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Speaking at Mom 2.0 in Houston, TX

I will be in Houston this week to speak at the Mom 2.0 Summit (Feb. 18-20, 2010, Houston, TX). To make it a little easier to describe, here’s their description of the event:Talk shop with social media influencers, industry leaders and leading brands as they share best practices. Discuss ways…

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Tags: speaking, usability

January 2010 Browser Stats

Mashable has posted information about browser usage (Browser Usage Stats: Chrome Grows While IE and Firefox Shrink) stats from Net Applications. In short, Chrome continues its climb at the expense of Explorer and Firefox. The original data comes from January of 2010 and shows that Chrome has gained 0.57% to…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

Too Soon to Advocate HTML5?

At the site Rebuilding the Web there is plenty of content questioning the current process and chaos around HTML5 and related specs. A piece that drew my attention echoes the dust-ups I have had over HTML5 (and XHTML2) and whether it’s a good idea to push it so hard when…

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Tags: html, rant, standards

Define “Cognitive Disability”

This image is borrowed from the WebAIM article on Cognitive Disabilities.In the blog post Definitions of “Cognitive Disability” by John Rochford, we can see that it’s not so easy to define the term “cognitive disability.” Given how often this term appears in accessibility statements and requirements for web sites, the…

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Tags: accessibility, WCAG

Mashable on the Web of Tomorrow

Mashable bills itself as a social media guide, although it tends to cover Web 2.0 (yes, I am still not a fan of that term), current trends (viral hits and the like), and even a fair amount of randomness. Ben Parr, Mashable’ co-editor, just wrote the article What the Web…

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Tags: internet

Mobile Internet Use Continues Climb

Last week Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo stated that mobile devices provide the majority of phone subscribers with internet access, often their first and only internet access (reported in the article Nokia: Majority of world accesses internet through a mobile). He feels that as more and more people sign up…

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Tags: internet, mobile

Firefox 3.6 Is Here

As you may have noticed in my warning tweet yesterday, Firefox 3.6 is out.Firefox 3.6 was released today and is the very browser I am using to write this post. So far it hasn’t blown up, and I abuse my browsers with tab counts around 70 or so. It’s memory…

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Tags: Firefox

Accessible Video and Transcripts

With HTML5 on the horizon, it is becoming far easier to embed video on a web page than it has been. Sure, you can drop some code copied from YouTube, but you have little control over the HTML or the video output. Once you do have your video, you also…

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Tags: accessibility, html, video, W3C, WAI, WCAG, YouTube

Against Vertical Navigation

There is a well written post over at Smashing Magazine by Louis Lazaris titled The Case Against Vertical Navigation. I have made this argument to my own clients (and other web professionals) many times, often with feedback that implies the client knows how users actually surf. This article wraps up…

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Tags: design, usability, UX

The Latest on HTML5

Many of us have been following the ongoing progress of HTML5 for some time now, alternately curious and confused by the nascent specification. Comics like the one above (from the CSSquirrel site) demonstrate the frustration many web professionals are feeling with the mixed messages they think they see from the…

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Tags: html, standards, W3C, whatwg

W3C: Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites

For those of us who make a living working with organizations to help make their web sites accessible to users with disabilities, we’ve got it easy — the client wants to hear our recommendations. As users, however, all too often we stumble across an accessibility issue and don’t know what…

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Tags: accessibility, standards, W3C, WAI

Article: Lots of Twitter Followers Guarantees… Nothing

This article was originally posted on evolt.org, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted evolt.org the right to use this article on their web site, and they are the only entity with the right to reproduce it. Anil Dash posted a story called Life…

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Tags: rant, social media, Twitter

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