Derek Featherstone's Box of Chocolates: You never know what you're going to get

Box of Chocolates

Saturday, August 16th, 2008 - 12:31am

One Two Punch

For the better part of the last three years, Jeremy and I have spoken at countless conferences together as some form of a dynamic duo, if you will, though I dare not say who would be Batman and who would be Robin.

We’ve traditionally teamed up to provide a one-two punch talking about DOM Scripting and Accessibility. Our winning formula usually begins with Jeremy laying the foundation with his incredibly easy-to-understand and hard-to-refute explanations of DOM Scripting. He’s always been the ultimate set-up man — paving the way for me to take the audience home, walking through examples, strategies and (what I hope to be) thought-provoking ways of using JavaScript to enhance user interfaces and improve accessibility.

Add in the fact that the words “octothorpe” and “intertwingle” simply roll off Jeremy’s tongue, and, well… I really couldn’t ask for much more, now could I?

This time will be a little different, though. It’s not the usual setup — yes, we’re both speaking at An Event Apart, San Francisco, but we’re not combining forces to battle evil as we normally do.

I’m really looking forward to Jeremy’s talk — Patterns in the Process, on the morning of Day 2. Earlier this year at UIE’s Web App Summit, both Jeremy and I whole-heartedly enjoyed Bill Scott‘s talk on Anti-patterns (seriously, it was outstanding), so it doesn’t surprise me in the least that Jeremy is exploring that territory.

Just before lunch on Day 2, I’ll be talking about one of my favourite topics: Accessibility Beyond Compliance. For me, this goes to the heart of accessibility: in the end, accessibility is about people, not checklists.

The entire schedule sounds great, so I’m looking forward to two days of hearing other people’s perspectives and stories about their work. I’ve been training pretty hard, so a few days of face to face with other web geeks like me and a couple of days of lighter workouts in San Francisco is most welcome!

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