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Slides of my keynote speech at AccessU conference in Austin, Texas, May 17, 2011.

Slides of my keynote speech at AccessU conference in Austin, Texas, May 17, 2011.

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  • BA from Univ of Mich; Carpool lane; Starbucks; “DJDen on Blip.fm”, good mix.
  • BA from Univ of Mich; Carpool lane; Starbucks; “DJDen on Blip.fm”, good mix.
  • http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2011/03/29/how-fast-is-the-internet-at-google-mind-blowing/ US average is about 10 MBPS
  • http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2011/03/29/how-fast-is-the-internet-at-google-mind-blowing/ US average is about 10 MBPS
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/nyregion/nissan-minivan-chosen-as-new-york-citys-next-taxi.html http://www.unitedspinal.org/2011/05/04/united-spinal-denounces-new-york-city-taxi-pick/ charging station includes a regular outlet and two USB ports NYC overlooked a wheelchair- and scooter-friendly taxi made by a Turkish company, Karsan that could be made in Brooklyn employing 800 workers. First batch by the end of 2013.
  • http://twitter.com/#!/margalit/status/67341840453607424
  • Most viewed pic on my Flickr account.
  • First full-time web programmer hired.
  • Headings, form element labels
  • First trip 2 ½ months after 9/11
  • Headings, form element labels
  • Started in cold, unfinished basement of condo outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over 8300 RSS subscribers.
  • http://www.mostpeoplearedjs.com/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/detroitpodcasters/ http://www.facebook.com/detroitpodcasters
  • http://www.mostpeoplearedjs.com/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/detroitpodcasters/ http://www.facebook.com/detroitpodcasters
  • http://3.7designs.co/
  • http://refreshdetroit.org/ http://refreshdetroit.org/2011/05/05/may-26th-meeting-topic-phonegap/ http://refreshingcities.org/
  • http://webaxe.blogspot.com/2010/09/podcast-84-web-axe-5-year-anniversary.html
  • http://www.thenetawards.com/
  • http://webaxe.blogspot.com/2010/09/podcast-84-web-axe-5-year-anniversary.html
  • http://webaxe.blogspot.com/2010/09/podcast-84-web-axe-5-year-anniversary.html
  • http://juicystudio.com/article/twitter-focus.php
  • First page of Chapter 1, Getting Started.
  • More at: http://www.accessibletwitter.com/articles.php
  • http://twitter.com/#!/Alyssa_Milano/status/23061141716
  • TWTRCON is now The Realtime Report http://therealtimereport.com/events/sf10/
  • laid off, web app attempts
  • Espresso con panna 2001 (same as 508 enacted) .net magazine's Best of the Web (best podcast) Alyssa Milano
  • Espresso con panna 2001 (same as 508 enacted) .net magazine's Best of the Web (best podcast) Alyssa Milano
  • Espresso con panna 2001 (same as 508 enacted) .net magazine's Best of the Web (best podcast) Alyssa Milano
  • Espresso con panna 2001 (same as 508 enacted) .net magazine's Best of the Web (best podcast) Alyssa Milano
  • Espresso con panna 2001 (same as 508 enacted) .net magazine's Best of the Web (best podcast) Alyssa Milano
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    • 1. Confessions of a Web Accessibility Author, Developer John Slatin AccessU Austin, TX | May 17, 2011 Dennis Lembree
    • 2. My Story
    • 11. Background
      • Married with two boys.
      • 12. From Michigan; now in California; also lived in Florida.
      • 13. Likes:
        • Espresso con panna (usually at Starbucks)
        • 14. Motorcycling
        • 15. ‘ 80s music (DJDen on Blip.fm)
        • 16. Star Wars
        • 17. Judge Judy
    • 18. Background
      • Creator/author of Web Axe and Accessible Twitter.
      • 19. Recent freelance writer for DesignFestival.com.
      • 20. Day job at Research In Motion (RIM) – maker of BlackBerry.
    • 21. Confession 1
      • My personal mobile device is an iPhone.
    • 22. I'm Non-Partisan
      • BlackBerry for day job.
      • 23. Windows main desktop computer.
      • 24. MacBook Pro laptop.
      • 25. Android tablet (Samsung Galaxy).
      • 26. Ubuntu (Linux) on old Dell laptop.
    • 27. How did you get started?
      • People often ask how I got involved in web accessibility.
        • “ What’s your motivation?”
        • 28. “ Are you or someone in your family impaired?”
      • No, just believe in equality & fairness.
    • 29. About Fairness
      • Blind, color-blind, partially-sighted, or fully sighted.
      • 30. Deaf, HOH, or hearing.
      • 31. Memory loss or good memory.
      • 32. Native language, second language, low reading level.
      • 33. Mouse, keyboard, single switch, or head wand.
      • 34. Modern browser, IE6 or text-only.
      • 35. 800x600 or 1680x1050.
      • 36. JavaScript or no JavaScript.
      • 37. 14.4 kbps dialup or broadband.
    • 38. About Fairness
      • Choice of technology must not create an unfair burden or provide unequal content to the user.
    • 39. NYC Taxi Fail
      • New York city fails to pick an accessible taxi for new fleet.
      • 40. Has “bells and whistles” but can’t accommodate all customers. Sound familiar?!
    • 41. Tweet
    • 42. Missed the point
      • Not equal access; not fair.
      • 43. People could also:
        • Call the airline to make a flight reservation.
        • 44. Travel to the water company to pay a bill.
        • 45. Get news from newspaper or radio.
      • Who also missed the point (on NYC taxis):
        • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
        • 46. Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith
        • 47. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky
    • 48. Missed the point
      • Poor parenting?
      • 49. Poor environment?
      • 50. Poor education?
      • 51. Poor training?
    • 52. Michigan
      • My parents raised me to be fair.
      • 53. Raised in Dearborn, Michigan.
      • 54. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 1992.
      • 55. Four years at Entertainment Publications, Inc. (Troy, MI).
    • 56. Confession 2
      • I don’t have a degree involving computers.
      • 57. BA in Communications, Advertising/Public Relations.
    • 58. Florida
      • Moved to Orlando in 1997.
      • 59. Several jobs in marketing, tech writing, and web development.
      • 60. Yes, I worked at Disney. No, I didn’t play Mickey Mouse.
      • 61. It’s really, really humid.
      • 62. Fun for weekend trips and theme parks!
    • 63. Entrance to Tomorrowland
    • 64. Confession 3
      • I was laid off at two start-ups in Orlando.
    • 65. Carley Corporation
      • Web-based training.
      • 66. Mostly government and military contracts.
      • 67. Section 508 went into effect in June 2001, just after starting at Carley Corp.
      • 68. As first web developer at Carley, took on task of learning and implementing Section 508.
    • 69. Carley Corporation
      • Apply skills.
      • 70. Learn basics of web accessibility.
      • 71. Crossover
    • 74. Confession 4
      • Went to England 6 times for 2 projects at Carley Corp, and never took my fiancée. She’s (still) not happy about that.
    • 75. Moved Back To Michigan
      • We got married.
      • 76. We got pregnant.
    • 77. Web Axe
      • Podcast and blog on web accessibility since 2005.
      • 78. http://webaxe.blogspot.com
    • 79. Confession 5
      • It wasn’t my idea to start a podcast.
    • 80. Early Influence
      • Detroit Podcasters Network
      • 81. Mike Pfeiffer of Most People Are DJs (alternative music podcast)
    • 82. In the beginning...
      • Early Web Axe podcasts were brief, basic.
      • Fewer blogs more podcasts (now opposite).
    • 83. New Life
      • Ross Johnson of 3.7 Designs (downtown Ann Arbor) joins Web Axe in 2006.
        • Successful web design company.
          • GM
          • 84. Michigan State University
          • 85. AnnArbor.com
        • Currently writing a book on design.
    • 86. Refresh Detroit
      • Chapter of Refreshing Cities community.
      • 87. Co-founder with Ross Johnson.
      • 88. Still active: May 26th meeting on PhoneGap.
      • 89. Ross and I no longer have active roles.
    • 90. Web Axe Highlights
      • 5-Year Web Axe Anniversary podcast
    • 99. Web Axe Highlights
      • Other guests and interviews.
    • 107. Web Axe Highlights
      • 3-time nominee for "Podcast of the Year" in .net magazine's Best of the Web awards.
      dot net magazine awards 2010 logo
    • 108. Web Axe Highlights
      • Critiques
        • CA.gov Web Site Accessibility Page
        • 109. New Section 508 Web Site
        • 110. Podcast #69: Recovery.gov Site Review
      • Can consumers trust website accessibility declarations?
        • Study for ANEC by the University of Middlesex
        • 111. “ Only 3 websites out of 76 government and public body websites certified by a third-party were accessible, while none of the commercial websites out of 24 that had self-declared could be considered accessible”
    • 112. Confession 6
      • I actually enjoy doing the critiques.
    • 113. Web Axe Highlights
      • Blog: Music About Web Accessibility (Feb)
        • WCAG 2.0 Theme Song by David MacDonald (YouTube).
        • 114. Assistive Technology Boogie - fun, and it's accessible Flash!
        • 115. "Man With Small F" (The Inaccessible PDF Song) by Terrill Thompson.
        • 116. Inaccessible song by Daniel Davis.
        • 117. Listen to the Web Axe theme song!
    • 118. Web Axe Highlights
      • Accessibility The Musical
        • Tomorrow (Wed): 3:30 to 5 PM
        • 119. Sharron Rush
        • 120. Panel of people with disabilities on how they experience music, dance and media through rich internet experiences and events made accessible through the use of assistive technologies.
    • 121. Web Axe Highlights
      • “ Fixing alt” series.
      • 122. So many comics and infographics still do not have alternative text.
      • 123. Fun examples of how to write.
    • 124. Fixing Alt Example Social Media Definition by Peeing
      • Man in Twitter t-shirt, holding crotch, face strained: "I need to pee."
      • 125. Man in Foursquare t-shirt pointing at pee on floor: "I'm peeing here."
      • 126. Man in Slideshare t-shirt, arms raised: "Why I am Great at Peeing."
    • 127. First Web Apps
      • Screenplaze
      • 128. Great Wedding Plans (never built)
      • 129. My Client Time
    • 130. Accessible Twitter
      • Accessible web-based Twitter application.
      • 131. http://www.AccessibleTwitter.com
    • 132. Confession 7
      • It wasn’t my idea to create a web-accessible Twitter application.
    • 133. How started
      • Gez Lemon’s article Twitter Focus on Juicy Studio.
        • Greasemonkey script makes favorite, reply and delete links keyboard accessible (Old Twitter).
      • Doug Diego’s suggestion.
    • 134. Great mentions
      • The Twitter Book
        • By Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein
    • 135. Great mentions
      • Articles
        • Accessible Twitter: how it should have been done to start with
          • by Andy Bryant, LessFuss Design
        • Accessible Twitter: Advancement through technology
          • by Léonie Watson, Nomena
        • Accessible Twitter on . eduGuru
          • by Nick DeNardis
        • Interview with Accessible Twitter creator Dennis Lembree
          • by Accessify.com
    • 136. Great mentions
      • Alyssa Milano tweet! September 5, 2010.
    • 137. It's nice to be appreciated
      • Recipient of the American Foundation for the Blind 2011 Access Award.
        • Other recipients are CBS, Lexmark, and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
        • 138. Irony: Class-action lawsuit against Disney for inaccessible websites around same time.
    • 139. Eat my own dog food
      • I use Accessible Twitter for all my Twitter accounts.
    • 140. Confession 8
      • I use HootSuite for timed tweets.
      • 141. (And usually Seesmic on mobile)
    • 142. Owly on AT
      • HootSuite owl mascot trying Accessible Twitter.
        • Twitter Executive Conference, San Francisco, Nov 2010.
    • 143. Concerns
      • No text link underlines.
      • 144. Lack of proper headings.
      • 145. Lack of keyboard access, focus.
      • 146. Redundant title attributes (pet peeve).
      • 147. Missing alternative text in comics (and infographics).
    • 148. Concerns
      • longdesc attribute obsolete in HTML5.
        • My 2-part article about long description on DesignFestival.
        • 149. John Foliot, Stanford
      • alt attribute optional in HTML5.
        • In the mix: title, aria-labelledby, role=presentation, figcaption, generator meta tag
        • 150. HTML5 Accessibility Chops: the alt decision
        • 151. Steve Faulkner, The Paciello Group.
      • Change Proposals have been opened on both issues.
    • 152. Lessons Learned
      • Take opportunity when arises.
      • 153. Always consider all types of users; be inclusive.
      • 154. Use different types of technologies.
      • 155. Relationships rule; personal growth.
      • 156. A great user experience is ultimate goal; not complying with checklists and validation tests.
      • 157. Try, try again.
      • 158. Take your significant other to a foreign country with you when you have the chance.
    • 159. Quiz 1/5
      • What’s my favorite drink at Starbucks?
    • 160. Quiz 2/5
      • In what year did I start at Carley Corporation?
    • 161. Quiz 3/5
      • For what award is Web Axe a 3-time nominee?
    • 162. Quiz 4/5
      • What Twitter celebrity tweeted about Accessible Twitter?
    • 163. Quiz 5/5
      • From what university did I graduate?
    • 164. Contact Info
      • @dennisl http://DennisLembree.com
      • 165. @webaxe http://WebAxe.blogspot.com
      • 166. @accessibleTwitr http://AccessibleTwitter.com

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