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By Craig Clark on 30/01/2019
portraits of people if different genders and ethnicities

If you do a web search on ‘target audience’ you will be blasted with article after article on how important it is to know your audience. We have personas, user journeys and focus groups to learn about the people we want to influence. Everybody invests something in this elusive group of potential customers, clients or donors. Sometimes it’s hundreds of thousands of dollars spent across multiple agencies, sometimes its opinion based on the experience of a marketing director. Getting...

By Craig Clark on 18/01/2019
Men, women and children holding hands

I do a lot of drawing on my computer and I enjoy it. It is also a part of my job. Like a lot of people in 2019, my work is mobile. My tools go where I go. As great as that is, there is a huge problem. On my laptop, you have to press on the trackpad with a fair amount of force to do something like drawing a curve in Adobe Illustrator. It is really aggravating. Did I find anything helpful in the trackpad settings? Nope! The solution, it turns out, is in accessibility settings. Enable...

By Craig Clark on 07/01/2019
stylized silhouette of people standing in-front of a wall with images if diverse groups of people hanging on it

This morning I woke up, grabbed a coffee, checked the weather on my phone, took a look at today’s news, paid a bill, read my email, checked social media then got down to work. For work, I checked online correspondence, reviewed a video, set up some remote training, did some research and fixed a bit of code on a client’s site. We are having company on the weekend, so I was coordinating that via text messages as well. All that before 7:30 AM.

This is routine stuff for millions...

By Mike Gifford on 05/11/2018
AXSChat Logo - Inclusion Matters

I had the pleasure of being on AXSChat talking about web accessibility and Drupal in October. It was actually a two stage process as Neil Milliken and Antonio Santo had a really fun video conversation on the Friday before. Unfortunately, Debra Ruh was not able to join us for the video discussion. That was captured and captioned and uploaded on the weekend. Then on Tuesday, October 23rd, we had an hour long Twitter discussion flooding the Twitterverse with questions about accessibility using...

By Mike Gifford on 04/11/2018
Tiffany Tse presenting about WET-BOEW or WxT at DrupalCamp

Derek Alton wrote a tweet in the middle of October that caught my eye and got me to come up with some suggestions. "Moment of frustration: I love bringing people who I think are inspiring together to do fun shit that they could not do on their own. Right now I feel like I have been bringing people together to talk when what I really want to do is bring people together to act, to do!"

I think of myself as a rather pragmatic guy so I suggested 10 tangible things that the GC can do. This...

By Mike Gifford on 01/11/2018
Drupal Association Organization Member Badge

There are over a million Drupal sites on the internet. There is a huge range of organizations who use Drupal across all sectors of our economy. Unfortunately, when you look at Drupal.org you mostly see representation from the web industry. Web development shops, communications teams, and freelancers that make their living from building and customizing Drupal sites.

It’s not that it isn’t amazing to have 100,000 plus developers in an online community working to make Drupal meet their...

By Mike Gifford on 16/10/2018

The Government of Canada (GC) hosted Open First Day on Friday, September 28.  It was a really interesting opportunity for hundreds of people in public/private sector to get together and share their experiences.  

I’d like to start by congratulating them on the title of the event.  It wasn’t Consider Open Source Day or Learn about Open Source and Government Day.  It Was Open First Day. Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source and Open Government.  

The site for this conference was...

By Mike Gifford on 29/09/2018
SDGs Poster

I am often inspired by the work of Tim Frick and the team at Mightybytes. He recently published an article on Aligning Your Organization with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I’m going to try not to repeat the work he’s done, but try to add to it. You should read his article.

The world is facing some rather unprecedented challenges. A great many of these challenges caused by unfettered capitalism. This is made worse with belief that profit is the only goal business should...

By Mike Gifford on 01/06/2018
Screenshot of CKEditor with a sample image.

After writing this article I learned about IBM’s Content Clarifier from Hassell Inclusion. Something like this could be built right into the workflow of your content creation process.

Accessibility (a11y) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is complex, but it doesn't have to be hard. If you have a good routine in place, you can write content that can be compelling for everyone.

So much can come down to the KISS Principle "Keep it simple, stupid". Like everything...

By Mike Gifford on 28/05/2018
Elephant feet made from chain

It's hard to avoid the blockchain if you are on the internet these days. Most folks have heard about Bitcoin, Ethereum or EOS because of speculative investments. Highly volatile cryptocurrencies have made some people very wealthy. It's all based on the idea of the blockchain.

A public, distributed ledger that is next to impossible to alter. This makes it very useful for things that go beyond cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain is a pretty amazing technology that will have some great...

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