Big Thansgiving Wishes to the HTMLCenter Community

Curtiss wrote a great post about Thanksgiving earlier this morning and I wanted to echo his comments. I especially want to say thanks to Curtiss, Leppy and Deadeye for taking care of the forums, making sure they are spam-free and all their hard work answering everyone’s questions. Also a shoutout to Till for helping to get us working on the new Web host.

It’s amazing to think that we started the HTMLCenter journey over 10 years ago and I believe we are the longest-running independent web developer community operating today. I’ve got some ideas which will continue to move HTMLCenter forward over the year next year so stay tuned.

No matter if you are in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world, all of us here at HTMLCenter thank you for your interest in our community.

Happy Turkey Day!

To all of our readers in the United States, I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. In these trying economic times, please take the time to remember those things for which you truly are thankful. In everyone’s life, no matter how dim things may seem, there are always things for which to be grateful. I hope you find those things in your own heart and mind, and take the time today to celebrate them.

If nothing else, at least most of us can be thankful that we won’t be dealing with the Black Friday crowds in a major metropolitan area (I will, regrettably, be dealing with Black Friday crowds, but not in an urban setting).

Two Good Password-Related Resources

I just wanted to make a good, quick post about two good resources I find myself using quite a bit.  The first is an md5 encrypter.  It’s a very nice, simple tool that simply converts any string into an md5-encrypted string.

At work, I find myself making a lot of very simple scripts that require me to set up administration areas, but don’t really warrant taking the time to set up online registration, etc.  Instead, I simply use the md5 encrypter to encrypt the passwords I want to use, and then I enter those encrypted passwords directly into the database.

You can find that tool, along with quite a few others, at  The link directly to the md5 encryption tool is

The other tool I’ve found myself using quite a bit, for basically the same reasons listed above, is a random password generator.  The one I’ve been using the most is presented by  It offers a lot of options, and does a very nice job of generating random, secure passwords.  You can find that tool at

WordPress comment management bug?

I’ve recently become aware of an issue with managing comments in WordPress 2.5. I’m not sure if it’s a bug or if it’s simply a poorly implemented “feature”, but I’m going to call it a bug.

Good Accessibility Resource

My supervisor at work e-mailed a nice accessibility resource a few weeks ago. The “Division of Instructional Technology” at the University of Wisconsin has put together a good collection of videos and podcasts related to Web accessibility. The in-house videos are narrated and led by a blind man named Neal Ewers, who works for the Trace Research and Development Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The videos are extremely interesting to watch, and very informative. If you have considered improving your Web site’s accessibility, I highly recommend visiting the site and watching each of the videos.

April is Developer’s Month on HTMLCenter

Around here we know that developers are no (April) fools. As we get ready to relaunch one of the longest running, independently-owned Web development resource sites,  we are excited to announce our 30 days of Web developer interviews. Each day during April, we will post an interview with a Web developer. The developer can work for a large company, a startup or be an indie. We are looking to interview a diverse set of Web developers from around the world.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to allen =at= and include the following:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Development Language
  • Employment type (large company, startup, indie)
  • Programming languages (PHP, Ruby, etc.)

We expect a large volume of responses so only those who are selected will be notified. Thanks for your interest!