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Whether you're building a house or a website you'll need to follow certain standards - codes. As someone who transitioned from the building trade to web design I've been amused by similarities in these two seemingly disparate professions. Much of the terminology is the same. I've already mentioned build and code.

Analogies are useful but they're eventually dead ends. Rarely did I walk onto a construction site and say "shall we start with the roof or the foundation today?." I say rarely, because remodeling is another beast. Much like retrofitting an inaccessible website.

In the young trade of website construction some of these fundamentals are still being hammered out. Content First anyone?
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The passing of a legend: a tribute to Vic Finkelstein

From Crippen's Blog on Disability Arts Online

His political activism turned from apartheid to disability rights

From The Guardian:

"The political activist and campaigner Vic Finkelstein, who has died aged 73, was deported from South Africa for his support of the anti-apartheid movement. He was the main architect of the Fundamental Principles of Disability, published in 1975, which argued that the problems faced by disabled people were caused by society's failure to take account of their needs, not by their impairments."

Read the rest of the obituary on The Guardian