Archive for November, 2008

Accessibility and mobile standards; Veerle Pieters interview

(Last Updated on 18 July 2010)

Because I’m just TOO DAMN SEXY for just my own site, I’ve been leaving little deposits on other sites, too.

It may be of interest to you that WCAG 2 and mobileOK Basic Tests specs are proposed W3C recommendations.

On a less techy note, I interviewed Veerle Pieters and she basically told me there’s no hope for me as a designer. That’s another illusion shattered then.

And, because it’s not all me me me, Richard Rutter pointed out the minutes of a 23 October W3C meeting where Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, Nokia and others discuss proper Web Fonts (not DRM-ridden proprietary stuff). We need this to happen on the Web.

Any Turkish speakers in the house? I’m very rusty, and a comment about my song “Closing My Eyes” reads “‘Closing My Eyes’ dinliyorum….çok çok güzel… ve beni çok eskilere götürdü.. seninle duygularımı paylaşmak istedim… iyi geceler…..”. A random machine translation says “I listen. It really really to beauty . . . and moles numerous veterans took . . .. . I wanted . . . to share the feelings of a year Good nights. . . . “.

The “moles numerous veterans took” part is slightly baffling.

A visit to Oslo and the Presto core

Oslo first snow

It’s always a pleasure to visit Oslo, particularly in the snow. As usual, I managed to mix business with pleasure, having a dozen or so back-to-back meetings and delicious meals of horse steak and a pint of Aass (which is disappointingly pronounced “orse” and not “arse”).

One of the reasons to visit was to meet up with Lars Erik, who heads the team that makes the core Opera rendering engine, Presto. The cool thing about Presto that I didn’t know when I started at Opera long, long ago in June is that it’s the same in all our browsers. So if you’re looking at a site in desktop, Opera Mobile, Opera Mini or Opera on a device such as a Nintendo Wii, DSi or other things such as an Internet Photoframe, you get the same rendering. Of course, the UI is different and the Mobile editions don’t have Desktop’s mail client etc, but the core rendering engine is the same. The stuff that’s coming is truly exciting.

Another reason to go was to get some media training from Tor, our lovely PR guy. As long-term readers will know, I’m the kind of guy who calls a spade a “fucking spade”, and have already made a few errors simply by talking to journalists like I’d talk to developers. It’s a hard, hard job to be honest and true to yourself while not making your boss facepalm himself every time your name shows up in Google. Fortunately, Opera isn’t a control freakish company so I didn’t get too many volts with the rectal probe.

My main reason to go was possibly the hardest gig I’ve ever had to do: fly in, as the English n00b, to tell the Oslo office what developers think of the product they build. Since I joined the company, I’ve been soliciting or simply harvesting feedback on Twitter, blogs, mailing lists and the like, and presented it to the company. Some of the good stuff, all of the bad stuff. Thank you to each of you who’s taken the time to let me know what you think—I reported it all. And all of it will be looked at and wherever possible, built into the roadmap for Opera 10 and beyond. All of it. (Don’t stop it coming, either!)

And I didn’t get lynched, which is always a bonus.

Oslo pictures, including a shot of the mysterious Jan, proof that Obama uses Opera, the welcoming Opera receptionists and David-not-Dave’s subterranean lair are available for your delight. You can even enjoy automatically generated 3D maps of Oslo. Or Paypal me £20 and I’ll send you some genuine Oslo snow (contents may settle in transit).