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Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

The Untold Story of Jaime Levy, Punk-Rock Cyber-Publishing Pioneer

This excerpt from Claire L. Evans’s new book Broad Band sounds like Halt and Catch Fire, but for real.

Many people saw the web for the first time in Jaime’s loft, on a Mac II her hacker friend Phiber Optik set up with a 28.8K internet connection. As avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp performed live, and another friend, DJ Spooky, played house tracks, Jaime’s guests gathered around the Mac’s small screen. At the top of 1994, there were fewer than 1,000 websites in the world, mostly personal home pages. These converts would call themselves the “early true believers,” counting the year of their arrival online as a mark of status, the way the first punks claimed 1977.

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Caveat

This is a disclaimer.

I have been writing and talking a lot about responsive web design, a pattern that I think emerges naturally from the principle of universal design. I will continue to write and talk about responsive and universal design in the future and I will continue to advocate a “one web” approach to treating all users fairly regardless of ability or device.

But here’s the thing: I am fully aware that there is no one correct answer to every situation. So even though I’m going to continue to bang the drum of one web, I’m not actually foolish enough to think that it’s a cure-all. I’m taking a deliberately Friedian approach in order to back up a stance that I think is woefully under-represented in most discussions of modern web development.

If you’re looking for the more honest, truthful answer to pretty much any question on web design and usability, here it is:

It depends.

I now return you to your regular schedule of absolutist self-righteous claims.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey Results

The results of the second screen reader survey from WebAIM are, once again, required reading.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

WebAIM: Screen Reader Survey Results

This list of screenreader survey results is required reading. Conclusion: "there is no typical screen reader user."

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Twitter / Dori: Ann from conf: AOL ships br...

A browser-based IM client from AOL. You heard it here first folks.