All Web Directions North slides and podcasts now online

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  • April 17, 2008
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There was a whole host of genuinely excellent presentations at Web Directions North back in January. The good news for people who weren’t there is that so many of the presenters were incredibly generous with their knowledge and expertise and have allowed us to publish their slides and podcasts.

Check them out yourself if you haven’t already – it’s the closest thing to being there, and spread them around at the workplace. If I do say so myself, these are an amazing learning resource.

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  1. […] conference organiser extraordinare Maxine Sherrin has announced that all the slides and podcasts from January’s WDN are now available. There’s some awesome stuff there, both from the international super stars […]

  2. Just wanted to thank you for putting these online, and ask if you could double check the Josh Williams presentation (Bedroom to Boardroom) it seems to be clipping or cutting bits out, I’m not sure what the case is.

    Tested on Mac / Win iTunes, Quicktime, iPhone, etc, so I don’t think it’s my device.

    Thanks again for all the others though! Great content!

  3. Yeah, I’m just listening now and somehow it does seem to have become corrupted. I’ll try and find out at what stage of the process this happened and see if we have a clean version somewhere along the line. Hope so :(

  4. Brian Oberkirch has the slides of his prezzo up on his site.

    He has them up on Slideshare too so I imagine he’d be OK with adding them to this collection.

    And thanks for letting me get the flavour of the presentations I couldn’t get to.

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  6. Oh yes, Brian is available here too – I just missed him on that list because sadly his podcast went missing.

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    • By: jive
    • April 30th, 2008

    Thanks for making all this available. :)

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    • By: Sveta
    • July 23rd, 2008

    As a deaf web professional, I have no access to podcasts – would you please add text versions? Thanks

  9. Sveta, thanks for getting in touch and making this comment.

    We actually experimented with getting transcription done a few years back now. As I recall the service that was recommended to me was certainly “cheap and cheerful”, which made it feasible. However, they had a lot of problems actually delivering the product, and eventually we quit the project.

    A shame. We would love to do as you suggest, it is a matter of finding the resources to do so.

    • By: SVeta
    • October 21st, 2008

    When will transcripts be ready? Podcasts aren’t accessible for deaf and hard of hearing users and those who are in noisy environments or don’t have speakers. The Section 508 and ADA laws require websites be fully accessible. Thanks.

    • By: Sveta
    • October 24th, 2008

    How about removing all podcasts on this site for now until transcripts are ready? One set of transcript and podcasts per presentation after another (i.e. when one transcript is ready, then it’s posted online with podcast, and so on). So that it would be fair for everyone to wait when both versions of information (text and audio) are available at same time. I know many hearing people would complain about when podcasts will be ready, but then they will finally realize how we deaf and hard of hearing people feel about waiting for transcripts or not being able to access podcasts/uncaptioned videos at all.

    • By: Sveta
    • October 24th, 2008

    Check this:
    http://www.brucelawson.co.uk/2006/tim-berners-lee-accessibility-quotes/

    Tim Berners-Lee accessibility quotes

    We’ve all seen it:

    The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect. -Tim Berners-Lee

    Worthy, but dulled by constant repetition. Every client, every developer has a Pavlovian reaction to the quote, which causes their eyelids to droop and their thoughts to turn to that cutie in Accounts with the tight jeans.

    There’s a newer quote from March 2006:

    Another important area of professionalism is accessibility awareness. Everyone should be accommodated, especially when around 20 per cent of the population have special requirements. In fact, Microsoft said recently that nearly 50 per cent of people need to make some sort of adjustment to their system to interact with it. Having turned 50, I’m very aware of receiving email with very small fonts – people don’t want to use their spectacles to look at a Web page! -British Computer Society

    • By: Sveta
    • October 24th, 2008

    From those quotes I would ask all web professionals to stop doing all talking about accessibility and doing nothing to actually make their own websites accessible to all of us.

    • By: John
    • October 28th, 2008

    Hi Sveta,

    I think it’s rather clear that there is not a binary opposition between “accessibility” and “accessible to all of us” – though I’m not 100% sure what you might mean by the latter – can you detail that alittle more?

    thanks

    john

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