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The end of an era

22/09/2011 @ 19:00 UTC

Isofarro : The end of an era - Today (21st September 2011) is a very sad day for me. A few of my ex-colleagues and friends from Yahoo! Europe had their last day in the office today, after being made redundant. They represent the last of the European web development team.

Sniff my browser: The Modernizr inadequacy

17/05/2011 @ 16:00 UTC

Isofarro : Sniff my browser: The Modernizr inadequacy - Tim documents why Modernizr isn't a good tool for progressively enhancing CSS, and why because of these side-effects it is failing to be a useful detector of JavaScript features.

The problem with SproutCore

9/02/2011 @ 22:00 UTC

Isofarro : The problem with SproutCore - Esteemed colleague Steve Webster notes: 'SproutCore doesn't just ignore progressive enhancement — it hacks it into tiny little pieces, urinates all over them and then mails them back to you one by one.'

Making YouTube easier and more accessible

9/02/2011 @ 22:00 UTC

Isofarro : Making YouTube easier and more accessible - Following on from Antonia Hyde's insight into the accessibility barriers hampering people with learning disabilities, Christian has taken the YouTube video player and added in a new JavaScript interface to take these needs into consideration. Its a simpli

jQuery Accessible Tabs - How to make tabs REALLY accessible

7/02/2009 @ 19:00 UTC

Isofarro : jQuery Accessible Tabs - How to make tabs REALLY accessible - Dirk Ginader dissects the techniques of making genuinely accessible tabs. He delivers a working tabbed widget (with Artur Ortega) that has been extensively tested in screen readers. Other tab widgets solve the robust and operability barriers, and Dirk's a

The problem with SproutCore

15/07/2008 @ 11:01 UTC

Isofarro : The problem with SproutCore - Esteemed colleague Steve Webster notes: 'SproutCore doesn't just ignore progressive enhancement — it hacks it into tiny little pieces, urinates all over them and then mails them back to you one by one.'

Circumventing Hegemony in the HTML WG

4/07/2008 @ 12:01 UTC

Isofarro : Circumventing Hegemony in the HTML WG - Steve Faulkner lays out a clear path to raising issues and proposals for the HTML 5 specification, and describes the process for how accessibility issues are dealt with, including an 'escalation' to the Protocols and Formats working group, a group 'consen

User-Experience Design based on Paper-Wheels

13/06/2008 @ 23:01 UTC

Isofarro : User-Experience Design based on Paper-Wheels - A fabulous demonstration of a multi-touch screen with a revolutionary user interface pattern. As Mark Pilgrim frequently quips: A lot of effort went into making this look effortless. Indeed the user interaction feels intuitive and effortless, actually fun

Making YouTube easier and more accessible

2/06/2008 @ 12:01 UTC

Isofarro : Making YouTube easier and more accessible - Following on from Antonia Hyde's insight into the accessibility barriers hampering people with learning disabilities, Christian has taken the YouTube video player and added in a new JavaScript interface to take these needs into consideration. Its a simpli

Rebecca MacKinnon's China Earthquake pledge

15/05/2008 @ 14:01 UTC

Isofarro : Rebecca MacKinnon's China Earthquake pledge - Rebecca MacKinnon pledges another $500 to the Chinese Earthquake fund if 500 people donate at least $20. I've donated, have you?

Yahoo acknowledges inaccessible content, yet still fails to innovate

14/05/2008 @ 19:01 UTC

Isofarro : Yahoo acknowledges inaccessible content, yet still fails to innovate - "I just find it disgusting that people like the developers who make these products that can be designed with accessibility from the beginning, choose not to even attempt this."

Captioning Sucks!

1/04/2008 @ 11:00 UTC

jonhicks : Captioning Sucks! - The deliberately vulgar site from Joe Clark - part of the Open and Closed Project. A call for better captioning and standards.

Isofarro : Captioning Sucks, by Joe Clark - An exposure of what's wrong in the world of program captioning. The excuses of technical issues, the legal loopholes, the politics that prevent deaf people from gaining equivalent access to motion pictures both online and offline. The biggest problem - th

Social Innovation Camp projects are go!

18/03/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Isofarro : Social Innovation Camp projects are go! - Social Innovation camp takes place in London on April 5 & 6. A list of six ideas has now been published, and developers, designers are invited to come along and build these ideas on that weekend. Come along and be a part of a team that builds useful ideas

Web Accessibility: Making PAS 78 Work

13/03/2008 @ 16:01 UTC

Isofarro : Web Accessibility: Making PAS 78 Work - Grant Broome, friend and a colleague I worked closely with on Legal & General's accesibility project, has authored a book to help organisations on the path to an accessible website. Looks interesting, particularly for UK companies and local government

Fun with multiple submit buttons

5/03/2008 @ 10:01 UTC

Isofarro : Fun with multiple submit buttons - Stuart outlines an approach to multiple submit buttons and dealing with the case when Return is used to trigger a form submission. Couple on interesting techniques in the comments. For Legal & General we opted to have an offscreen submit button as the

Screen Readers lack emphasis

28/02/2008 @ 23:01 UTC

Isofarro : Screen Readers lack emphasis - Steve Faulkner tests JAWS and Windows Eyes to see whether they support emphasis, strong emphasis, bold, italics, ins and del. The short answer is that by default, screen readers treat these no different to plain text, as if it just ignores the elements.

Comparing Tagged PDFs from Office and Acrobat

28/02/2008 @ 22:01 UTC

Isofarro : Comparing Tagged PDFs from Office and Acrobat - Alastair tests the accessibility of PDFs created by Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat and finds that Word does a better job. But both tools do miles better than Open Office.

Singed man sought after bungled arson attempt

22/02/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Isofarro : Singed man sought after bungled arson attempt - CCTV captures a man trying to firebomb a Manchester nightclub, and end up setting himself and his bike on fire. Story and video. The video is breathtakingly funny.

Microsoft to World: Do as we say.

22/02/2008 @ 00:01 UTC

Isofarro : Microsoft to World: Do as we say. - Shelley Powers has a powerful response to Zeldman's continued defence of Microsoft's version switching. She notes that we are not being told the whole story. This is the problem of working behind Non Disclosure Agreements. It sucks to be Zeldman right now

JavaScript, abbr and Internet Explorer

20/02/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Isofarro : JavaScript, abbr and Internet Explorer - As a follow-on to his previous investigation into acronym and abbreviation support in screen readers, Jon Gibbins tests whether the createElement hack actually works on abbr in Internet Explorer. It does!

Screen readers and abbreviations

20/02/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Isofarro : Screen readers and abbreviations - Jon Gibbins discusses how abbreviations and acronyms are handled by screen readers, and what screen reader support for these features really means. Good all round advice and common sense. More great investigative work from accessibility experts.

Is Chat Room Addiction Real? You’d Better Believe It!

20/02/2008 @ 10:01 UTC

Isofarro : Is Chat Room Addiction Real? You’d Better Believe It! - Yahoo Live, a social video chat application, is having a surprising and life-enhancing experience for deaf people. Its probably not a planned use case, but another inspiring example of how a small idea can have such a positive impact on a community.

alt in HTML5 Required? - to be or not to be

19/02/2008 @ 21:01 UTC

Isofarro : alt in HTML5 Required? - to be or not to be - Steve Faulkner comments on the formal response from W3C's Protocols and Formats Working Group regarding making the alt attribute optional in HTML 5. They classify this omission as a bug.

Assistive Technology: a video tour of accessibility

4/02/2008 @ 21:01 UTC

Isofarro : Assistive Technology: a video tour of accessibility - Jon Gibbins pulls together a range of videos about assistive technologies and how people with disabilities use the web. This includes co-worker Victor Tsaran's videos for the YUI Theatre, and material from AbilityNet.

Microsoft: Fish, or Cut Bait

28/01/2008 @ 15:01 UTC

Isofarro : Microsoft: Fish, or Cut Bait - Shelley points out that 'Microsoft is asking us to declare our intentions, it's only fair we ask the same of it. If Microsoft won't meet us half-way – if the company releases IE8 without support for the HTML5 DOCTYPE or XHTML, and without at least s

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