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April 3, 2010 - 5 comments

What I Learned This Week: Random Mix

12 Million: Americans with sensory disabilities
26 million: Americans with Physical disabilities
16 million: Americans with mental/cognitive disabilities

— Scott Mayer, Usability Services Specialist, American Family Insurance from the art of web accessibility by Steve Grobschmidt, in his article, Multiple Facets of Accessible Design - Scott Mayer Presentation

I’m still processing a ton of information about web accessibility and disabilities. All I know is that I want to do better to help make experiencing the web easier for as many people as possible.

Web Standards is About Quality

“...when you examine the fullness of the technical and experiential results of crafting websites and web applications according to Web standards, and compare the results with efforts not crafted according to these standards, what you’re confronted with is a stark contrast in what really matters: quality. It is the idea of quality, not standardization, which provides the compelling argument for the Web Standards Project and for the W3C.” — Andy Rutledge, Web Standards: it’s about qualty; not compliance

Quality. It was the first article about Web Standards that put all my learning and efforts into a greater context. (Thank you Andy for being so eloquent.) The learning continues of course, and I highly recommend reading the entire article. If you are interested, he also has a great cycling blog.

Really, Write to One Person

I’ve read and heard this advice at least a million times and for some reason, Sonia’s marketing advice resonated with me this week. Maybe because I like the photograph of two girls dancing in the snow. It brought back a memory. Maybe it was just the right time. All I know is I feel like I’ve been all over the map and I want to make the kind of connection she made with me.

I Want to Grow My Business

So my goal in the next few weeks is to hire a virtual assistant. This scares me and I know that if I ever want to grow my business, I need to get the help I need. But finding one is not easy. I did a search on twitter and wow, there are so many! After what seemed like hours, I finally stumbled upon a woman who created this great resource for hiring a virtual assistant. Now I feel more confident speaking with one or two or more to find a good match.

Great Grey Owls Can Live to 40 Years

I think that is amazing. I never really thought about it much until I saw this picture of a Great Grey Owl by photographer Markus Mauthe. I wonder if the owl in the photograph will make it to 40.

There it is. Five things I learned this week. 

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Danielle Baird
April 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

This is great, Deb!

The article on web standards is a great find, and very timely for me. I’m about 30 minutes away from starting the architecture on a new site for a client… thanks! This part of his article is SO true, and cracked me up:

This same argument finds firmer footing outside of the Web designer and developer community. The general public does not care about Web standards any more than it cares about the minutiae of standards for aircraft hydraulics. The airplane just better damn work right.

I hope you’ll keep writing about your experience with searching for and working with a VA. I’m not at a point yet in my own business where this is an option, but I hope I will be soon. Good luck!

April 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

He’s such a great writer and it is SO TRUE that most people don’t know about Web Standards and don’t care. Yet, all the tools we use to make websites more search-engine friendly, user-friendly, fast and beautiful are based in Web Standards. I do think that there are a significant number of people who care about quality and performance. I mean sure, a website can just work but are you maximizing your investment and your opportunity?

Virtual Assistant. I definitely will. I have a meeting with one VA on Tuesday. Thanks for the luck!

April 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I love how you share both your fears & strengths. Amazingly your posts are spot on with points in my life & give me the confidence to boldly move forth. Thanks, Deb!

April 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

La ~ Oh thanks for the encouragement 🙂 Blogging, running a business, finding your voice, your path… it is such a discovery process! Good luck and I know we can do it together!

Dennis McDougall
April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

More power to the disabled.

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