RIP Jack Pickard

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Rachel

Tonight I heard the sad news that Jack Pickard, author of The Pickards, accessibility guru and ambassador, and all round nice guy and inspiration to many, unexpectedly died on Saturday night from a suspected heart attack. My deepest sympathies to Jack’s wife, family, and friends. I never met Jack, but for a long time now [...]

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Blame culture gone mad

Posted August 6th, 2009 by Rachel

These days it seems as though there has to be a reason for everything, and someone has to be to blame for everything in life that goes wrong. Fall over in the street? Sue the council because the pavement was uneven! Minor road accident with a dented bumper? Sue the other driver for post traumatic [...]

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Royal Mail, bloody postmen, and delivery people!

Posted August 6th, 2009 by Rachel

This morning I went out. I was out for less than an hour, but during that time Mr Postie decided to come calling with a parcel for me. Now our old postman we had trained, but unfortunately he died last year. Since then we’ve had a string of different ones, and no sooner do you [...]

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Storm in a tea-cup?

Posted July 29th, 2009 by Rachel

I spotted an article the other day on Out-Law about swine flue possibly becoming a “force majeure” and advising that companies should check their contracts… Companies should dig out their major contracts and read the clauses on ‘force majeure’ to prepare for arguments that a swine flu pandemic could render contracts meaningless, a legal expert [...]

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Accessibility and the inclusion principle

Posted July 27th, 2009 by Rachel

While looking for an old article on Alistapart that I really should have bookmarked eons ago but forgot to, I stumbled across an article on the inclusion principle. The basic message of the article is that accessibility is something that should be considered right from the start of a design, and not as an afterthought. [...]

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Grown men who should know better and kinky boots

Posted July 26th, 2009 by Rachel

(aka: what I’ve been watching on TV) After probably getting on for two years spent glued to my keyboard staring at the screen, with the only screen I’ve been watching coming with a keyboard attached, over the past couple of months I’ve actually started watching TV again. I’ve discovered a number of things… Unless you’re [...]

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Easy website background image

Posted July 26th, 2009 by Rachel

I’ve stumbled upon an easy to do background effect for a web page if you’re looking for a fairly “natural”/neutral background if you don’t want a stark white background on a page. This gives you a nice texture which takes the ‘glare’ off a stark white page (works best with “natural” type themes) which is very [...]

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I’m back!

Posted July 26th, 2009 by Rachel

Okay, so far I’ve done appallingly at my goal of posting every day. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve well and truly failed in my new year’s resolution. As usual my absence can be explained by the continuing medical dramas in my life and me generally feeling crap. My medical adventures over the [...]

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Coming round again

Posted January 4th, 2009 by Rachel

…New Year’s revolutions resolutions, that is. I don’t know what happened to the last year, but it disappeared far too damned quickly for my liking, but here we are anyway, the start of a new year, and it’s that time of year when we make lists of all the things we’re going to do, and [...]

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End of year catch-up

Posted December 29th, 2008 by Rachel

Well, I’ve just realised I’ve managed to go almost the whole of December without posting anything, so, apart from a big “Merry Christmas!” to one and all, a quick catch-up on what’s been going on around here recently…what can I say expect the past few weeks have been crazy since I went back to work [...]

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