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The Rise and Rise of Web Accessibility and Inclusive Digital Design

Falling as it does in the last month of the year, today’s 26th International Day of Persons with Disabilities* is a good time to reflect on progress toward achieving Intopia’s aim of ‘creating an inclusive digital world’.  It also comes after a spate of major web tech conferences in Australia during the second half of the year, which …

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What Newsletters Should Designers and Developers Be Subscribing To?

We put out the call on Twitter and Facebook: “What email newsletters are you following these days?” The task of compiling your (many, many) responses has fallen to me. I should disclose that I have a vested interest in that I currently edit a bi-weekly email newsletter for a conference organizer, UX Australia. In fact, over the years, …

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What’s New in WCAG 2.1?

WCAG 2.1 was published in its final form in June 2018. WCAG 2.1 is an extension to WCAG 2.0 that provides guidance to better address some of the needs of people with disabilities accessing content on mobile devices, people with low vision, and people with cognitive or learning disabilities. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are an initiative of the World Wide …

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Which Podcasts Should Web Designers and Developers Be Listening To?

We asked the Smashing community what podcasts they listened to, aiming to compile a shortlist of current podcasts for web designers and developers. We had what can only be called a very strong response — both in number and in passion. First, we winnowed out the podcasts that were on a broader theme (e.g. creativity, …

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CSUN 2018 – The Aftermath

The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is over for another year, and speakers, participants and attendees have scattered back to their various parts of the world. With an event like this, it’s always good to take a moment to reflect on what took place, how it went down and what people had to say about it. …

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Eat at Sandy’s

I enjoyed building this site for a local restaurant (Woonona, what was Bon Aroma) that is quite remarkable (IMO). Fantastic food, really amazing dishes in a very family-friendly setting that encourages shared meals. Our last meal for four including two teenagers was about a hundred bucks. And lovely people – they run SandyGoodWich cafe in …

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Is Accessibility Changing?

Despite the evolution of a prodigiously detailed listing of possible web access needs and how they can be met – aka the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – web professionals across all disciplines have continued to regard accessibility as being about edge cases, the addressing of which is hard to justify in terms of effort, cost or even good PR.

But could this be changing?

Code 17 in 100 Tweets

This was an experiment in describing an entire two day conference through the device of exactly 100 selected tweets.

Code Leaders, Melbourne, 2 August 2017

That was quite a day!

I reckon very few of the 140 or so of us at this first Code Leaders conference in Melbourne had a clear idea of how the day would pan out.

It’s probably fair to say that no-one except John Allsopp, the event’s creator and the heart and soul of Web Directions, had a complete vision of how it would all work.

And even John would concede that he was uncertain how successful this approach would be.

Well, it was. And how.