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Monday, December 09, 2002
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Can You Hear Me Yet?
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 5 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. "Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies." "Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money. " The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.... "I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
Building Accessible Websites is a stunning book.
Accessibility is not an afterthought anymore. It is a vital component of the World Wide Web for Personal, Professional and Commercial websites.
This book is not a theoretical discussion about the right thing to do, but a compelling guide to techniques and practices to enhance the ability of websites to convey their messages.
With concrete code examples not only as a how to, but why they are important by browser, technology and display, Joe guides you through the minefield of what works, what doesn't, and offers you suggestions to add value to what you do.
From how the disabled use computers, through structure, navigation, to testing and certification, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced methods of creating or adding accessibilty to your websites are clearly provided.
Joe Clark presents a powerful and relentless case for accessibility that needs to be read by every practitioner of website building.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
It's Time to Stop the Music
I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
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