November 2012 - Broken Links Archive

Accessibility isn’t Optional

A new, light­weight datepick­er wid­get, Pickadate.js, was released recent­ly, and caused a few peo­ple to con­tact its cre­ator, @Amsul, regard­ing a lack of acces­si­bil­i­ty fea­tures in the code. His reply was quite depressing:

Our tar­get mar­ket does­n’t need it [acces­si­bil­i­ty], so its safe for us to use. 

Most of us, I’m sure, would admit that we could do a bet­ter job of mak­ing our web­sites acces­si­ble, but to active­ly state that a11y isn’t required seems wil­ful­ly stu­pid. I don’t know how you get to serve pages only to your tar­get mar­ket. I mean, this is the web; it’s pub­lic; stuff gets everywhere.

Through sheer serendip­i­ty I read an arti­cle by Karl Groves about an hour lat­er, which states clear­ly why a11y should be some­thing you con­cern your­self with: Yes, actu­al­ly, it may be you one day. He sums it up perfectly:

If you mar­ket or devel­op ICT prod­ucts and ser­vices and you’re still ignor­ing acces­si­bil­i­ty, you’re ignor­ing the com­ing real­i­ty. One day it will be you, or some­one you know and love. 

Speaking at Future of Web Design in Prague

I’m very proud to have been asked to present at the first Future of Web Design in Prague, Czech Repub­lic, lat­er this month. I’ll be giv­ing a one-day work­shop, called CSS3 Mas­ter Class, then pre­sent­ing a talk with the title CSS3 Lay­outs for the Mul­ti-screen World in the Design track the fol­low­ing day.

If you fan­cy see­ing a great line-up of local and inter­na­tion­al speak­ers in the beau­ti­ful city of Prague you can get a 10% dis­count by using the code SPEAKER10 when you reg­is­ter; that’s almost €50 off a one-day tick­et, €90 off a two-day tick­et, and over €100 off the full work­shop and con­fer­ence tick­et. That should help con­vince your boss to pay for it. Hope to see some of you there.


I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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