Ideas and things. – empower users to evaluate software enables anyone run a System Usability Score (SUS) survey. Many organizations lack in-house user experience specialists and have no resources to hire consultants. Conducting a usability survey with a limited number of users can help you motivate why further research is necessary. The goal is to help non-UX people to take the first step in making software better.

Spreadskos/skos2html – a spreadsheet to SKOS converter

A simple Ruby gem to enable editing of SKOS vocabularies in Excel and other spreadsheet software. Check out skos2html for a gem that converts SKOS to a human readable HTML file. – a semantic web version of European legal information was an experiment to see if european legal information can be put online using semantic web techology. held some 20,000 documents in two languages or more. Documents were presented as XHTML 1+RDFa and there was a SPARQL interface for queries. – open government data access in Sweden is a private initiative to highlight available public datasets in Sweden. It contains a commentable catalog of government datasets, their formats and usage restrictions.

The goal is to highlight the benefits of open access to government data and explain how this is done in practice until the official government portal is online. Update: official government portal now online! – guidelines for and evaluation of public sector websites

An online version of the Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites. I co-authored the guidelines from 2004 to 2008. The guidelines were developed by Verva, the Swedish Administrative Development Agency. – a VPS plan comparison site

I wanted to learn more about Django and the Yahoo User Interface library . At the same time I was looking for a VPS supplier. So I decided to write a VPS plan comparison site.  The result is a VPS plan comparison site. Site transferred to new owner.

Twoot – an OS X twitter client based on JQuery and Fluid

An exploration of a site specific browser (SSB), using Fluid, in order to learn more about jQuery, json and git.

Fangs – the screen reader emulator plugin for Firefox

Firefox extension that renders text representations of web pages identical (almost) to one of the more popular screen readers. The idea is to help developers get a better understanding of how an assistive technology interprets their markup. See the Fangs homepage for more details.

Ruby Accessibility Analysis Kit

RAAKT is a basic web accessibility analysis library written in Ruby. The idea is to help web developers catch basic accessibility issues as part of the development process instead of after-the-fact testing.  RAAKT integrates nicely in automated testing frameworks. For more information see the Raakt wiki.

You can try an online version of RAAKT (hosted by the nice people at Netrelations) to do basic accessibility analysis of a web page of your choice.


SimpleCrawler is a basic web crawling library for Ruby. Single threaded and intended for basic crawling of websites.

Dostvec – Document Standards Verification Crawler

A tool to monitor PDF document standards compliance for one or more websites. Basically a glue script that ties together JHOVE (JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment) with SimpleCrawler and Ruport. The idea is to support an organization in publishing PDF documents in the proper ISO format. Could also be useful to gather statistics for a set of websites.