The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published Statements of Interest in two cases brought by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) against Harvard (PDF) and MIT (PDF), respectively. The NAD is suing the two universities for violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act because the video and audio materials they are making available as part of their online learning offerings are not captioned.
Dispatches From the Internets
I had the great pleasure of delivering the closing keynote for the final Responsive Day Out. Here’s what I had to say.
One of the greatest challenges of progressive enhancement lies not with the coding, but with the planning. It can be incredibly challenging to articulate how a single interface might adapt to a wide variety of situations. Interface Experience Maps (Ix Maps) can help.
It’s like a snake eating its own tail:
Wonder what’s going on? Well, Facebook’s mobile site (
m.facebook.com/ClydesOnMain) is tracking the URL (using the
refsrc GET parameter) I came from (
www.facebook.com/ClydesOnMain#!/ClydesOnMain)—a single page “web app”, hence the hash-bang:
#!—that was tracking the original referral page (
I hope they got all that.
In watching Atari: Game Over, I couldn’t help but see all of the parallels between the early video game industry and the web design industry. The boys’ club… Engineers as rockstars… It’s a tale of a meteoric commercial rise followed by a swift and dismal collapse.
I may work for Microsoft, but I don’t know everything that’s going on across the company. It’s big and I don’t have that kind of time.
Today is the day Google updates it algorithm to take into account mobile-friendliness. Here are a few tips that will help you embrace mobile without tearing your hair out.