Links from my CSUN Presentation

To make a little easier for everyone to access the links I referenced, I’ve listed them here.

You can also view a recording of the presentation by WebAbleTV.


CSUN 2013 Presentation: “Writing for Everyone”

On February 27, I presented a session called “Writing for Everyone” at the CSUN Conference.

Accessible content makes it easier for everyone to get the information they need, reducing confusion and translation costs, improving searches, and optimizing content strategy.

If you want to read the annotations (speaker’s notes), view the presentation at SlideShare.

UPDATE: It isn’t possible to read the annotations through SlideShare, so I’ve uploaded and linked it. View WritingForEveryone (PDF, 4.6Mb).

Links from “Creating Accessible Content” Webinar

On Tuesday, July 30th, I gave a webinar (sponsored by Adobe) on Creating Accessible Content. Here are the links I referred to in the webinar:

In addition, you might also want to check out:

In addition, search for the Twitter hashtag: #a11y (and #accessibility). And look at my Twitter favorites and my Delicious bookmarks.

(Disclaimer: I have not received anything from any company for posting these links. I used the links listed here as resources for my webinar.)

Got more links people should check out? Add them in the comments!

Links from the “Making Sense of Accessibility” Webinar

On Tuesday, June 19, I presented a webinar (sponsored by Adobe) called “Making Sense of Accessibility”. I included several quotes and lots of links in this session, and I thought it might be easier if you could reference them all in one place. (I’ve also added some other links that I thought you might be interested in.)

“People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time.”

Disability Funders Network – Disability Stats and Facts

“The rule of thumb in many usability-aware organizations is that the cost-benefit ratio for usability is $1:$10-$100. Once a system is in development, correcting a problem costs 10 times as much as fixing the same problem in design. If the system has been released, it costs 100 times as much relative to fixing in design.”

Gilb, 1988

“Web accessibility is not a legal issue. It’s an equal opportunity issue.”

Rakesh Babu, quoted in To The Blind, The Internet Isn’t Always So User-Friendly

“For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient. For people with disabilities, it makes things possible.”

Judith Heumann, U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (quoted in Why Web Accessibility Matters)

In addition, search for the Twitter hashtag: #a11y (and #accessibility). And look at my Twitter favorites and my Delicious bookmarks.

(Disclaimer: I have not received anything from any company for posting these links. I used the links listed here as resources for my webinar.)

Upcoming Webinars: Content Accessibility

I’ll be presenting a series of three webinars on accessibility. The webinars, hosted by Adobe, cover:

Part 1: Making Sense of Accessibility (June 19)

“But we don’t have any disabled users.” As with any discipline, making your content accessible makes it better for all your users, not just those with disabilities. The first part of this three-part series covers:

  • Myths
  • Web standards
  • Types of disabilities
  • Legal issues
  • Existing solutions
  • Possible future solutions

Part 2: Creating an Accessible Layout (July 17)

What can you do to make your content appear more accessibly? During the second part of this three-part series, you’ll learn tips to make your documents (printed or online) more accessible to more users. This session will cover:

  • Document structure and layout
  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Padding, margin, and line-height
  • Borders and underlines
  • Custom Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Part 3: Developing Accessible Content (July 31)

You’ve learned why your content should be accessible and things you can do to make it appear more accessibly. In the last part of this three-part series, you’ll learn ways that you can create more accessible content and why they matter:

  • Grammar
  • Paragraph and sentence length
  • Alternative and title text
  • Link text
  • Data tables
  • Images and videos
  • Labels

Register at the Adobe site.

Webcast: Trends in technical communication, 2012

On January 31, Sarah O’Keefe of Scriptorium Publishing and I talked about tech comm trends for 2012. We each covered three trends (so six in total).

Many thanks to all who attended 🙂 You were a great group!

View the webcast recording. And visit the Scriptorium site for more videos and to see the list of upcoming events.

LavaCon presentation: Getting the Most Out of Twitter…Everywhere!

On Friday, 1 October 2010, I presented “Getting the Most Out of Twitter…Everywhere!” at the 2010 LavaCon Conference in San Diego.

You can view the slides of that presentation at SlideShare. (I was hoping that my animations would be preserved…maybe someday :-).)

Jackie Damrau from STC Lone Star Chapter reviewed my session (along with several others and LavaCon) in the October 2010 issue of Technically Write.

Nov 8-12: Take advantage of Char’s visit to Houston!

I’ll be speaking at STC Houston about HTML5 and CSS3 on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. (Get more information at the STC Houston website.)

While I’m in Houston, I’m offering half- and full-day consulting slots to companies who want me to come onsite. The time slots are being offered in the following order:

  • Tuesday morning (half-day only)
  • Monday afternoon or Monday all day
  • Monday morning
  • Wednesday morning or Wednesday all day
  • Wednesday afternoon
  • Thursday morning or Thursday all day
  • Thursday afternoon
  • Friday morning or Friday all day
  • Friday afternoon

Terms and conditions:

  • Any topic is fair game, EXCEPT for HTML5/CSS3. Some possibilities include collaborative authoring, creating CSS-based layouts, virtual teams, accessibility, and Help authoring.
  • Companies can choose to “pick my brain” or receive specific instructions on a topic, or a combination of both.
  • Fees will be determined after we discuss what you need. I will cover all expenses (although I won’t say “no” if someone wants to take me to lunch ;-)).
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required, which holds your time slot. All deposits must be received by 15 October 2010. Purchase orders for the deposit or entire fee will be accepted.
  • First come, first served. Once a time slot has been reserved and the deposit or purchase order has been received, it will be removed from the list. (I’ll update the list as people tell me that they want slots.)
  • All arrangements must be in process by 28 September 2010. (I have to make travel arrangements that week!) If you make any changes after that date and those changes affect my travel plans, you are responsible for change fees.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! (And I hope to see you at the STC Houston chapter meeting. Come by and say “hi!”)