Web Directions South 09 Resources — many more now online

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Guy in preparing all the pages and producing all the podcasts, we now have a whole raft of the presentations from WDS09 now available online, so, if you’re looking to catch something you missed because you you went to another track, or you couldn’t make it to Web Directions at all this year, check the listing below.

Many of the speakers have even gone to the trouble of synching the audio with the slides, so it really is a lot like being there on the day: enjoy!

There’s some great content here — we’d love it if you could help us spread the word about these resources in particular to people who couldn’t be there on the day, by blogging about them twittering, or just emailing the link around to all your colleagues.

Keynotes
Design track
Development track
Business track

We also have video from the W3C track, which we’ll be making available soon.

10 responses to “Web Directions South 09 Resources — many more now online”:

  1. […] are some Podcasts up on the Web Directions site from a few of the major speakers, but without the video I think some of them will loose their […]

    • By: Deaf User
    • October 30th, 2009

    How about transcripts that you were promising me? They are also part of W3C’s Priority 1 requirements for web accessibility and many countries’ disability laws. Thanks.

    • By: Geoff Chapman
    • November 4th, 2009

    Thanks for all the huge amount of work putting all the resources up here that you have done so far. Very cool. However Does your mention of “video coming soon” for the w3c track, mean that there will be no audio podcasts from that track at all? Thanks.

    • By: Geoff Chapman
    • November 4th, 2009

    Also wondering if their are more resources from the development track yet to come? looking specificly for one presented by a woman from melbourne whose name unfortunately escapes me for the moment, on Web Accessibility Guidelines 1.0/2.0 compliance, at either the 10:45 or 11:45 session Fri morning?

  2. Hey Geoff,

    While we’d like to provide audio for all the tracks, there were some technical difficulties around recording the W3C track, so it’s unlikely that we’ll get audio for them.

    As for the WCAG presentation, Gian Wild (that’s the presenter) hasn’t got back to us with permission to publish her talk; if she does, we’ll get it up ASAP, but for now there’s not much I can do.

    • By: Deaf User
    • November 25th, 2009

    Dear Guy Leech,

    Since Geoff Champan asked for Gian Wild’s presentation about web accessibility guidelines, I wonder if it would come with a transcript also for those who have no access to audio content?

    A text is actually accessible and usable for more users than an audio file. A transcript can be easily skimmed for a few minutes while it takes hours to listen to numerous podcasts.

  3. I’m afraid Gian Wild’s session didn’t come with a transcript, though Matt Webb just released the slides and a transcript of his keynote.

    • By: Deaf User
    • December 16th, 2009

    Thanks for pointing out, Guy Leech. But just one transcript? Gian Wild’s presentation does not even have a link to the transcript.

    To Maxine:
    – “Many of the speakers have even gone to the trouble of synching the audio with the slides, so it really is a lot like being there on the day: enjoy!”

    Maybe they should have spent more time on getting a transcript instead so that people like myself can enjoy it, too?

    - “There’s some great content here — we’d love it if you could help us spread the word about these resources in particular to people who couldn’t be there on the day, by blogging about them twittering, or just emailing the link around to all your colleagues.”

    How about helping those who cannot access to “great content”?

    • By: Deaf User
    • December 16th, 2009

    To Maxine:

    P.S. If speakers spent more time on transcripts, it would be not only accessible to more people like myself, but more usable for everyone to let those who prefer to skim text instead of listening to hour-​​long podcasts.

    • By: Deaf User
    • December 16th, 2009

    There is an excellent blog by Jeremy Keith about transcripts:

    http://​adactio​.com/​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​/​1​1​20/

    He made several points:

    - “It does cost money, but then so does bandwidth. Bandwidth is often covered by sponsorship or a PayPal tip jar, so why not transcriptions?”

    - “By providing a transcription, you’ll also be providing a spiderable resource than can be easily scanned, quoted, cut and pasted. And you’ll get lots of whuffie.”

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