLLER UPDATE: At this moment, the option for using Adobe Kuler to generate color schemes is not operative. Stay tuned. If I learn anything about the status of this feature, I’ll post an update here.

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Updated steps for linking to a font at Google Fonts


The following steps update discussion of “Linking to a Font at Google Fonts”  The interface, and some options continue to evolve. Here’s the latest.

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