Category: Web Accessibility

[Photo: Cartoon character with finger in the air]

April 14, 2010

It started with a simple thought…

I follow a lot of people on twitter. Honestly, some of the people I follow are not necessarily “web accessibility” people, although most have some level of tech savvy. Some of the people I follow are people whom I follow simply to help me understand the perspective of people with disabilities. Blind users. Deaf users. People with various mobility disabilities (one who’s promised blog post from me is being delayed by this posting). All so that I can better do what it is I do; to understand, to teach, to bridge. Continue Reading It started with a simple thought…

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HTML5 details and summary

February 25, 2010

Thoughts on <details> versus @summary

I originally sent these out as a series of tweets on twitter. It was late at night on the west coast, so likely most were asleep when I pumped them out. I hope to expand on these further, but for now, my bullet points Continue Reading Thoughts on <details> versus @summary

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[Photo: Toy soldiers]

January 10, 2010

Standards Are Not Just Stuff and Nonsense

Many organizations are themselves large, lumbering beasts, lacking the agility, flexibility and luxury to push the envelope and explore the fringes. The poor folk who work there instead have to rely on and comply to STANDARDS, not specifications that shift like sand in the desert, but codified, nailed down, no-way-but-this-way STANDARDS. Academia, Governance, heck even large Corporate sites all have to meet Standards requirements to conform to a slew of trivial things like laws, shareholders, marketing and branding, and a whole raft of things that talented and exciting boutiques get to challenge. Continue Reading Standards Are Not Just Stuff and Nonsense

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Balance scales weight valid HTML and non-valid HTML

October 7, 2009

Are We Still Arguing About Validation?

As someone who has been teaching HTML for over a decade, I have recollections of students (authoring in Notepad) in total panic because they forgot to close their </table>s, and thus Netscape 3 would deliver a blank page (Draconian error handling has a history too) – I also remember that they only made that mistake once, and never forgot it after that. Continue Reading Are We Still Arguing About Validation?

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[Photo: talismans]

August 4, 2009

Talismans, Active Listening, and a half-time show

First of all, I would like to suggest that today the @summary debate has digressed to something of a fight over a Talisman. Maybe that is in part my fault, and if so I will take the blame. I used that Talisman to force a dialog that has needed to happen for a very long time. Some people might find my tactics offensive, or childish, and others will remain trapped in arguing about what the data and research does or doesn’t say, does or doesn’t do, proves, disproves or concludes. You all need to just stop for a minute and take a deep breath. Continue Reading Talismans, Active Listening, and a half-time show

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