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April 23, 2010

A Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary

You don’t know me. However, I feel that at the very least you should know that I’ve dedicated the last decade of my life working towards making the Internet accessible to everyone. To you, your family and friends, your colleagues and associates – the people you work with every day, and most importantly to people (not just Americans) with various disabilities, from vision impairments to mobility impairments, auditory impairments and cognitive disabilities. It can be done. This we know with certainty. Often, it’s actually quite simple: we’ve learned a lot in the past decade on how to achieve this goal, and we’ve managed to raise awareness of this topic across great swaths of our society.

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[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.

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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

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Web Standards: Yes please

February 8, 2010

Standard or Specification?

I believe what we have is a conflict of constituents.

What many people seem to be overlooking here is that we are writing more than just a Technical Specification for browser engineers, we are also writing a Standard, and I believe that the differences between the two is the major rub.

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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.

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