A kick up the arse

Right, that’s it – no more shilly shallying around, getting distracted by you lot and your fascinating blogs. Time to stop faffing about and start learning css properly, following web standards and above all to ensure that this site adheres to accessibility guidelines.

What’s prompted this? A post by pixeldiva – if you live in the UK, do go read it and follow up with an email or letter to your MP.

Some of you will have heard my rants about web accessibility, some of you won’t.

For several obvious and not so obvious reasons, accessibility is very important to me. I don’t talk about it much here, which might seem a bit surprising, but when its your job, you need to have some “off” time too.

So why am I breaking that particular personal rule and potentially “outing” myself now?

Because it’s important.

Because not enough people know they legally have to do it, and because those that do, all too often can’t be bothered doing it properly.

Because the state of the web just isn’t good enough, and because when people do make an effort and do something that’s particularly impressive it deserves to be brought to the attention of as wide an audience as possible.

Accessify, here I come!

5 Responses to “A kick up the arse”

  1. eo
    January 15th, 2005 03:38

    hey there. I’ve been doing CSS for sometime now. Glad to see ya get on the boat. There are lots of resourcse out there for it on the Intarweb. Toughest time I have with it is the interoperability between the 10,000 different browsers out there. I don’t know how much you’ve been into it. One thing that used to burn me a lot was not having a proper html header. ya know, that confusing bit up at the top of your html page…

    Like typepad’s header says it is an Xhtml page but its type is ‘transitional’ meaning that folks dont know if it will break or they havent finished porting from an older spec. This causes many browsers to render the page in ‘Quirks mode’ which can play havok with your css and make you loose hair. Try setting your headers to ‘Strict’ mode before starting out.

    Sorry to rant on :)

    See: http://www.alistapart.com/stories/doctype/

    A list apart is good.

    eo (mary’s son)

  2. Chloe
    January 15th, 2005 11:42

    My site is probably totally non-accessible, and likely to remain so for some time, as web producing is not what I do for a living anymore, and if it were – I’d still probably have no time to implement it at home, and even less desire.

    I think of myself as the small business owner who has no viable means or space to to implement wheelchair ramps around my shop. :(

    I will likely go out of business soon, and be replaced by a Wal-Mart. *sigh*

    But I’m a little confused… I didn’t think handicap accessibility depended upon CSS specifically. I’m not quite sure how that figures.

  3. Annie
    January 15th, 2005 21:40

    My letter is ready for posting. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  4. stroppycow
    January 16th, 2005 22:48

    at least my MP won’t know how badly designed my site is when he reads my e-mail.

  5. Daisy
    January 16th, 2005 23:01

    A list apart is a treasure trove of design articles and spookily enough,
    an article by accessibility guru Joe Clark is top of the page as we speak. Thanks for the reminder eo.

    Chloe, I realise that css per se isn’t vital to accessibility but if I’m going to follow web standards then using css to achieve accessibility is the way to go.

    Thanks Annie!

    Hah! Are you able to change any coding on 20six blogs stroppycow? But your secret’s safe with us :-0))

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