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The great thing about English summers is that we pasty-faced Brits get to do communal activities alfresco. Last week I watched The Real Lady Macbeth in Stratford, in a dell between Trinity Church and the River (and got comprehensively soaked in the storm).
Last night was the inaugural gig of my band, Gaoler, on a farm in the Vale of Evesham, playing under canvas, looking across miles of green and the Cotswolds.
And on Sunday 27th, there’ll be an open-air geekfest in Royal Leamington Spa called “Geek In the Park“.
Patrick Lauke and I have been commissioned to speak, and we’re planning a conversation-starter called “Where the rubber meets the road: pragmatic web accessibility”. We’re still chatting over the details, but it’s going to be a two-hander of a presentation with (hopefully) audience participation, investigating how we can balance the need for accessibility with the other potentially conflicting needs of the customer for ease of maintenance, open/ devolved publishing as well as the traditional tensions with branding, insufficiently contrasting corporate colours and the like.
It’s an attempt by Pat and me to work out how to feel good about ourselves as accessibility-standards ninjas [or given our physiques, goblins] while keeping the customer satisifed so the mortgage gets paid and our respective ladies are kept in diamond rings and Prada outfits.
Further details next week, hopefully. If you think you might attend, please leave a comment on the geek in the park site – it would be nice to know your self-reported levels of Standards wonkery from 1 (I’m a normal person) to 10 (“I can sing the whole of WCAG 2 from memory, to the tune of Althea and Donna’s ‘Uptown Top Ranking‘).
(Great website, by the way: imaginative and witty. I wish I had the creativity and knowledge of the software to make something like that.)