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MacStories: An iOS Accessibility Timeline

Posted in Access and Disability, and Announcements

My first article for MacStories is a doozy. I actually just wrote the word, “doozy.” Moving on! I’ve taken 6,500 or so words to chronicle ten years of iOS accessibility, feature by feature, release by release, in true MacStories style. Who else but Federico and his team would have let me write at such length in a voice that’s all my own? The story is inspired by “36 Seconds that Changed Everything.” Check it out!

I Made A Thing! “36 Seconds that Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk”

Posted in Access and Disability, Announcements, New Media and Tech, and Podcasting

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my audio documentary, “36 Seconds that Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk.” It’s the story of how accessibility features came to the iPhone in 2009, how that event rocked some people’s world, and how most didn’t even notice. You can listen to the documentary or read a transcript at the web site I made (it looks remarkably like this one, I know, but an accessible theme…

Web Heroics, Catching Up, and Doing it Live

Posted in New Media and Tech, and Random Personal Nonsense

This Web site has been under the weather for awhile. I’ll play the hero and tell you that I wrestled t to the ground, pummeled the mySQL database and made it do my bidding. Then I reassembled these pages from the ashes of mixed metaphor, backed it all up and went on about my business. A consequence of the site’s troubles is that I haven’t done many updates here. I’m making Parallel episodes. I went…

New Year, New Shows and a Book!

Posted in Access and Disability, Announcements, New Media and Tech, and Pods and Presos

When it comes to not keeping my blog updated, I’m in good company around the Internet. And yet, I feel badly about it. The iOS 12 edition of my book, iOS Access for All is out in the world. Please go get one. The ePub and Apple Books editions (which are identical, but for the fact that Apple Books takes 30 percent) are on the virtual shelves. The PDF version, of which I’ve spoken lovingly…

Podcast Roundup: Parallel Gathers Steam

Posted in Announcements, and Podcasting

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with automating new processes. At work, I’ve long automated text-processing tasks, but I’m expanding that to web work, and building workflows around podcast production. What I have yet to tackle is my tendency to forget about this lovely little blog. If you wonder why I do, perhaps take a listen to some podcasts I’ve been making, and where I’ve been appearing. More of that is on the way when the book comes out…

iOS Access for All, iOS 12 Edition is on its Way

Posted in Access and Disability, Announcements, and General Store

I just announced that the iOS 12 edition of my book will be available later this fall, and that you can get it free if you buy a copy of the iOS 11 edition between now and the release date for the new book. That’s my standard release strategy, and one of the things I do on release day each year is to send out new books to all the folks who buy after the…

Podcast Roundup: New Parallel Episodes, Guest Shots, and Maccessibility’s Return

Posted in Announcements, and Pods and Presos

Platforms, Web sites and social networks occasionally overwhelm me, and I occasionally feel as though I’m overwhelming the various outlets I use with announcements of the things I’m up to. So this is a roundup of shows I’ve made and been a part of lately, because I neglected to post them when they happened. Parallel #2 features my guest, audio description pro Valerie Hunter. Clockwise #255 is the most beautifully short tech podcast I know…

Podcast: Something to Say

Posted in Pods and Presos

My friend Josh de Lioncourt has a new show called Something to Say. On each episode, he talks to a creative person about what he or she does. I was honored to be the first guest. This little show is a pretty good summary of how and why I write books, and how I got to be pretty good at it over time. I’m really looking forward to hearing more of Josh’s guests.