Re: accessible web editor

Mo McCleary <mo.mccleary@...>

Hey cobol is way cool! I have written some cobol code myself. Don't kid
yourself you are learning new things all the time and after this description
you are intrigued enough so you probably will start playing around with this
stuff. If you ever want to do something retro, let we know.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Jim Hamilton
via Jfw
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 12:45 PM
To: 'Walker, Michael E';
Cc: Jim Hamilton
Subject: RE: accessible web editor

Although I did not make this request, thank you for this description! If
ever I consider wanting to get into anything like this, I will simply
re-read this description, realize just how complex/technical it would be to
get anywhere, and take up knitting! :) :)

To be clear, I was not considering such an undertaking. However, your
description is just what the doctor ordered to prevent me from getting into
a lot of technical trouble, should I decide to change my mind. The I.T.
world certainly has changed since I was a Cobol F programmer in 1971.
Gracious ne, that's over 44 years ago! Besides, at this point, my learning
curve would be too tiring to seriously consider taking on this academic
pursuit. I will leave such things up to people such as yourself!

Jim H

-----Original Message-----
From: Walker, Michael E []
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:01 AM
Subject: RE: accessible web editor

Good morning,

The accessible web editor really all depends on your website's requirements.
If you are just building a basic web page, it would be fine to use Word to
create it, and save it as a filtered web page. Another free option for
building websites is KompoZer. KompoZer is a bit outdated (latest stable
released in 2007), since it does not follow HTML5 standards, but again it is
fine for basic websites for displaying information. Either way, if you
choose to use an HTML editor, you will still need to know what is going on
underneath the hood, to edit the code.

If you are wanting to get more sophisticated like a contact form, and you
are not a programmer, then I too would recommend WordPress. Also, if you
want interactivity on your site, such as the ability for viewers to post
comments, you will want WordPress. There are two ways you can approach
WordPress, depending on your requirements:, or download the
software from to host yourself, based on your hosting
provider. If you do not wish to pay for WordPress and hosting, and just want
a free website for displaying information and allowing users to comment/you
want a contact form, use If you want to get fancy and build
an e-commerce site, download WordPress from or look at your
hosting provider's one-click installation options. Many hosting providers
have it built in where you can perform the equivalent of a one-click
installation for popular software like WordPress. It may be under something
like Autoinstaller or Simple Scripts, or could be called Fantastico de Luxe.

If you later decide that you need to get really advanced, you could learn
web design from a programmer's perspective, and learn CSS, JavaScript, PHP,
Ruby on Rails, and/or parts of Java Enterprise Edition like servlets, Java
server pages, Java server faces, etc. I certainly understand where you are
coming from, if you think this seems like a lot of technology. If you need
to program, start with PHP. If you are building a web application for a
large enterprise, look more towards the other technologies I mentioned for
servers: Java Enterprise, Ruby on Rails, etc. Overall, go for cost, and
compare each of the technologies, as they pertain to your requirements. Look
at factors like development times for each decision. I recommend PHP as a
starting point though, because it is very popular. Most web hosting
providers also offer a PHP and MySQL solution. WordPress is powered by PHP
and MySQL.

There is plenty you can do with web design, with little or no programming
though, so I would certainly recommend sticking with WordPress or an HTML
editor, if your site is simple in nature, and not reflective of a web
application. If it is meant to be more of an application, you may wish to
see what WordPress can do still. There are thousands of existing plugins
that can extend WordPress. If I wanted a contact form on a contact page, for
example, I would look for an existing plugin that implemented that

There are even other content management systems like Joomla! and Drupal. In
short, the sky is the limit when it comes to web design. Good luck.

Best regards,

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