A brief round up of what I did this year, mainly for myself but you can read it if you want.
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One of my favourite stews to make and it’s no longer on his website, fortunately I’d copied it and here it is mainly so I can read it when I need to.
I wanted to do a round-up of things I’ve written in 2012, but quite pathetically that would give me a list of three, so I’ll add to that what I’ve been working on this year.
A new domain is born—wai-aria.punkchip.com—a place for me to keep all the great articles and links I found about ARIA.
The Guardian Interactive Team use Flash, almost exclusively, to create data visualisations and infographics for interactive content on guardian.co.uk. The two main reasons are that it is quick to build and that it looks identical in all browsers.
Last week Apple launched the Mac App Store where you can download free and paid-for applications for your Mac just as you can on your iPhone and iPad.
After a root around it myself, I can’t imagine I’ll ever use it. So who is it for?
I recently bought myself Amazon’s new Kindle and whilst I really like it, the only people I’d feel happy recommending it to are those that travel and read a lot! I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I’ve come up with a few thumbs up and few thumbs down for it:
I bought a new iPhone game the other day called Magnetic Block Puzzle and turns out it’s quite fun and thought I’d recommend it to you all.
It’s priced at £1.19 (or $2 depending which Apple Store you’re using) and for the game content I think it’s worth the splash. It’s less than the price of a cup of coffee but lasts longer and is much more addictive!
I think what we all took away from the latest conference is that the Future of Web Design isn’t clear yet. It expanded on a conversation I had with a friend the other day where we decided that in the last few months web standards has hit a lull. During @media2005 everyone was so excited to be there talking shop and swapping ideas that we couldn’t wait to get back to our desks to put into practice what we’d been shown – zoom layouts, microformats, etc. But fast foward 2 years and there just isn’t anything to get our teeth into.
The Feeling is one of those bands that seem to fly just below my music radar. Of course I’d heard of them, they were hyped quite frequently by Radio 1, but I never seemed to link the band to any songs. I’d hear songs like “Sewn” and “Fill My Little World” and love them, but it’s only recently that I realised they were done by the same group.
So I bought their album Twelve Stops and Home and like most of the songs. My favourite, by far, is Rosé.
On Monday I went to a demonstration of JAWS screen-reader, that I had heard about through The Web Standards Group discussion list a few weeks ago. It was presented by Steve Green, the director of Test Partners who provide manual testing services (functionality, compatibility and accessibility). Steve had enlisted the help of John (registered blind), who I believe is usually involved in the testing of their clients’ websites/applications, to be the “screen-reader user”.
I found the session extremely interesting and learnt a lot from it. The main thing I wanted to come away with was how to use JAWS myself and to understand how a vision-impaired user would go about browsing a website.
This is going to be a one-off as I don’t want this site turning into MySpace, but this is too funny to let slip by:
It actually made me make an external sound of amusement, rather than laughing inside like I usually do in the office.
Last Friday (2006-11-08) I was at d.Construct, a web conference held in Brighton. The official tag line was
…an affordable, one-day conference aimed at those building the latest generation of web-based applications and discussed
…how new technology is transforming the web from a document delivery system into an application platform.
To summarise, the day included discussions on API’s and web services, tagging and mash-ups with a bit of accessibility and usability thrown in for good measure. This post aggregates any slides that are available, along with the small amount of notes I took during the day (attendees were left in pitch black for the first lecture, so I was jotting blind). It is by no means a comprehensive account of each session, but notes of what I found to be most interesting and useful for the future.