Ottawa's Stop Gap Project making retail more accessible.
According to Statistics Canada an estimated one in five Canadians over 15 years old has a disability. This slices through all sectors of our society and is a significant part of every community in our country. Often people with disabilities face problems with either the built environment (atoms) or digital tools (bits). Some struggle with both. Accessibility of digital assets (like websites, intranet sites, documents and videos) is complicated. People who are blind or or low vision come to mind when people think about digital accessibility, but it affects a much broader spectrum than just those with visual disabilities. People...
The Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde in Montreal.
DrupalNorth was held in Montreal this year. This event rotates between Canadian cities (so far only Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal). The goal is to bring together Drupal events across Canada and have one big one that can attract bigger presenters. I was lucky to present twice. Personalization My first presentation was Personalizaton and Building an Accessible Site, which you can watch on Youtube . The raw version of the slides is also available . The challenge I explore is that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2+ have conflicts. A low vision user needs the exact opposite requirements most of...
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 the hashtag #axschat . You can watch the video here: But thought that it might be interesting to...
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 is a...
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 needs. It is. But what we’re largely missing is those organizations that use Drupal to drive their enterprise, but don’t actively engage...
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 also forward thinking as it was all built on GitHub . More and more government microsites are hosted on GitHub...
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 pursue. Greed was turned into a virtue and self-interest given primacy. About...
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 else in life, there are a lot of exceptions. Much comes down to doing your best to learn how to do it...
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 applications. Unfortunately, the hype of this new technology is pretty exaggerated . So, I'm buying some gold. Not for an...
Crowd on Canada Day
The GDPR is in effect. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law that is now in effect. This affects all organizations that service European citizens. In North America, most organizations only became aware of it recently. The policies of the GDPR are quite broad and establish a bold Privacy by Design framework. Ann Cavoukian published the 7 Foundational Principles of privacy nearly a decade ago. At the time she was the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Since this time the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) has skyrocketed. The impact of corporate...