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I am teaching the following accessible Flash classes at the John Slatin Access-U in Austin, in May! Check them out:
Accessible Flash I: Quality Assurance
Learn how to evaluate accessible Flash
Learn how to evaluate Flash for accessibility. This lecture will go through a checklist of accessible Flash requirements and will discuss several different case studies of Flash evaluations. You will learn just enough about Flash to be able to test for accessibility and give recommendations for improvement.
Accessible Flash II: An Introduction
Learn how to make Flash content 508 accessible
This workshop will cover all the necessary steps in making Flash content fully 508 compliant. Through hands–on practice you will learn how to program content in Flash so it can be read by a screen reader. You will also learn how to program keyboard shortcuts and make Flash content accessible through the keyboard alone.
I had a great time at SXSW09 on Andrew Kirkpatricks panel ‘Accessible Flash and Flex Applications’. I met Niqui Merret from www.jadehopper.com and Alaric Cole from Yahoo! We talked about accessible Flash and Flex, and I showed two of our accessible Flash games, a memory game and a whack-a-mole game, both of which are accessible to screen readers.
Please sign this petition to help keep the Accessibility Institute at the University of Texas open! The positions at the instititute were never re-opened to the public. The University of Texas was a leader in the field of accessibility and we feel that by closing the institute, U.T. will lose their prominent lead as expert in this field in the educational community.
Leonard Cheshire Disability campaigns to change the way people think about, and respond to, disability. They have made Creature disComfort movies for this campaign that you have to see!
Visit the website here and sign-up to become part of the campaign: http://www.creaturediscomforts.org/
Preview one of the movies here:
I was asked this morning to join Andrew Kirkpatricks panel at SXSW next year. There are many panel submissions, so if you can, go vote for this one! You can find the panel directly here. You can see all the different panels here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ The panel description:
Accessible Flash and Flex Applications
Developers are increasingly interested in delivering accessible applications that use Flash-based technologies but are uncertain as to what is possible and how to develop and test their applications. This panel will look at best practices and examples, and share information on what’s new in Flash accessibility.
I will be very excited to be a part of SXSW again, since I missed this year’s due to work. Go vote for your favorite panels! Hope to see you there!
He’s finally here! I am now the proud owner of an original Dr. Seuss! A sketch of Horton that was done by Dr. Seuss for a fan, with the words “Who?” and Dr. Seuss’ signature underneath. I framed it with one of the images that is being pre-released of the animated Horton Hears a Who movie that is coming out in March 14, 2008 with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell:
I went to the Best in the SW animation and motion graphics conference last week, and had an absolute blast! Finally a conference that focuses on the art of animation and not just motion graphics. Over half of the conference was dedicated to character animation alone!
The main reason why I went was because of the hands-on workshop with Phil Nibbelink, a former Disney animator who worked on movies like The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, and was animation director on Fievel Goes West and Casper. He is now famous for his movie Romeo and Juliet, sealed with a kiss that he singlehandedly produced and animated! Traditionally in Flash! All in Flash! Did I say the whole movie was done in Flash?
The premier of the movie was at the conference, and it is truly a master piece. I learned a ton from him about character animation and design, and he had many funny anecdotes about squash and stretch on apples in the Black Cauldron, the telescoping clavicals on Casper and what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg.
I also went to sessions with Chris Georgenes, who writes tutorials for the Adobe Dev Center on simulating 3D in Flash. He had a few cute animations that starred his daughter. His examples of the 2D girl on a 3D tricycle convinced me to get Swift3D.
The character animation sessions by Stanton Cruse were also extremely helpful. He showed us the animated shows that he has done for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. The best one was the show Weighty Decisions for Cartoon Network with the characters Angel and Devil. He showed us how the characters were set up and had many handy Flash plug-in recommendations. The main one was the AnimSlider Pro, by Animonger. I did not know this was out there, and now I don’t know how I did without!
Another highlight for me, who didn’t go to Adobe MAX, was the demonstration by Richard Galvan of Flash 9 that will have IK bones in it! Many people were drooling, including me.
Needless to say, I will be going back next year. Thanks to Elaine Montoya and Becky Padillas from Zocoloco studios for organizing this event! Stay tuned for conference photos.
We will be out of the office on Friday June 29th. We will be watching the first showing of Rataouille! We’ll be posting on it later.
Make sure that you also check out the preview for Wall-e, Pixar’s planned robot movie for 2008, here.
It’s out! Reliant Energy this week launched an advertising campaign with The Richards Group featuring “energy expert” appliances that secretly “come to life” and urge their owners to select Reliant Energy. You can read their press release here. We just saw it on TV the other day.
The kids mini site that we are developing is launching this Monday! One television ad features a lamp on a journey from its own home to a neighbor’s home in search of Reliant Energy as its electricity source. He hops across the street, in order to get to the neighbor’s house, where he plugs in the outlet in the wall, with a big sigh. Then he shines on a Reliant energy bill. We will be launching the website that goes with the commercials this Monday. Stay tuned!