It is only fitting that my first blog post should be on the eve of leaving for “An Event Apart” in Chicago.
My name is John F Croston III; I live the Washington, DC area and am a consultant at the Pentagon. I use the following items/processes/techniques to get work done on the Army G-1 website.
- Web Standards
- Tables only if I have to for tabular data
- Validators for XHTML, CSS, 508, Bobby, etc.
Most of the posts for this blog will be about the web and technology, with some things from everyday life. It will be of things I have learned and stuff I have tried; sometimes it will work others it will not.
I have been trying really hard to learn as much as I can about accessibility. Two things have put me on this path. One being working at the Pentagon you get to see soldiers that have come Walter Reid hospital that have lost hands, limbs, their eye sight, etc. The second thing was meeting a really nice woman named Pat Pound while the SXSW 2007 Trade Show.
I spent sometime with Pat having her look at my work website for a bit while talking with her. She said my website looked good for the short time see spent going over it. For those that might have her you know see is blind or visually impaired. After the conference I have sent her a few notes to get her thoughts of how it would best be to do certain things from her perspective.
The other people’s blogs, presentations, etc. that I have learned from (not the full list):
- Jeffrey Zeldman
- Eric Meyer
- Digital Web Magazine
- Aaron Gustafson – http://easy-reader.net/ – blog
- Aaron Gustafson – Web Visions 07 Forms Presentation
- Derek Featherstone- http://www.furtherahead.com/
- Ian Lloyd – http://lloydi.com/
- Ian Lloyd – http://www.accessify.com
I plan on improving the layout of this blog as I learn more about WordPress and PHP.
I guess that is all for now. I hope to add more to the blog as the conference goes on over the next few days.