Derek Featherstone: CSS, Accessibility, and You

Here’s a free, hour-long talk that Derek Featherstone recently delivered at the CSS Developer Conference in New Orleans.

When most people think about accessibility, they think about HTML as the foundation for accessibility. It makes perfect sense — strong semantic HTML has a huge impact on a visually impaired person using a screen reader. But, what about people with other disabilities? The truth is, there are many more people with low-vision out there than there are blind. There are more fully-sighted keyboard users in the wild than there are non-sighted keyboard users. And there are a huge number of other disabilities that most people don’t even consider when they build their sites and applications. In order to provide the best of user experience to people of all abilities, we must move beyond “write great HTML and you’ll be accessible.” To do that, we use CSS. In this session, we’ll share with you some of the most significant accessibility challenges we face when it comes to the web today and share with you solutions for addressing those head on with the CSS you write. You’ll learn all about the issues, AND know what to do about them.

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If You Use IBM Lotus Notes Then You Need to See This Groundbreaking Product

The London Developer Co-Op has created a tool named “Via” that every single company running IBM’s Lotus Notes and IBM’s Lotus Domino need to look at. I’m not going to get into the why customers need to consider LDC Via, as I think most of you know why already. Take it from me, this is the one and only tool that you can use to “modernize” your Notes and Domino data – period.

Each and every day I am hearing from colleagues, customers and community members asking what should they do with their data now that they are migrating off of the platform. Up until recently I didn’t have a solid answer, but now I do.

Go check out LDC Via now and let them know Bruce sent you. Also, if you will be at IBM’s ConnectED conference in January 2015, go and find Ben Poole, Julian Woodward or Mark Myers for a demo.

 

Seven Microsoft MTA’s Completed

Earlier this week I completed my seventh Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals (Exam 98-375). This exam focussed on the following:

  • Managing the Application Life Cycle
  • Building the User Interface by Using HTML5: Text, Graphics, and Media
  • Building the User Interface by Using HTML5: Organization, Input, and Validation
  • Understanding CSS Essentials: Content Flow, Positioning, and Styling
  • Understanding CSS Essentials: Layouts
  • Managing Text Flow by Using CSS
  • Managing the Graphical Interface by Using CSS
  • Understanding JavaScript and Coding Essentials
  • Creating Animations, Working with Graphics, and Accessing Data
  • JavaScript Coding for the Touch Interface, Device and Operating System Resources, and More

Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed the last few months:

  1. Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, July 17, 2014
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals, June 18, 2014
  3. Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals, June 11, 2014
  4. Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Administration Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  5. Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  6. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, June 04, 2014
  7. Microsoft Technology Associate: Software Development Fundamentals, February 25, 2014

Next up is the .NET Fundamentals exam.

Basic Facts and Resources You Need to Know Now About Web Accessibility

Bruce Elgort:

Here are some great resources that my colleague Lorelle VanFossen has put together regarding web accessibility. Have a read and let me know if web accessibility is part of your design work.

Originally posted on Lorelle on WordPress:

WordPress Themes Last night I gave a presentation for an amazing group of web designers and developers in Portland, Oregon. I spoke about web accessibility, a long time passion of mine. My co-presenter was Winslow Parker from the Oregon Commission for the Blind who has been teaching screen reading and computer techniques to the blind. He’s also a long time expert and consultant for JAWS Screen Reading Software . He also happens to be blind, so his passion for his work is tightly mixed with his passion for life and accessibility.

Glenda Watson Hyatt, author of How Pour is Your Blog free ebookAs I stood before the crowd at WebTrends, beside me in spirit are two of the world’s passionate leaders in web accessibility. Glenda Watson Hyatt, author of Blog Accessibility and the free ebook, The POUR Ebook: Standards, Tips, and Techniques for Meeting Web Accessibility Standards, and Aaron Gustafso, author of Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive…

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Free Online Book: Learning JavaScript Design Patterns

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Addy Osmani has released an open-source book on JavaScript Design Patterns.

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 unported license. It is available for purchase via O’Reilly Media but will remain available for both free online and as a physical (or eBook) purchase for readers wishing to support the project.

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Go Watch This Video Now: Java vs JavaScript Throwdown

David Leedy just produced a brilliant NotesIn9 video that all developers should go and watch now. Seriously, go and watch it.

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Video: Getting to Know Macaw’s Tools

Video: An Introduction to the Macaw Interface

Now Available > Macaw: Stop writing code, start drawing it

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