Hopefully you’ve worked out by now I’m not The Henny Swan Pub in Suffolk and in fact an actual person. Having said that you’d be forgiven for thinking I was a pub as I did grow up a couple of miles down the road (really). No, I don’t know what my parents were thinking either…
Anyway, this is where I occasionally mind dump non pub-related stuff in a desperate attempt to remember some of what I learn day to day in my work as an accessibility specialist. Currently working at the BBC I’ve been in this space for 14 years previously at Opera Software, the Royal National Institute of the Blind, freelancing, and a startup in China.
- BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines – lead editor on a set of technology agnostic standards and guidelines used across BBC. These came bundled with technology specific – HTML, iOS, Android – techniques, examples and evaluation criteria
- The BBC Standard Media Player (SMP) – the BBC SMP is a pan BBC, responsive player built in Flash and HTML
- iPlayer – oversaw the accessibility in the relaunch of a responsive BBC iPlayer (2014)
I have contributed to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines User Group (UAAG), the W3C Mobile Symposium, the UN Global Initiative for Accessible ICT (UNG3ICT), and am a past co-lead of the Web Standards Project (WASP) International Liaison Group (ILG).
I have written articles for Dot Net Magazine, the Web Standards Project, the Opera Developers blog (ODIN), Spotless Interactive, BECTA, Scroll and Scrunchup. I have also contributed to Rhetorical Accessibility: At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies with Sarah Lewthwaite and Implementing responsive design by Tim Kadlec.
I regularly speak at conferences such as South by South West, the World Wide Web Conference, Techshare, Accessibility 2.0, eAccess, Mobile Monday and CSUN.