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ISO ratifies web content accessibility standard

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World Wide Web Consortium

W3C Web content accessibility guidelines become ISO/IEC International Standard

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A new ISO/IEC standard has been ratified that is set to increase accessibility for people with disabilities.

The new ISO/IEC 40500:2012, Information technology – W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, will also make the Web more usable for all. Continue reading

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Free DDoS survival guide on how to keep content alive

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New guide from EFF – Keeping Your Site Alive – outlines how to keep content online in case of a Denial of Service Attack

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ A new online guide from the Electronic Frontier Foundation outlines how website operators can fend off DDOS attacks and keep their sites alive and accessible. DDoS – Distributed Denial of Service attacks – the flooding websites with traffic in order to make them unavailable – have become an increasingly popular way to take down or block Internet content, EFF said. Continue reading

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Web accessibility course launched for Equality Act compliance

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Web Accessibility Essentials e-learning course now available for compliance with disability laws

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ The digital world can be as difficult to navigate as the built environment for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 means organisations are now legally obliged to ensure that all their IT channels and applications are accessible to disabled people – both internally and externally – who may use a variety of access devices and equipment. Failure to comply is also a criminal offence under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended). Continue reading

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Mozilla Firefox sallies fourth into browser hegemony

Firefox: Insurgent burning down the established order

Firefox insurgency burning down the ancien regime

Open source web browswer Firefox 4 eclipses Internet Explorer 9 – StatCounter

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ Insurgent Internet web browser player Mozilla Firefox has just launched Version 4 of its popular web software, and according to independent webstat bellwether StatCounter, has already nabbed 1.95 percent of the worldwide Internet browser user base.

StatCounter reports that on the first day of Firefox 4’s official release yesterday, it scored higher globally than even the new Internet Explorer Version 9 which was launched over a week ago. Continue reading

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FEATURE: Optimising application delivery in the cloud

Owen Garrett of Zeus Technology

BY OWEN GARRETT

The conversation around the Cloud is moving beyond the IT Manager, as professionals from a range of vertical sectors begin to understand how it can improve business efficiencies.

The Cloud unleashes the power of applications and computer workloads, breaking the ties that hold them to physical servers.

This new-found freedom makes possible an entirely new architecture where the hardware serves the applications and the applications serve the business, rather than the other way round.
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European browser hegemony burns as Firefox bites back

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Mozilla outfoxes Microsoft in Europe

Firefox overtakes Internet Explorer in Europe in browser wars – StatCounter

ECM Plus – It was only a matter of time.

Microsoft’s dominance in the web browser war in Europe is over.

Open source Mozi;;a Firefox overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the number one browser in Europe in December 2010 according to StatCounter, the analytics company.

StatCounter Global Stats reported that in December, Firefox took 38.11% of European market share, compared to IE’s 37.52%.

“This is the first time that IE has been dethroned from the number one spot in a major territory,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share.”

“We are probably seeing the impact of the agreement between European Commission competition authorities and Microsoft, to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March last,” added Aodhan Cullen.

In North America IE still retains a clear lead in the browser market with 48.92% followed by Firefox (26.7%) and Safari (10.16%).

StatCounter Global Stats is based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4.9 billion from North America) collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites.

StatCounter, which provides free website traffic information, publishes browser stats via StatCounter Global Stats, a free online research tool. It also monitors internet market share battles including Search Engines, Social Media and Operating Systems including mobile.

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Diurnal demand drives Day to DemandBase

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DemandBase CEO Chris Golec

Day harnesses Demandbase for content targeting to biz web visitors

ECM Plus – Day Software, recently acquired by Adobe, has tapped Demandbase Inc., a technology company providing B2B marketing – which also happens to be jointly-funded by Adobe.

The two firms have linked up to form a partnership that hopes to tap into Demandbase’s so-called ‘Real-Time ID Service’, which, the company said, ‘provides B2B marketers with the intelligence of knowing which company is about to visit their website pages’.

Together with Day’s CQ5 technology, its clients can be served a tailored web page of content. based entirely on a range of pre-known information about that visiting user, profiling which has such data as the precise industry it is in, how much revenue it makes, the number of its employees, their actual office location, and the named account status.

According to the company, the plug-in also enables CQ5 customers to make web experiences more ‘relevant and engaging’ as they put it, significantly increasing site conversion rates and return on marketing.

Chris Golec, CEO and Founder of Demandbase said: “As customer interactions shift to the web, the ability to change a web experience for a specific account, industry, or size of business enables the B2B web site to move beyond brochure-ware.”

Users of CQ5 need no more software or infrastructure to start delivering a customized web experience to business visitors, the company asserted.

Day users can separate out high and low value prospects, increase engagement and conversion and make an immediately impact on the ROI across all their B2B marketing.

According to DemandBase, the real-time identification of key accounts is made possible by its Business Resolution Platform, which uses proprietary algorithms that intelligently combine a database of 800 million IP addresses across North America and Europe, over 30 million business contacts, and information from social networks critical for business including Facebook and LinkedIn.

The company said that this multi-tiered process ensures that ‘target accounts are identified’ in a fraction of a second and appended with the most current information, fully standardised for CRM and marketing automation systems.

The service is cloud-based and has matched more than 1 billion visits in 2010, the company said, and can currently identify more than 100 million businesses every month without even the use of traditional ‘cookies’ or by tracking personal information.



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IE slide sees Mozilla on the march

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Mozilla Firefox gaining market share

Internet Explorer market share collapsing as insurgents gain

ECM Plus – Internet Explorer browser has fallen below 50 percent of the worldwide market for the first time, according to new data from StatCounter.

According to the web analytics firm, the current use of the Internet Explorer web browser software application has now collapsed to just 49.87% during September of 2010, followed by Mozilla Firefox, rising to 31.5 percent of total worldwide web browser usage, 

Aodhan Cullen, CEO at StatCounter said “Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%.”

Cullen noted that the recent European regulators’ demand that citizens in European nations be offered a choice of web browser with the Windows operating system may have tipped IE below 50% globally.

In Europe, StatCounter found, Internet Explorer has collapsed even further, with just 40.26 percent usage in September 2010, slumping from 46.44 percent in the same month just a year earlier.

In North America, Internet Explorer is still being used by slightly more than half of all web browsers, at 52.3 percent, followed by Firefox rising to 27.21 percent and Chrome bacl at 9.87 percent.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

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Getting in a lather over intranets

Ed Robinson, CEO & Founder, Aptimize Software.

Aptimize CEO Ed Robinson

Consumer brand behemoth taps Aptimize for intranet

ECMPlus – Intranet specialist Aptimize is giving Cussons a major boost with its internal communications strategy.

Cussons, which owns brands such as Imperial Leather has opted for web optimisation technology for its new global intranet project.

According to the company, the new intranet will act as a hub of corporate-wide communications and collaboration.

The homepage on its desk-based employees’ PCs is a SharePoint 2007 intranet which enables the firm to work in shared workspaces and read items from across the corporation on a range of topics, such as people, brands and corporate social responsibility.

Cussons will use Aptimize to accelerate delivery of intranet through content optimisation and compression.

Cussons said it had already achieved an immediate decrease in HTML requests and downloaded page size, more than halving the time it takes popular pages to load and a reduction of many gigabytes of network traffic per week.

Cusson’s Mark Cadwaladr said: ‘We knew the network and server environments we were using were world-class but we were still seeing ten second load times in some markets with slower connection speeds. That was not acceptable to us in terms of delivering a first rate experience to all. We wanted to make using our intranet as great an experience as we possibly could. We reached out to Application Performance to visit and perform a one day Proof of Concept using Aptimize. The results were pretty instantaneous convincing us that Aptimize could well be the solution we were looking for. Since launch the feedback has been universally positive, from senior management in the UK to employees in far-flung locations across the Group.”


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