An Event Apart Boston is going swimmingly, but I’m taking a break to post this story from a BBC site that explains that the BBC has taken the decision to remove the hCalendar microformat from /programmes until
either the BBC accessibility group does further testing and declares the abbreviation design pattern to be safe to use
or the microformats community settles on an accessible alternative to the abbreviation design pattern
I’ve long been worried about the accessibility of microformats, so experimented and found that the way that dates are marked up is inaccessible to users of the big two screenreaders, and began writing an article to that effect.
James Craig, who is 97 times more helpful than I am, decided to research a better way to embed machine-parsable dates in content.
We jointly wrote up our results in an article called “hAccessibility“, which James published today.
Yay for the Geek in the Park meeting. I missed the picnic, as I was returning from monstrous partying for my kid brother’s birthday, but got there in time to actually have a pre-speaking run-through with my partner-in-crime, Pat Lauke, to make sure the two-handed presentation we’d jammed by phone and mail worked.
My notes, combined with some notes Patrick gave me, are reproduced. These are dense, as we talked for two hours, as this is just our crib sheet rather than a full transcript (if you want the full thing, we are available for weddings, barmitzvahs and satanic orgies. Especially satantic orgies).
In the world of religious loonies, there are two main kinds of nutter. One is the fundamentalist – someone with the attitude that a tract is the work of God, perfect and unquestionable; if it’s mentioned in the Book, it’s beyond doubt no matter how daft. The second sub-genre of nutter is the exegesist: someone who believes that extra, unwritten information may be teased out of the text with enough insight and critical reading.
Web Standards evangelist types will all recognise both type of adherent to that Holy of Holies: the w3c specs.
Sun 18 Sept, 8.30 p.m. This post is already marked “considered harmful” as the script does not give maximum accessibility, nor fill the browser with nourishing valid code. The comments are good, though: thanks Gez and Lachlan. A proper script will appear in a couple of days, so watch this space. (Hey, does that mean I’m a script-tease artist?). There’s also a good discussion of the subject on the Accessify forum.
target=”_blank”. We’ve all done it – whether because the boss says “open external links in new windows so our site is still open”, or for non-html documents, or just because we want to drive Jakob into an early grave. Continue reading New windows in xhtml strict
As the thickest member of the WaSP ATF, I’ve been having a bit of a think about what the terms Accessibility, Standards, Semantics mean, trying to reach a working definition of the three terms, and how they inter-relate (while the other ATFers do hard work).
A good, modern website is like a stool. (The wooden kind. An inaccessible website is like the other kind.) The most stable stool is the one where each of the three legs is the same length, carries equal weight and supports its load well. Of course, it’s perfectly possible to sit on wobbly stool – but if it’s too wobbly, you’ll fall flat on your arse, in much the same way as this metaphor does.