This won’t be the only mega-list someone puts out, but it’s mine, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂
I will link out to other as they come online.
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I love to teach. I love to provide information that helps people excel.
As organizer of a digital accessibility meetup, I strongly believe that recording our meetup events (where appropriate) benefits everyone, both those that attend in person, as well as those digesting the video stream.
As many meetups don’t do this, for various reasons, I thought I’d share information on how we stream and record our meetup events in hopes that a few others might move from consideration to actual implementation.
I decided to write this post for two reasons; 1.) as a personal reference and 2.) to share what I learned so that others might get to their goal quicker.
I’m fairly new to the Mac, have transitioned from the PC full time a couple years ago. I created a decent local development that worked for me; simple, straightforward, not complex.
I had virtual hosts set up while on the El Capitan OS in a way when I created a new folder, the virtual host would dynamically be created. After a regular update, I lost this functionality … all virtual host functionality. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get virtual hosts to function again. At one point, I lost the ability to have MAMP’s Apache run without issue. Several months after the Sierra macOS upgrade became available, I hoped this upgrade would resolve the issue, to no avail. After every attempt failed, I decided to wipe out my Mac, and start from scratch.
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I’ve found it very difficult to find solid information on how to make online advertising accessible. Interestingly enough, most of the information I did find was research performed during the early part of this century. Had nothing changed?
After a couple of years experience, I’ve come up with some foundational guidance for online advertising. As HTML5 methods develop further, there may be a part two to this post.
Although this post is geared toward the upcoming 2016 CSUN conference, this request is for any and all conference, meetup and webinar presenters.
Post your presentations online, and provide the URL before you begin your presentation and after your presentation.
This post results from the need to validate a personal viewpoint I had related to coding for accessibility.
Via Twitter and Survey Monkey, I polled anyone who would give the topic a little attention the following question:
Related to accessibility, how do you code?
Stemming from a recent post on the Twitter accounts every designer must follow, and timed coincidently when I was planning to send out several “FollowFriday” tweets, I’m sharing a list of the people you must follow on Twitter if you have any interest in digital accessibility. And as I fall under the category of “human,” if I missed anyone who really should be included in this list, please share them in the comments below.
Where’s Part 2, you ask (even if you didn’t, behave…). I know I will leave off people and organizations due to time, forgetfulness, etc. Therefore, expect me to share more Twitter accounts in the future.
Note: everything I know about accessibility is due to these steller individuals. To them, thanks for all you do.
Jennison Asuncion @Jennison
I call Jennison “The Great Connector,” not just because he’s a Digital Accessibility leader at LinkedIn (get it, connector … LinkedIn), but because he has done so much to start communities in Toronto, the San Francisco bay area, and assist with making accessibility matter in many other cities across the globe, including my hometown, Chicago. Not to mention the co-founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (read how it all got started).
My new favorite button name as spoken by my screen reader: "ctl00$MainDivContentPlaceHolder$doNothingForIE button."
— Jennison Asuncion (@Jennison) August 10, 2015
Steve Faulkner @stevefaulkner
Steve is an integral part of what we have with HTML today. Steve posts on the latest nuances with HTML5, ARIA and more. Steve tweets great resources and tips.
ARIA role semantics cancel native #HTML5 element role semantics HTML5 attribute semantics cancel aria-* state & property attribute semantics
— Steve Faulkner (@stevefaulkner) August 12, 2015
Léonie Watson @LeonieWatson
Léonie’s powerful presentations, such as “Design like we give a damn!” have become standard study material for up-and-coming accessibility folks. Léonie tweets valuable resources on digital accessibility.
— Léonie Watson (@LeonieWatson) August 2, 2015
Marcy Sutton @marcysutton
— Marcy Sutton (@marcysutton) June 29, 2015
Billy Gregory @thebillygregory
Billy Gregory is the co-organizer of the Toronto Accessibility Meetup, and an accessibility “guy” at The Paciello Group. You’ll find Billy posting some interesting accessibility stuff, like the tweet that turned into a poster everyone wanted.
— Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) March 30, 2015
Karl Groves @karlgroves
Former rocker turned web accessibility consultant and developer, Karl has made a name for himself, first blogging on the perils of accessibility testing, then creating tenon.io, an automated accessibility testing API.
Remember that time I got irritated at the Access Board and the 508 Refresh delay? (4 years ago) http://t.co/bjT7bovNBP
— Karl Groves (@karlgroves) July 29, 2015
Viking & Lumberjack @VandLShow
What happens when you place Billy Gregory and Karl Groves together in one place? Accessibility Mayhem! Billy & Karl as the Viking & Lumberjack almost brought the house down at the annual CSUN convention with chants from the crowd of “WTF ARIA!” Their video briefs create awareness of digital accessibility issues in a unique and entertaining way.
— Viking & Lumberjack (@VandLShow) June 3, 2015
Joe Dolson @joedolson
Joe is a web developer, accessibility consultant, and WordPress plugin developer. He has aided in moving WordPress towards accessibility as a contributor to Make WordPress Accessible, and WordPress Core.
— Joe Dolson (@joedolson) August 4, 2015
Jordan Quintal @JordanQ416
I met Jordan at WordCamp Milwaukee and had seen his presentations on video. Jordan is as much of an evangelist for accessibility as he is for WordPress. He frequently posts on accessibility, WordPress and the web industry in general.
— JordanQuintal (@JordanQ416) August 12, 2015
Henny Swan @iheni
Henny is an accessible UX, mobile and multimedia currently for the Paciello Group, formally with the BBC. Great tweets with resources to the latest information on accessibility.
I’ve worked in accessibility for 15 years and we’re STILL warning people off using the TITLE attribute http://t.co/cXpHOGhoOe. Just say no.
— Henny (@iheni) July 29, 2015
Derek Featherstone @feather
I’ve been following Derek when he was one of the early leaders of web standards (think Jeffrey Zeldman – @zeldman). Derek focused on his love for teaching and accessibility. Derek runs Simply Accessible, a team of accessibility specialists changing the perception of accessibility on the web. He posts tidbits and links to presentations and resources, and a wee bit on Scotch.
A meetup group in my city had this in the description: "watch me pump up a random Vimeo video with 10,000 new views in a few minutes." Ugh.
— Derek Featherstone (@feather) July 22, 2015
Paul J. Adam @pauljadam
Paul is continually testing and tweeting on his discoveries when it comes to developing for accessibility. He posts tweets on his latest demos frequently.
— Paul J. Adam (@pauljadam) August 4, 2015
Dylan works at Deque and like Paul J. Adams, tweets and retweets a plethora of valuable information on digital accessibility. I’ve found the resources shared to be invaluable.
— holistica11y (@dylanbarrell) February 17, 2015
Aaron Gustafson @AaronGustafson
Like Derek Featherstone, I’ve known of Aaron for seemingly forever. Best known for his work, writings and presentations on progressive enhancement, there’s always a valuable accessibility spin to his teachings. Aaron is the author of Adaptive Web Design and now advocates for web standards & accessibility at Microsoft.
— Aaron Gustafson (@AaronGustafson) August 11, 2015
Jared Smith @jared_w_smith
Jared is the Associate Director at WebAim.org, a fantastic resource for digital accessibility. He’s been sharings his knowledge and experience on accessibility for over six years.
I hope that women who are experiencing sexism in technology fields know there’s a safe (safer?), welcoming place in accessibility.
— Jared Smith (@jared_w_smith) August 10, 2015
Denis Boudreau @dboudreau
Denis is a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Simply Accessible. He tweets frequently on his observations, experiences and valuable resources. And wears a mean AD/DC-themed HTML t-shirt.
"Refreshable braille displays are relatively expensive, ranging from $5,500 to $11,000" http://t.co/svN57MbQbr – and we complain about Jaws?
— Denis Boudreau (@dboudreau) August 6, 2015
Jonathan Hassell @jonhassell
Jonathan got his start at the BBC, creating the foundation for accessibility that leads all industries today. He is the author of Including your missing 20% and helped author BS8878, the British Standard for accessibility. Jonathan shares valuable tweets and experiences on accessibility.
— Jonathan Hassell (@jonhassell) May 25, 2015
Dennis Lembrée @dennisl
— Dennis Lembrée (@dennisl) August 10, 2015
Bruce Lawson @brucel
Bruce is a self-described Web standards lovegod, co-wrote Introducing HTML5 and works at Opera. He tweets on web standards, accessibility and entertaining oddities. He also spars with Steve Faulkner from time to time.
Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines 2. Because disabled people need accessible web-based CMSs, too. http://t.co/eaor1UJYaN
— Bruce Lawson (@brucel) July 29, 2015
Sam J @mixolydian
Sam shares out alot of great accessibility resources and some darn valuable advice from a personal perspective.
— Sam J (@mixolydian) August 5, 2015
Patrick H. Lauke @patrick_h_lauke
Patrick is always seeking and sharing digital accessibility knowledge and tidbits that enrich everyone else’s lives.
— patrick h. lauke (@patrick_h_lauke) August 11, 2015
Wendy Chisholm @wendyabc
Wendy is the co-author of Universal Design for Web Applications and a Strategist for Microsoft. She tweets valuable information and resources.
Building it into the tools and libraries should help. Let's make it as easy as possible. https://t.co/ayvAUU08vu
— Wendy Chisholm (@wendyabc) August 2, 2015
Laura Carlson @laura_carlson
It’s not the number of tweets, it’s that one tweet a week I look forward to. That’s when she announces the latest edition of her Web Design Update, which typically start off with fantastic accessibility resources from the past week.
— Laura Carlson (@laura_carlson) August 12, 2015
Adrian Roselli @aardrian
Every time I see
a post from Adrian, I get excited. Many of his presentation are reference material for me. Then there’s the Homer Simpson moments:
— Adrian Roselli (@aardrian) August 12, 2015
Lainey Feingold @LFLegal
As Lainey’s Twitter handle suggests, Lainey is a disability rights lawyer specializing in digital, tech+ info access. Her posts cover the gamut within the legal realm of accessibility.
— Lainey Feingold (@LFLegal) August 12, 2015
Joseph Karr O’Connor @AccessibleJoe
Joseph is a leader not only in the accessibility community, but also the WordPress community. In fact, Joseph is a member of the WordPress Accessibility Team.
Until everyone is included in education, truly included, then some of us will always be the unknown other. #Axschat
— Joseph Karr O'Connor (@AccessibleJoe) August 11, 2015
The Paciello Group @paciellogroup
An authority in the accessibility field, the Paciello Group posts valuable information frequently.
— The Paciello Group (@paciellogroup) July 24, 2015
IBM Accessibility @IBMAccess
IBM Accessibility is a leading organization related to research and experience in the accessibility field.
— IBM Accessibility (@IBMAccess) August 12, 2015
SSB BART Group @AccessDemand
Another leading organization in the accessibility field. SSB Bart shares out knowledge in the form of articles & blog posts, presentations, etc.
The Digital Accessibility Maturity Model: Dimension #10 – Training http://t.co/lsF7iug3UO
— SSB BART Group (@AccessDemand) August 1, 2015
A unique account that holds weekly Q&A sessions via Twitter using the hashtag #AXSChat.
— AXSChat (@AXSChat) August 11, 2015
Recently, I posted some resources from a recent accessibility conference. And the post has become fairly popular. Which scares me.
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I attended my first International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (or CSUN as most attendees call it). I can honestly say, I was humbled and overwhelmed simultaneously.
The 30th annual CSUN 2015 was held in San Diego the first week of March. Held over five days, the week offered two days of eight workshops, followed by three days of six sessions daily, of approximately 413 sessions. The sessions covered the gambit, from technical to roundtable discussions on topics concerning the disabled. I estimate that attendees 60% web professionals, 40% people with disabilities, with a surprising overlap of these audiences (happily so).
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I’m presently involved in an initiative to improve the accessibility of our online properties, something that I am truly digging. While I realize how little I know about making things more accessible, it’s exciting to discover best practices and techniques to make things more accessible for all users.
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As 2013 comes to an end, as any year does, I become reflective on the year’s events; the accomplishments, the regrets and the seeds for goals in the new year.
I’ve seen some bad ideas in navigation, but this subtle one takes the cake (a nice German Chocolate cake).
Typically when you see navigation, you see a list of links. Click on the link, you go to the next page.
On this particular site (nameless), which was recently redesigned (and nicely by the way), someone came up with the idea of making the site visitor click a button after selecting a link to follow. Mind you, the tooltip tells them to click the button to continue.
I knew I hadn’t updated my blog in some time, but almost a year? Oy!
Shortly after my last blog post, I accepted a position as a front-end web developer at United Airlines in their eCommerce Production area. The great thing is that as a post-merger organization, there’s lots of change, lots of systems and technologies to get my arms around and learn.
It has taken me away from my pursuit of a career position in user experience, but I’m getting schooled in technologies that will aid me in the long run.
I have lots to talk about and share, yet little time to do so. But I promise I will post soon and on a more semi-regular basis. Call it therapy. 🙂
- Location: Chicago, IL (Target range: Downtown Chicago north through Northern Suburbs
- Employee Type: Full-Time Preferred, will consider Long-term Contract
- Industry: Open
- Job Type: Internet, Design, Marketing
- Education: High School, Some College
- Experience: 18 years
- Travel: Negligible
- Post Date: 4/23/2012
Is “platformism” the new racism?
I’ve just become scorned by a recent discount offer for an ebook. Seeing the fantastic offer (.99 cents) in my Facebook feed, I thought, “why not?” Clicking through, I quickly found out why not.
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This was a redesign project for a long-time client, a niche travel agency located in Malibu, California. The lead-generation website features small-ship adventure cruise vacations, targeting retirees and affluent professionals. Continue Reading »
I admit it … I’m a user experience geek. And at times, I can drive my wife nuts.
On a recent shopping mall outing, my wife and I paid a visit to an upscale department store, just to use the facilities (of course). While waiting for my wife, I observed a major user experience flaw. What made it so amazing is the this upscale retailer prides itself on its presentation. As men and women entered the restroom lounge area, over 70% of them appeared confused as to the location of “their” restroom. Several men were seen entering the women’s restroom in error. Not to be outdone, women were seen stepping into maintenance closets and service areas. Yet there were signs marking each restroom by gender. So why the confusion? Hadn’t the retailer done enough?