Digital Echidna Blog - Thoughts on all things Digital | The Digital Echidna Blog https://blog.echidna.ca/ en New Year - Hope for the New Year, Built Upon the Good of 2020 https://blog.echidna.ca/new-year-hope-new-year-built-upon-good-2020 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Year - Hope for the New Year, Built Upon the Good of 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2021-01-01T09:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday, January 1, 2021</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/andrew-mcclenaghan" lang="" about="/users/andrew-mcclenaghan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Andrew McClenaghan</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-01-01T09:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/01/2021 - 09:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>Well. That was a heck of a 2020, hasn’t it? </p> <p>And while it may be tempting to just rush into 2021 and try to put the past year behind us, I think that’d be a mistake. Yes, 2020 was hard and filled with tragedy, but it also was filled with hope, resiliency, and a community that has largely come together.</p> <p>Isn’t that what the New Year is all about? Hope for a better tomorrow built upon the foundation of our past?</p> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jan 2021 09:00:00 +0000 Andrew McClenaghan 9311 at https://blog.echidna.ca Hindsight In 2020 - New Ways to Do Business Powered by the Consistency of Change https://blog.echidna.ca/hindsight-2020-new-ways-do-business-powered-consistency-change <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hindsight In 2020 - New Ways to Do Business Powered by the Consistency of Change</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-29T10:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, December 29, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/jay-menard" lang="" about="/users/jay-menard" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Jay Menard</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-29T10:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/29/2020 - 10:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>Early morning on Mar. 14, 2020, I boarded a flight at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport after four wonderful days in one of Canada’s most beautiful locations. I had also been in Ottawa and Toronto the days previous. When I arrived home late Saturday night, I went home.</p> <p>In the 283 days since, I’ve been to the office four times for a combined total of four hours. </p> </div> </div> Tue, 29 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Menard 9306 at https://blog.echidna.ca A Very Covid Christmas Amplifies the Importance of Family, Friends, and Colleagues https://blog.echidna.ca/very-covid-christmas-amplifies-importance-family-friends-and-colleagues <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A Very Covid Christmas Amplifies the Importance of Family, Friends, and Colleagues</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-24T10:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday, December 24, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/andrew-mcclenaghan" lang="" about="/users/andrew-mcclenaghan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Andrew McClenaghan</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-24T10:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/24/2020 - 10:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>Every year, I share a message much like this. I talk about the joys of the holiday season and encourage you to take the time to spend it with your friends, family, and loved ones. It’s a message that I’ve done with such regularity that it almost seems formulaic -- even though it’s written with all the warmth and sincerity that the season brings.</p> <p>But then 2020 happens. And we’ve all got a lump of “Covid” in our stockings.</p> <p>Covid may certainly make this message less formulaic, but the sentiment behind it may be more deeper and more resonant than it ever has been.</p> </div> </div> Thu, 24 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew McClenaghan 9301 at https://blog.echidna.ca Moving House: Structure, Design, and Features https://blog.echidna.ca/moving-house-structure-design-and-features <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Moving House: Structure, Design, and Features</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-17T10:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday, December 17, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/martin-anderson-clutz" lang="" about="/users/martin-anderson-clutz" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Martin Anderson-Clutz" class="username">Martin Anderso…</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-17T10:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/17/2020 - 10:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>We’ve spoken a lot about moving over the past few days. In the real world, you’d prepare your family for a move; in the case of a website migration, your family is your users. A migration is a great opportunity to redesign and realign your online space with user needs. If your digital experience is a house, then the user experience is affected by things like layout, visual design, accessibility, and content.</p> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0000 Martin Anderson-Clutz 9296 at https://blog.echidna.ca Moving House: Why and When You’ll Want to Call in an Expert https://blog.echidna.ca/moving-house-why-and-when-youll-want-call-expert <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Moving House: Why and When You’ll Want to Call in an Expert</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-15T10:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, December 15, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/martin-anderson-clutz" lang="" about="/users/martin-anderson-clutz" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Martin Anderson-Clutz" class="username">Martin Anderso…</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-15T10:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>Website migrations are a lot like moving houses. Some organizations can complete the migration themselves, but there are definite benefits to calling in an expert -- whether that’s hiring a moving company or bringing in specialists for a website migration.</p> <p>This is the second in a series on migrating Drupal websites. If you haven’t had a chance, I encourage you to review my colleague Chris’ post on <a href="https://blog.echidna.ca/moving-house-planning-migrate-your-drupal-website">how to prepare for the big move</a>. </p> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0000 Martin Anderson-Clutz 9291 at https://blog.echidna.ca Moving House: Planning to Migrate Your Drupal Website https://blog.echidna.ca/moving-house-planning-migrate-your-drupal-website <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Moving House: Planning to Migrate Your Drupal Website</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-10T15:25:14Z" class="datetime">Thursday, December 10, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/chris-mcinnis" lang="" about="/users/chris-mcinnis" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Chris McInnis</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-10T15:25:14+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/10/2020 - 15:25</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>Think about moving to a new home. No matter how carefully you pack, you wouldn’t expect everything to be clean, organized, and in place the moment you walk in the door of your new home. Moving to a new digital experience is similar, it takes time and should be done in phases. </p> <p>This is the first part of a series about migrating your Drupal website. In this installment, I’ll share why you don’t want to  leave packing your ‘house’ until the night before you move. Instead, you want to prepare well in advance. </p> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Dec 2020 15:25:14 +0000 Chris McInnis 9286 at https://blog.echidna.ca How to Optimize Content for Accessibility and Search https://blog.echidna.ca/how-optimize-content-accessibility-and-search <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Optimize Content for Accessibility and Search</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-08T11:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, December 8, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/pat-gilbert" lang="" about="/users/pat-gilbert" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Pat Gilbert</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-08T11:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/08/2020 - 11:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>The Drupal framework has accessibility at its core. However, there are a lot of things that content marketers can contribute to make their sites as accessible as possible. In doing so, your site becomes not only easier to use, but also more SEO-friendly!</p> </div> </div> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 Pat Gilbert 9281 at https://blog.echidna.ca AODA Compliance Deadline Tips for the Non-Compliant https://blog.echidna.ca/aoda-compliance-deadline-tips-non-compliant <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">AODA Compliance Deadline Tips for the Non-Compliant</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-12-03T10:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday, December 3, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/jay-menard" lang="" about="/users/jay-menard" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Jay Menard</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-03T10:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/03/2020 - 10:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>The old adage states that hindsight is 20/20. And as 2020 comes to a close, we’re seeing increasing numbers of businesses embracing that statement -- staring down the barrel of a 2021 AODA deadline for website compliance and realizing, in hindsight, that maybe they should have started a whole lot earlier. </p> <p>Many businesses, organizations, and even individuals have taken steps to ensure that they’ve met the WCAG 2.0 AA framework upon which AODA’s web compliance metrics are based. They’ve invested time, resources, and money to update their web presence.</p> </div> </div> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Menard 9276 at https://blog.echidna.ca Keeping Blue Beanie Day Top of Mind (and Head!) https://blog.echidna.ca/keeping-blue-beanie-day-top-mind-and-head <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Keeping Blue Beanie Day Top of Mind (and Head!)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-11-30T10:30:00Z" class="datetime">Monday, November 30, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dylan-rieder" lang="" about="/users/dylan-rieder" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Dylan Rieder</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-11-30T10:30:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/30/2020 - 10:30</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>This year, with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act’s (AODA) Jan. 1, 2021 deadline for website compliance fast approaching, Blue Beanie Day takes on a special resonance. And that’s why, this November 30th, we’re continuing the tradition of keeping web standards top of mind -- and literally on top of the head.</p> </div> </div> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:30:00 +0000 Dylan Rieder 9271 at https://blog.echidna.ca (Rebuild) Roster Connects Local Talent to Business https://blog.echidna.ca/rebuild-roster-connects-local-talent-business <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">(Rebuild) Roster Connects Local Talent to Business</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <time datetime="2020-11-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday, November 27, 2020</time> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/brad-lickman" lang="" about="/users/brad-lickman" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Brad Lickman</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-11-27T12:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/27/2020 - 12:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:text" class="field__item"> <p>Some of you may remember the old Six Million Dollar Man show, with its iconic opening narration that I’m going to paraphrase -- “we can rebuild [it]. We have the technology.” And while some of London’s top technology leaders came together to help bridge the gap between companies starved for talent and talent looking for opportunities, that solution is elegant in its decidedly low-tech approach -- and that approach has led to national recognition.</p> </div> </div> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Brad Lickman 9266 at https://blog.echidna.ca