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Month: October 2010

Technical Communication and Inclusion

After lots of sweat and tears, but no blood, I posted my presentation from #a11yldn and #tcuk10 on Slideshare. Technical Communication and Inclusion View more presentations from kmardahl. Unfortunately, the notes don’t show up as I thought they would. Because this presentation is not a normal presentation, the notes are crucial. I describe how to caption videos on YouTube and give a brief walk-through of the PDF accessibility checker in Adobe Acrobat. Those notes say it all, so I will have to break out those elements into blog posts, or do something that will make the notes visible. Of course, you can download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation to view my notes, but I wish the Slideshare notes worked. The message is too crucial to hide! PS The sweat and (almost) tears came from reworking these slides 3 times! The first set became corrupted somehow and I had to…

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Toward Inclusion in Denmark

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.– Tim Berners-Lee. W3C Director and Inventor of the World Wide Web If disabilities are a part of human diversity, why do we segregate and exclude? That is a gigantic human rights issue, so I’ll take the easy way out and just look at the issue from the angle of web accessibility. Information to citizens is constantly pushed to the web. There seems to be the viewpoint that everyone has access to a computer and the internet, so all information should be placed on the internet. For some, this is like taking out the trash. “Let’s dump the trash in the back. Someone will pick it up and take it away, but what happens next is not our problem.” A website is put together, information is thrown into it, and the job…

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