Mozilla Accessibility Summit 2006 (13 October 2006)
Boy how I’d love to be at the Mozilla Accessibility Summit. But of course I won’t (it ended up yesterday, so I should have said “I haven’t”), which is a shame because I’m using JAWS at work and would have liked to see a better collaboration between Firefox and JAWS. Being stuck with Internet Explorer is bad for my mood (and my demonstrations of web site interoperability).
How I Explained REST to My Wife (12 October 2006)
REST is still a bit hazy for me (especially in the mornings), although it sounds like a basic thing when you talk with Karl or Steph. Ryan Tomayko gives a great introduction to it.
Good writing on the web (9 October 2006)
Usually, not much is said about content, much is said about containers. This said, how can one talk about the former more than the latter, for a change? Good question.
Long Live the
QTag (6 October 2006)
ALA features an excellent article on the Q tag. I came to the conclusion that italics are the way to go while waiting for IE to comply to the spec (no news, eh?).
Blahg (6 October 2006)
Jeffrey Zeldman asks How about you? Still blogging? Still all fired up about it? The whole post needs to be read, of course, but he’s right. When real life takes up most of your waking time, the web comes second. I’d say things are as they should be, even if I’d be willing to blog every single day. Yet the excitation has worn off a little, it’s right. (Via Airbag)
Glassdog (4 October 2006)
Lance Arthur is one of the few people who inspired me enough that I had to quit everything and go work on the web (together with Derek Powazek, Shauna Wright and a few others). I haven’t read him much these days, I’m ashamed to say. But the guy is clever and his designs always push things a little further. Happy tenth online anniversary, Lance.
Greenpeace targets Apple (29 September 2006)
Copyright infringement for the design? Interesting diversion from Greenpeace. They’ve never been known to do things half-heartedly, so I’m sure they’re bracing for the attack. If the press talks about the case, then it’s a deal. (Via Chris)
Why go to conferences? (27 September 2006)
Find the motivation: meeting people in real-life makes you want to do better. Too true. (Via Morgazilla)
Selling Clients on Web Standards (8 September 2006)
I just stumbled upon this old article at ALA. Most newer browsers are approaching full Standards Compliance. Ahh, those were hopeful times. Yet on the whole Greg Kise’s arguments still hold their ground.
The Kid Always Gets the Last Word (4 September 2006)
He he he, that’s all too true: kids have a way of being off-topic completely when you think you’ve made a point. And you love them for exactly that! (well, not for just that, but it does count in the total)
Unicorn: a unified quality checker (27 July 2006)
This reminds me of the French-speaking Opquast, but with a good deal of automation. I’ll keep my eyes peeled out for further developments. Meet the Unicorn
Chris’s book is out! (14 July 2006)
This is good news. I can’t begin to imagine how much hard work has to be put into writing a book, so congratutalions go to Chris.
Eolas for ever (19 June 2006)
They didn’t do much to improve the world but their name will stay. Who would want this kind of posterity?
WebAIM’s Site Redesign (12 June 2006)
WebAIM has redesigned and provides us with the case study. Some things I’d have done differently, of course (accessibility is always prone to comment), but the article is very much interesting and insightful.
Designers: Learn to Write! (18 May 2006)
Derek Powazek is a long-time advocate of the idea that people do read text on the web; here he explains that the design is influenced by the content. See Flickr for example: plain visually, but engaging by its tone.
AJAX and Screenreaders: at last a long study (17 May 2006)
Like everyone I suppose I’ve been studying at the office the outcome of Ajax interactions through a screen reader and the results are always a bit sketchy. This report isn’t. (Via Fairytells)
We’re not as good at multitasking as we think (11 April 2006)
We are not, repeat not, multitask in essence. Cognitive overload is happening at a pace our poor little hunter/gatherer brains never evolved to deal with (Via Philippe)
I almost bought Demon Days (8 March 2006)
Some brave soul lent me her Gorillaz: Demon Days CD.
It’s good, very good. Although it took me some time to acknowledge it, it’s good. Odin tried to persuade me, but I’m a slow thinker...
Then why won’t I buy it?
It’s copy-controlled. And I hate that. Not because I’m a pseudo-leftist-anarchist, or whatever you deem fit to think I am. But because copy-controlled CDs just won’t be read on my car’s stereo, although they still can, and will, be ripped.
Parlophone, sorry, you almost sold a CD. (...)
Cool accessibility quote (20 January 2006)
Says Bert Bos in An essay on W3C’s design principles:
The word "accessibility" refers primarily to the degree in which something is accessible by people with disabilities, but in a wider sense it also measures resistance to external or temporary handicaps, such as noisy environments or bad lighting.
Coal combustion more harmful than the nuclear? (9 January 2006)
According to a seemingly serious article by Alex Gabbard, coal combustion produces more radioactivity than nuclear power.
Americans living near coal-fired power plants are exposed to higher radiation doses than those living near nuclear power plants that meet government regulations
I’m puzzled. (Via Slashdot)