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Is good design the only discipline?

In the 1990's, when I first started working in digital, or the information superhighway as it was referred to back then, things were pretty straightforward; user interactions were limited to what the website owner wanted the user to do, there was no UGC, no smartphones or tablets, no social media and CMS' were hugely expensive closed source monsters that few used. I wouldn't say it was boring, because it was truly exciting to be there for the birth of an industry, but it was frustrating.

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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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Why good design matters to this blind geek

Ironic as it may be now, I went to art school. I was taught to appreciate beauty in everything and particularly in every art form; for art is the expression of self. It tells the story of humanity, of our culture and our lives. But I was also taught that design was not so noble and I snobbishly believed this until I met Mark, who introduced me to the world of design and importantly good design.

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Is web accessibility inaccessible?

I gave the keynote presentation at the recent A11yLDN event, where I laid out the stall for what I believe is the future of web accessibility. I called my talk, "Does anyone know the way to Web Accessibility utopia?". I worried about being contentious, well, not really, when I asserted that accessibility utopia does not exist, that the WCAG is out of date and that accessibility is a subset of usability. I pontificated about inclusive design, about being reasonable and that no one creating a website has limitless resources.

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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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Inclusive design is for everyone with disabled folk firmly in the mix

I feel incredibly privileged that I am in the position to get my message of peace, love and inclusivity out there and writing this blog has afforded me the opportunity to do so, not just here on the Action website and not just amongst visually impaired folk, but out in the big bad world, which is becoming increasingly evident that I may be able to actually make an even bigger difference.

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