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Interoperability anyone? Welcome to the Internet Stone Age

I spoke at the Untangle the Web event last night, which was good fun. I met some knew and interesting people, and got to talk about my beloved inclusive design. The audience were mostly tech newbies, so I dusted off my 10 Principles of Inclusive Design and wrote an 'introduction to...' sort of presentation, which seemed to go down quite well, but what dawned on me afterwards is that everyone working in the internet/digital/web/mobile/technology/whatever you want to call it industry is a newbie really.

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The difference between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

I am thrilled to bits that my Ten Principles of Inclusive Web Design are being adopted. At the last eAccessibility Forum meeting, it was heartening to hear the message I have spent the past year expounding being articulated by folk from Cabinet Office and the Minister alike. I had no idea that they were actually listening. Go figure.

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Digital Inclusion in the Big Society: you can't legislate human nature

In my mission to further social inclusion, I have been observing the interplay between the third sector, disabled activists and government: whilst everyone involved seem to be going along with happenings in a matter of fact way, I have been sitting, watching and thinking "What the.....".

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Inclusive design and accessibility: bringing the message to the masses

Today is sponsored by the word wow. If I had to sum up my experience at SXSW, this is the word that does the trick. The fact that I was afforded the opportunity to speak to a mainstream audience about inclusive design deserves a wow. The fact that our session was sold out and there were folk queuing to get in, follows suit and, most certainly, the fact that the many incredible and inspirational people who have been fighting the good fight for far longer than I have are actually interested in what I have to say probably deserves a wow and a yowza.

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More talk on inclusive design and accessibility

Over the past few weeks, I have been running around like a headless chicken, trying to get everything done so that I can focus all of my attention on my big adventure. It's funny that it has not occurred to me to write about it until now, as I set off tomorrow, but it would appear that the new and improved, calm, collected lemony zesty Sandi is verging on the unflappable.

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Maintaining the integrity of an open and inclusive Internet

The principles of openness and inclusivity, on which the Internet has been built, are so aligned with everything I want the world to be. They are at the heart of human values and the ideals that I spend my life working towards. The mere thought of the erosion of these principles is pure agony, but the Internet has not become what its founders envisaged and is now a fundamental part of a global community. As a result, the economics of capitalism are now firmly in the frame and the Internet eco-system is being challenged and so are its principles.

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