Wednesday, July 12, 2006

d.Construct schedule announced

Following on from my geekish excitement about the news that dConstruct conference was staying in Brighton, imagine how happy I am now that the conference schedule's been announced.

I'm exaggerating of course, but I am looking forward to it - just hope I get a ticket.

Most notable for me about the schedule was the lack of a mention of "Web 2.0". It seems it's become pretty uncool to refer to it these days.

Perhaps it's because the "Web 2.0" buzzword has done its job and has become too restrictive for what is now "Web 2.1" (although to call it that would be even less cool than Web 2.0).

Maybe there are other reasons. I'd be interested to hear them.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Free the PAS 78 guide!

Up until now, PAS 78 (Publicly Available Specification), a guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites, should have been called PASTAWCAI 78 (Pubclicly Available Specification To Anyone Who Can Afford It) because you had to pay £35 to download it.

Fair enough - an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.

Anyway, I guess that the authors of the guide have now recouped their costs and maybe a little bit of profit on top and they've now made it free to download (although when I tried the link it was unavailable).

So if you're planning to commission a website and have any interest in web accessibility (which you should) or if you're involved in web development in any way, go and get it.