Web Standards & Accessibility: June 9th-10th
The company I work for finally granted me permission to go to my first ever conference, with about 6 hours to spare for their ‘early-bird’ discount, and I really can’t wait.
It will be a chance to see the celebrities, of their genre, in the flesh instead of reading their words on a website. Everything that I’ve learnt about web standards, accessibility and css has been from reading various tutorials, web logs and reference pages from the web. I’ve longed to have some actual face-to-face education rather than the painstaking trial and error of learning from online examples. I realise it won’t be the class setting I want, but it’s a start.
Molly E. Holzsomething
A non-web-geek friend asked me which people I hoped to see at the conference and I tried to start telling him… then I realised, this was the first time I had ever said any of these people’s and blogs’ names out loud and I didn’t have a clue how to pronounce most of them. I’ve only ever discussed these things online before, typing them into address bars, clicking on feed reader links and the odd email to a friend. So hopefully the conference will rectify this as well.
Speakers include Jeffrey Zeldman, Douglas Bowman, Molly E. Holzschlag and Andy Budd. These are a web developer’s heros, well mine at least (I am sure that usual lurkers won’t have heard of any of them). These experts make up the majority of my online reading/learning as I am sure they do for countless others.
The lectures I am most looking forward to are: The Beauty of CSS, XHTML & CSS: A Web Standards Approach and Accessibility Building Blocks. It is very strange being so privately passionate about something, it will be good to mix with so many people who share the same interest in web standards and accessibility.
To make the whole thing less ‘computer geek’, a pub meet has been arranged. There’s also the @media Party on the first night and an ‘after-show wind-down’ on the second.
Web standards and beer – what a great combination!