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AccessU 2011 Keynote

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

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AccessU 2011 Keynote

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

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