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Updated: 2012-04-30T17:08:54Z


20 years


20 years ago, I was working in a newsroom in Arizona. The first sign we were in for a long evening was the AP feed chirping to us with the message: “BULLETIN – RODNEY KING – LAPD OFFICERS ACQUITTED”. For the next hour and a half, the bulletins kept chirping every few minutes, but the […]

Opticians – a metaphor


Today, I needed an optician, and none would help me. I have a prescription, but it’s for contact lenses, so it’s missing one measurement I need so that the lenses’ focal point will be set properly in a new pair of glasses I’m buying. I need an optician to measure my pupillary distance. You know […]

It’s panel picker time


A couple months ago, my friend Andy Budd put his finger on the core problem with the modern SXSW. It’s unfathomably large. I mean, really, who’s going to attend much of a conference when it’s split across seemingly every meeting room in downtown Austin? Can anyone ensure quality for the conferencing dollar with 1800 speakers […]

Facebook needs accessibility help


That title looks a little confrontational, I know. But no, seriously. They’re actually looking for someone with the skills necessary to help make the most popular site on the web a little more accessible to its users. Okay, there’s the good news. Here’s the bad: while they’re looking for that person, they’re also busy reinventing […]

Does the iPad 2 display connect to your brainstem?


I’m sure we could ask Apple, but they don’t comment on rumors. Still, the mill continues to churn, and this week we saw double-sized glyphs embedded in a beta of iOS. From that, the conclusion being drawn is that the iPad 2 will have a pixel-doubled, 2048×1536 display. The question is, is that insanely great, […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year


…by which I mean CES, of course. Granted, half of the things presented this week will never see the light of day, and the other half will be three to six months later than they announced. But still, today alone was just staggering. Motorola gave an Apple-grade presentation (if you can look past its comically […]

Five Myths about Accessibility Myths


I’m an accessibility evangelist by trade. (No, seriously. It’s on my business card. My boss even knows.) Needless to say, such a job requires me to think seriously about what accessibility is all about, and how to communicate that to an audience that, frankly, has a lot of things on their mind, like keeping their […]

Dear future Android tablet users…


So, I own an iPad. (And here I am working for Adobe. You may point and laugh… now.) I’ve had it out in public—including in Europe, where I might as well have worn an “ask me about the iPad” t-shirt. I’ve got the pattern down now: someone does a double-take, and I think, “Oh, shit. […]

Realistic sentimentality


“Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘We must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” Brigid Brophy, author

Twitter, ye markup be non-standarrrrrd.


Twitter unveiled a new redesign today. Very little of it is really noticeably different, until you look at the underlying code. Which, last I recall, used to be pretty good–they even used the fancy-pants XHTML 1.0 Strict doctype (though still using tables for layout, which the spec says it shouldn’t do). But one thing about […]