Just reading through the schedule for Monday and Tuesday. It's going to be a busy two days.

I know @heydon is presenting. Any one else going?

Spent last night writing an accessible reflowing "show more" list in /#CSS/#JS.

It was an absolute pain, and it only works for elements of the same width.

I think the complication is that I want a single initial row, or multiple rows if my minimum number of elements would overflow, and the explanded list must still render as a single list. Oh, and I want any row to be fully populated. And finally, the list has to render cleanly while JS is loading.

1am finish.

I broke the Permissions by Term module in .

As number of nodes headed towards 100,000 the time to save one new taxonomy term hit 5 f-i-v-e minutes. Wow.

Someone is not efficient.

@ashfurrow very nice but I don't see any forced air to cool your servers.

I mention it as I spent a week in a B&B in NYC in May and the owner had filled his kitchen with servers for his movie business. They were there because it was the only room with a/c...


Makes it feel old actually. My PhD was in part a critique of Access For All. I gave a paper on it at W4A in Beijing back in 2008.


So do I. If you need blue on black (one of my colleagues) then you need it everywhere.

And yes it should come with you across the Web, ala Access for All./Dublin Core (ISO 24751).


It was CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) thru Federal funding, that paid Mike's team to make FluidUI a maintained open source module in Drupal.

Btw it will also go live on the CNIB website in a few weeks. Again, Mike's team.


At least one.

Currently leading a team of 3 developing a Drupal 8 based site for CELA, the Canadian organization that supplies alternative accessible format media for Canadian public libraries.

@spellacy Not sure you are actually. Up there but not tops.

Charities and non-profits are probably worse.

A serious lack of money, the nephew of the director who really knows Photoshop, "I know it doesn't work but it's part of Raisers Edge", and the old favorite, "we have to launch now regardless, the event is next week".

I found myself disagreeing with tonight. I don't do that often.

"Sighted mouse users (who do not benefit from the [skip to content] link)"

What about magnifier users?
What about head pointer users?
What about ppl on mobile devices who just want to skip banners?

I find those sort of comments a bit frustrating tbh. Personal needs and preferences are more complex than broad brush statements.

I assume explaining that assistive technology can't read text in images didn't get you far?


High quality fonts are described in lines and curves, and your browser uses that description to draw them as accurately as it can given your screen resolution and text size.

Text in images is just dots in a grid. The grid gets drawn bigger or smaller depending on the size you ask for, bit it's always the same number of rows and columns. Zooming out isn't too bad, zooming in is a horrible experience and can make the text unreadable.

That work?

My thesis on mobile devices began with a phone call. "Bob! I need a phone! I've got a girlfriend. We're going to text". Only problem was the Paul has advanced MS and this was the late 90s.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system and it affects vision, touch, and kinaesthetics. So a man with no sense of touch, muscle spasms, who can't touch his own nose without serious concentration needed a cell phone...

Even working at Nokia that was a challenge.


It's getting kind of unpopular because it sounds awful in screen readers.

Personally I'd like to see it re-spelled with letter l rather than number 1. Oh and pronounce it alley lol.

It was quite a long road to where I am I guess. Like many people involved in I started down that track through family experience.

I was working at Nokia on UI design methods when my dad became ill with cancer and I gave up full time work to be a carer. Really as a way of getting out of the house I started a master's in multimedia design with a thesis looking at the accessibility of mobile devices.

And that kind of led into the PhD.

Gosh I feel old tonight.

I jjust posted my PhD thesis and hypothesesfrom 17 years ago.

A tad dry.

In plain English, I was looking for a formal, mathematically provable model of accessibility. Or at least something heading in that direction.

I got some blank looks at accessibility conferences, it was just too far outside of people's experience.

There was also a lot of pushback to the idea that people could be reduced to "a f@ algorithm". How the world turns.

Defining accessibility

It's okay everyone is safe, I'm not going to post a whole thesis, but if anyone wondered how my mind works, that's a fair example.

I guess it's the thing about accessibility, people come to it from many walks of life. My background is systems analysis and the Shlaer-Mellor method of Object Oriented Analysis and Design. I see the world in patterns and relationships.

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