Some Useful links for today

At 71, Physics Professor is a Web Star. That’s the wrong headline. It should read: Physics Professor is a Web Star. Age is not a factor, just great teaching. Making Physics fascinating is the achievement here.

Top 10 Hottest Women in Tech from shows ten gorgeous, young, female geeks. Not to be outdone, Susan Bratton at MishyMix posted her own list of the 10 hottest women in tech. Being geeky is hot, girls. Study computer science, study engineering. You, too, can be hot.

Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2. IEBlog announces that IE8 passed the Acid 2 test. (The Acid test is explained, for those in the dark.) IE 8 is scheduled for release sometime in ’08.

Killing Some Bad Layout Conventions by Andy Rutledge offers up some fresh thinking for layouts.

in Web-

(with apologies to ee cummings)

in Web-
standards       when the world is markup- 
luscious the semantic
html advocate

separates       words       and presentation

and everyone comes 
running from the inaccessible and
unusable and it's

when the content is open-wonderful 

the valid
old handcoder posts 
far       and       wide
and readers come dancing

from mobiles and screen-readers and


standardsista       posts 

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A conversation with Stephanie Troeth

I discovered a very interesting woman in the course of getting ready for SXSW. My co-presenter for a SXSW Interactive panel, Stephanie Troeth, is that woman. Luckily, she agreed to an interview of sorts, since I thought you would like to know more about her, too.

Steph is a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), a grassroots organization working for the adoption of web standards. She’s a co-lead of the International Liason Group and serves on the Education Task Force at WaSP. Steph said she became interested in web standards because of an excellent mentor she had while in college. To Steph, web standards and usability just made sense. She calls them elegant. They save time, work, and create beautiful results.

Her involvement with WaSP began in 2003 when she was recruited to work by Molly Holzschlag after Molly saw some work she did for an outfit called MACCAWS. Steph’s personal website is, where she laments that everything is out of date. You can see a few examples of her poetry and other writing there, even though she is too busy working and traveling to promote web standards to keep it updated often.

Steph has a computer science degree. Her minor is in musical composition, and she performed on the keyboards from the age of 7 all the way through college. Although she is not composing music right now, she retains a strong interest in the arts, music and–get this–modern street art. As we strolled around the streets of downtown Austin today, she kept remarking on how square everything was. I must get her away from downtown so she can sample some of Austin’s very unsquare and famously weird ambience.

She was born in Borneo, is of mostly Chinese extraction, went to college in Australia, and now works in Montreal. You can see where her interest in using standards for the internationalization of web sites came from! Her day job at a Montreal company bills her as Director of Technology and Web Development. Part of that job is to hire people in the web development area, a job made more difficult because the college graduates she has to choose from are not often taught to use web standards as a best practice.

If you are at SXSW, come by on Sunday at 4:00 to see our talk on Best Practices in Teaching Web Design. Steph will also be participating in the WaSP panel on Monday at 5:00. Catch her in both places.

This is cross-posted at BlogHer.

Web Accessibility: The Flip Side of the Coin

This excellent article by Miraz Jordan, ATPM 13.03 – Web Accessibility: The Flip Side of the Coin, is partly about helping Mac users. But it’s more than that, it’s a clear explanation of why accessiblility is important to all web users.

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Events: Don’t Make Me Think

Steve Krug, who wrote the excellent and readable Don’t Make Me Think is providing workshops in Portland and Atlanta in May and June. Workshops are described on his site.

No, I don’t mean to be funny by posting an event with a white male at the head immediately after yesterday’s post. But I do see the irony.

Salary disparity in the usability field

Since Paul Sherman at usability blog did this whole salary analysis just for me, I thought it only fair that I link to it. UsabilityBlog: More on Salary By Gender: “So where does that leave us? The data suggest that yes, Virginia, there is a gender differential in our field. The silver lining (if it can be called that) is that the disparity seems to be less than the average (as measured in the US by the Census Bureau and the BLS), and less than the disparity in other professional occupations.”

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