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Sep 30

Web Essentials 2005 PodCasts

9 comments 2005 at 01.22 am posted by Veerle Pieters

If you are like me and can’t make it to Sydney for Web Essentials 2005 but are still interested in hearing Molly Holzschlag doing her keynote or listen to Tantek Çelik, Jeffrey Veen, Eric Meyer, Douglas Bowman, Derek Featherstone and many others talented people with a passion for a better Web, then I’ve got good news for you…

Sep 03

Web Standards in Belgium

68 comments 2005 at 11.50 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I’ve discovered Web Standards around end 2003 and now we are almost 2 years further but I still feel a bit like the lone gunmen in Belgium when it comes to general usage of proper W3C guidelines. Ok, there are probably a few that uses them but it’s like a needle in a hay stack. We often work together with the top 20 internet agencies in Belgium. In most of these projects we are responsible for the design and XHTML templates.

Jun 22

A response from an accessibility consultant from BlindSurfer

49 comments 2005 at 12.45 am posted by Veerle Pieters

An interesting follow up on our discussion on accessibility is the comment made by Roel Van Gils, an accessibility consultant from BlindSurfer (Belgium).

I’ve been following this discussion with great interest. I work as an accessibility consultant for BlindSurfer, the Belgian (not Flemish; we’re also active in Brussels and the Walloon region of Belgium) organization that you and some of your readers criticized. I would like to set some things straight.

Jun 20

Accessibility, Veerle’s point of view

38 comments 2005 at 02.15 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I’ve been reading a lot about accessibility the last few days. One of the latest articles about this issue is over at Andy Budd’s place. He is saying that it is in a small part up to the law to make people/companies aware of those issues. Well I can only follow to a certain degree. Yes the law/gouverment should have a role in all this but not necessary a legalization with a negative tone by forcing things or fear by legal action. It’s very good that people in UK have a legal route if they feel that they are discriminated but I personally think a lot of those people just don’t bother to go through all the hassle that is associated with it.

Jun 15

Pictures from @Media 2005 and London

16 comments 2005 at 06.13 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I am probably the last of the bunch but my pictures are finally available on Flickr from my trip to London. So if you are interested in a visual journey of my trip please check out my 2 sets:

Luckily I had a little help from my boyfriend to put them online because it is business as usual again here. Hope you like them.

Jun 14

My thoughts on @media London

5 comments 2005 at 01.45 am posted by Veerle Pieters

The @media conference
Lots of people have already posted an extended review of the @media conference , while I was enjoying London during the weekend. So I’m just gonna post my impressions and give you some of the highlights. Jeffrey Zeldman‘s keynote speech was a perfect starter for this conference. After all he is the (famous, at least in ‘our’ world) man that inspired us all and made us care for web standards. Same goes for Molly Holzschlag, she is a real pro and gave us some promising news, an exclusive that we have to keep for ourself at the moment since it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

Jun 11

The social factor of @media 2005

24 comments 2005 at 12.30 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Well, what can I say, I’m having a great time here. There is really too much to write about, it’s like my head is exploding right now ;-) I feel like I’m living on adrenaline the last couple of days. It’s so intense to have so much fun and meet all those people. The conference was really great on day one and the second day was even better. It was a bit of a rush to get on time.

Jun 08

Arrived in London for @media

14 comments 2005 at 03.28 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

This morning around 11 my boyfriend and I departed for @media London. We took the train from Deinze to Brussels, ate a sandwich and then checked in to take the Eurostar from Brussels to London Waterloo. This was my actually my first time I travelled with the Eurostar. Apart from the very poor Dutch by the train manager (it was advisable to pay attention to the French version instead, it was that bad) the trip went smooth.

May 30

@media is coming close

16 comments 2005 at 01.03 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Only 9 days and I’m off to London to join the @media conference. Not only am I looking forward to this event because of the interesting speeches and learning material, but also because of the social aspect. You know, putting faces to the familiar names.

Mar 31

One of our latest projects just went live!

58 comments 2005 at 04.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Maybe you remember my Illustrator tutorial about freshening up bad source material that I did a while ago. It’s my pleasure to show you the final result because the website went live a few days ago. The project is for patients who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and want to find out more about the disease and its treatment.

One of our latest projects just went live!
It’s a site that contains a lot of text (in Dutch) but with the power of CSS we tried to make it as engaging as possible. A few examples of graphics that had an overhaul are found here and here. In this project we had accessibility on our mind most of the time and I think the end result isn’t that bad. There is always room for improvement but this is our best effort yet.

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