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Turning Back Time

December 21, 2006

Waaaay back in 2003, I started writing a number of articles for another venture/partnership. It was my first foray into posting articles online, and it served me well. When that partnership and my involvement with that site ended, I removed my articles, effectively breaking the Internet. Yes, I know cool URIs don’t change. Bad Derek.

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Digital Web Interview

February 28, 2006

I’m honoured to have been interviewed for Digital Web Magazine – it was truly a pleasure. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out: Interview with Derek Featherstone (February 27, 2006)

Thanks to the Digital Web staff who made all of it happen, and special thanks to Krista Stevens, Digital Web’s Editor in Chief for wanting to run the interview in the first place.

Finally – I can’t say enough about Carolyn Wood for her efforts throughout the course of the interview. She is an absolute treat to work with – a breath of fresh air, great with content strategy and an amazing editor. Thank you so much, Carolyn!!

CSS Background Images: Naughty or Nice?

December 19, 2005

Just in time for the holiday season – I’m honoured to be able to contribute to Drew McLellan’s 24ways.org with my article: CSS Background Images: Naughty or Nice?

Thanks to Drew and all the other authors for putting together a great resource so far!

Making it Accessible: A look at weighted lists

January 24, 2005

Published at WATS.ca – the first in a series of articles on making web content more accessible: Making it Accessible: A look at weighted lists.

In a nutshell, accessibility is more than just alt text and semantics. To make content truly accessible, we need to delve deeper to ask what our purpose is in using a specific technique, what information that technique conveys, and how we can ensure that that information is available to everyone.

A Different Web Accessibility Primer

November 24, 2004

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just had my first article published over at DMXZone.com, entitled “A Different Web Accessibility Primer”. Other members of the authoring team at DMXZone include web professionals such as Molly Holzschlag, Rachel Andrew and Rudy Limeback (among others).

I’ve posted a sample of the web accessibility primer over at WATS.ca so that you can get an idea what the article is about. Just so you are aware: DMXZone.com is a subscription based site – articles are very reasonably priced, and they do have bulk and yearly subscriptions available.

Many thanks to Ian Blackham of DMXZone for his editing suggestions and for helping to co-ordinate the publication and production of this article.

Print it Your Way

June 1, 2004

Just had my first article published over at A List Apart: Print it Your Way. The technique makes use of Chris Pederick’s Web Developer Toolbar extension for Mozilla Firefox, which he has configured to allow you to Edit CSS on the fly. This allows you to modify the CSS of any page on any site, and save those styles for later.
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