Archive for April 2010

Web for All; Conference Keynote

Five groups of people for whom Web accessibility can be challenging:  People with disabilities, challenged associated with aging, reading languages that don’t work well on the Web, with low literacy, and/or with little experience with technology.

Today and tomorrow, in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, the 7th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility is taking place. Most call this event Web for All or W4A. The focus this year is “Developing Regions: Common Goals, Common Problems?”, which is perfect fit for the Web Foundation’s initial focus.  I had the honor of delivering the opening keynote, entitled, “Breaking Barriers to a Read/Write Web that Empowers All” (PDF, PPT).

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Impressions of Burkina Faso, Through Pictures and Video

Mobile, laptop, computers in Burkina FasoThough most of photos and videos from Burkina Faso in this post are strongly related to our Web Alliance for Regreening in Africa project, I want to share these reflections on this country, its people and its potential.

The work to the right is by the artist, Kabré, who does custom painting outside of our hotel in Ouagadougou. I asked him to illustrate the use of mobile phones, laptops and computers in his country. I also asked that the panel on the left be a farmer talking on his mobile phone. My French must be even worse than I thought, because he painted a tourist.  This cool work is now hanging in Boston office.

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