January 29, 2004
Accessify In Shortlist for SXSW Web Awards
It gives me great pleasure in breaking my posting drought to announce that
Accessify’s Tools & Wizards
page (home of such tools as the List-O-Matic,
Acrobot and other accessibility
related tools) is in the shortlist for this year’s web awards at the South by
South West Web Awards. It’ll be in great company (as
the other shortlisted sites show) and I’m personally very pleased that it
got as far as this (I certainly didn’t expect it to).
The problem I have now is that I feel duty-bound to go along and attend, which
is no easy thing as I recently took a career break and am currently
on the other side of the world watching the budget very carefully! If anyone
can help me with this predicament, I’d love to hear from you. Ah, so here’s
where the begging bowl gets reeled out …
If you would be willing to sponsor my trip from Sydney (where I expect to be
by early March) to Austin Texas, I could do the following:
- Add a company logo/credit and link back on the Tools
& Wizards page (anyone visiting SXSW’s nominations list will be pointed
to this page). This is not the same as the standard footer text that is on
Accessify’s pages - it will be more prominent than this.
- Mention to anyone I meet personally how gracious you’ve been by helping
me to be there.
- If the site wins, I will ensure that the sponsor gets a mention in the acceptance
speech and on the post-event video that they shoot with the winning entries
Note that this page will be getting significantly higher visits as a result
of the award nomination and sponsoring this page will offer greater exposure
for anyone willing to help out. Please also note that I would prefer any potential
sponsor to be an Internet-related business (web design/hosting/consultancy/development
etc); it also make most sense to the sponsor, as it will be primarily web professionals
who will be visiting this page from SXSW’s site.
If you are interested in helping me, or if you would like to find out more
information, please drop me a line using the contact
January 23, 2004
The Rolling Rampage
Dave Shea passed me a link to Rolling Rampage, the site is a great example of the use of Web Standards for a very sexy looking site. I’m not convinced on the Accessibility due to the text being difficult to read, and thought twice before posting about it, but I figured it would be a good idea to let you have your say in the forum.
January 21, 2004
Don’t forget to check out what’s happening with the projects that are currently partnered with Accessify Forum:
The first open source project aimed at producing a cross platform web-site accessibility testing tool. Links:
More Accessibility related links than you can shake a stick at. Links:
The Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS)
It’s a gulid for accessible web designers, that’s probably you, so join it! See the following links for more information:
January 16, 2004
Recently mentioned at WaSP the Accessibility Toolbar provides Internet Explorer with:
….one-click access to the validators….snap your browser window to a specific resolution without manually dragging a corner…..turn CSS off at any time…….and beyond!
January 13, 2004
Web Standards and Accessibility Presentation
I’m giving an introduction to Web Standards and Accessibility in Hull (UK) on the 29th of January, full details.
January 11, 2004
Widgit Software have announced a new browser aimed at users with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
The developers say that it can process most web pages, and automatically turn text into symbols that help. The software is expected to cost around £70. However, one drawback is that it will not be able to process embedded Java and Flash applications.
January 2, 2004
Happy New Year
It may be a few days late, but never mind about that. I just wanted to express my gratitude towards anyone who has ever taken the time to read the site, link to the site, email me with suggestions (some of which I get round to taking up or fixing!) and so on.
it’s been a little slim on news recently, and it’s been even more difficult for me to keep tabs on things on account of being away from things somewhat of late. However, I hope to keep an ear to the ground, and I know that others are contributing to the home page anyway. Let’s keep those home fires burning.
Happy New Year to all visitors to this site!