#wplnd September 2012 Meetup was held at Skillsmatter, and once again an enjoyable collaboration of WordPress freelancers, workers and users. The evening consisted of two talks.
Practical tips for Captioning YouTube Videos
Web developer and accessibility guru, Graham Armfield show how to incorporate captions in your YouTube video. Something which would help those with hearing impairments and those viewing the videos in noisy or office environments. The presentation was a thorough step by step of all the settings and different ways to incorporate the captions. He also showed other tools available to use for videos and captions.
Rapid WordPress theme development
The next talk was by Jonny Allbut, Head of Digital at Tanc Design. He is also the creator and lead developer on the Wonderflux theme framework, presents at various web development conferences and sits on the WPUK committee that coordinates the annual WordCamp in the UK.
He first start off with his typical ‘tool box’ and why. Followed by the different theme types available – WordPress theme frameworks, parent, child and starter themes. With his experience with Wonderflux, he shares how a framework can help you to build more flexible, sustainable custom themes. He also shared a few important lessons learned: Do things the WordPress way. Use the core filters, hooks and functions. Keep up with trunk development/Trac. Documentation.
Ask the Experts
Turned out that there was a bit of time left for questions and answers from the attendees. I find this part exciting to hear different people’s view points and ideas about different issues. And also how eager people are to help.