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Accessibility Weekly and Tracking
One newsletter saying no to tracking.
Featured in WebAIM December 2022 Newsletter
My post on accessibility and MVPs made it into one of my favorite newsletters.
Accessibility and MVPs
It's easier than you think.
Is this thing going to last?
Designing for Web Accessibility in 60 Seconds
It's all about asking good questions.
It's about what people do.
Ad Hoc's Accessibility Playbook
We have plays, and counterplays.
Iteration vs. Big Splash
Take it one step at a time. With a plan.
I made reading a habit, finally.
Beyond the Screen Reader
There's more to accessibility than screen readers, but where do you go next?
If your digital work fades away, what keeps you doing the work?
When to Manage Focus in an Accessible Way
Don't drop the baton, as in don't let people lose their place in your digital experience.
New and Improved Accessibility Weekly, 2021 Edition
All the accessibility links that are fit to curate.
On Beginning in the Web Field
The important takeaways after a decade in the web field.
Goodbye Accessible Zen
Letting an important side project go.
New Design, New Architecture
Details around a new site design for davidakennedy.com, circa 2020.
Ad Hoc Accessibility Camp 2020
A entire event centered on learning accessibility.
Remembering Accessible Joe
Joe taught me so much by what he created.
The Intersection of Markup, Content and Context in Accessibility
I wrote a post for 24 A11y about context in accessibility.
Joining Ad Hoc
Diving into accessibility full time.
A Leadership Toolkit
A toolkit to help me function better as a leader.
To Do List Iterations
A real notebook helps.
Why I Care About Accessibility
You might not know I'm a twin.
Good Accessibility Means Quality
Accessibility Answers: Is Safari Better than Chrome for Accessibility?
Better Conversations About Accessibility
If you know accessibility and work with designers, design with them.
Inclusive Design: Whose Opportunity Is It?
Your decisions can start impacting better design for everyone.
Even more focus this year.
A Distraction-Free Phone
Themers in a Photo – Grand Meetup, 2018 Edition
Time and Decisions
Making decisions is the work.
The End-to-End Experience
Every step in the experience matters.
Theme Team in Warsaw, 2018
Going deep on design.
Important Things to Say to Your Team
What campaigns should you run?
Front End Design, WordPress Themes and the Future
If you work on WordPress themes, your role will evolve.
James Dyson on Luck, Distance Running and Success
Running has influenced a lot of my perspectives in life
Be the Leader You Wish You Had
Fan the flames.
Coding with VS Code
I confess, I switched editors again.
Listen, Learn… Then Lead
Iteration can happen anywhere.
Work on the Right Thing
Focusing on less.
Theme Team in Hawaii, 2017
Styling in Hawaii.
The Promise of Gutenberg: Themes as More Design, Less Baggage
This changes everything.
This tool helped me learn so much about HTML and CSS.
Staying Positive When Your Product Causes Pain
Look for the wins too.
Themers in a Photo – Grand Meetup, 2017 Edition
Another visit to the mountains of Canada.
Accessibility Weekly Featured in WebAIM August 2017 Newsletter
Meta goal reached.
Automattic Grand Meetup 2017
Back in the mountains.
A11y Weekly Featured in WebAIM August 2017 Newsletter
Turns out WebAIM featured A11y Weekly recently.
Quitting the Internet
The Next Chapter for Themes
Customers want their sites to look just right. They don’t want to learn a theme.
Running, Again – Maybe
Trying this again.
Focusing on What Matters
Don't ignore what matters: accessibility, performance and security.
The Future of Underscores
Things look bright for one of my favorite open source projects.
WordCamp Europe 2017 + Community Summit
My first WordCamp Europe.
The Future of Accessibility Weekly
Okay, let's make this really weekly.
Theme Team in Montréal, 2017
Pass the poutine.
Twenty Seventeen on WordPress.com
The finish line after the finish line.
Themers as Shipbuilders
I want you to sail them.
Thoughts on Frontend Design
What the heck do I do?
Another year around the sun.
The Story of One New Bathroom Fan
It has a happy ending.
Jan. 20, 2017
Is Accessibility Hard?
Well, no. And yes. Let me explain.
Experiment: I Quit Coffee
So long, Joe.
Theme Team in Barcelona, 2016
A Theme Team meetup in Spain.
What Comes Next is the Future
Oh, a mix of history and the Web!
Contributing to Twenty Seventeen
Sami shares some good advice.
The Power of the Web
Progressive enhancement, like most principles on the Web doesn't have an always-optimal approach.
A few thoughts on the new year.
Signs You May be a Designer
Dear Twenty Seventeen Contributors
Thank you everyone!
WordCamp US 2016
WordCamp US number two.
Let's get practical for a bit.
Use what works for you.
Behind the Scenes of WordPress.com Themes with David Kennedy
A peek at what I do at WordPress.com with WordPress themes.
Twenty Seventeen in Trunk
Look out, committing in WordPress.
Themers in a Photo – Grand Meetup, 2016 Edition
What a silly team.
Skywalk Trail on Rainbow Mountain
One long hike.
Automattic Grand Meetup 2016
Automattic Grand Meetup no. three.
We're the Only Plane in the Sky
An oral histpry worth reading.
Hello Twenty Seventeen
Whoa, I'm leading this thing.
What We Look for in Themes for WordPress.com
Have a better chance of getting a premium theme on WordPress.com.
Introducing Theme User Experience Requirements
Putting these best practices into your themes on WordPress.org and elsewhere means anyone using them will have an easier time getting to what they really want to do.
What is React?
What will React teach us?
There's always more beneath the surface.
What if you hadn't seen someone for a year. How would you answer what you were doing now?
Some tips on diving into JS.
Just Build Websites
Oh, fun side project ideas.
How to Learn Technical Things
Give it time.
Less Apps, One Week In
Sticking with web apps.
Embrace the link.
Empathy and Acceptance in Design and Community
Practicing empathy in our work could have the same impact on the Web as responsive design.
The change starts with listening.
Progressive Enhancement is
Progressive enhancement is quality.
What to Consider When the Platforms Show Up with Money
Social networks can't replace your own domain.
Trying to start over with apps.
Themers, Themes and the Content Creation in WordPress
A few fun WordPress questions to think about.
Why Suburbia Sucks
Why cities in the United States aren't walkable.
Thematic taught me so much.
Being a Developer After 40
Getting good can come at any time.
Moving again, for good reason.
Accessible Zen: Version 1.2
New version of Accessible Zen released.
Display a Featured, Featured Image in WordPress
I wrote a tutorial about featured images on ThemeShaper.
ThemeShaper v. 2016
A new look for ThemeShaper.
Theme Team in Vancouver, 2016
Last week, the Theme Team, my team at Automattic, spent the week in Vancouver.
I turned 37, and posted a few thoughts about it.
A Collection of WordPress Theme Review Tips
A few tips on reviewing WordPress themes for quality.
Speaking at WordPress D.C. on Themes and UX
Speaking about UX and themes at the next WordPress DC.
A WordPress theme starter project to make creating different types of themes easier.
Why I Love Working with the Web
The Web represents this giant book that we're all writing and learning from.
Don't Use Slack? (Or Why Aren't We Better at Accessibility?)
Accessibility happens everywhere.
More Parenting Advice, Sorry
A flow chart, of sorts.
Learn More About Themes and User Experience
WordPress themes are for users.
Conan O'Brien Interviews Jack White
Deadlines can fuel creativity.
A few goals for the year of 2016.
WordPress 4.4 and More
Really enjoying being a part of this community.
WordCamp US 2015 + Community Summit
My first WordCamp US and Community Summit.
Theme Wranglers in Lisbon, 2015
Some photos with fellow Theme Wranglers, my team at Automattic, in Lisbon Portugal.
Do I really need to use jQuery for this?
Ensuring a High Performing Web for the Next Billion People
A talk that touches on all the parts of the Web that we know have nearly limitless potential, but that we haven't yet figured out how to do well consistently.
Accessibility Weekly: One Month In
Nine Learnings from Nine Years of Brain Pickings
A lot of learning comes when you keep doing working to grow a creation.
Speaking at WordCamp US 2015
Excited to be talking about UX at WordCamp US.
Twenty Sixteen: Under the Hood
See if you can break Twenty Sixteen.
A Bunch of Themers in One Photo
My team takes good, silly photos.
Park City, Utah
A few photos from a walk around Park City, Utah.
The Holly Trail at Canyons Resort
A few photos from my hike yesterday of the Holly Trail at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
Some tips on blogging regularly.
Automattic Grand Meetup 2015
My second Automattic Grand Meetup.
Accessible Zen Featured on Hongkiat.com
Catching a bit of the spotlight.
Remembering Alex King
What a big loss.
A11y Weekly Launched
A newsletter to help bring accessibility into your everyday work.
The Future Mundane
Don't just design for your ideal user.
One Year at Automattic
So far, so much fun at Automattic.
WordCamp Baltimore 2015
WordCamp No. 2.
The Slow Web
Be mindful of what you do each day.
A Brief History of Web Design
I want that intense, personal exploration and sharing back.
How Future-Safe are Your Ideas?
Hint, post on your own domain.
Space Jam Forever
One of my favorite historical websites.
The Year of Accessibility in WordPress
We made lots of progress this year.
Steal This Talk
Trust each other more and work together for far greater impact.
Meet Twenty Sixteen
The newest default WordPress theme has turned into one of my favorites.
WordPress Core Contributor Streak
Let's keep this going.
Remembering the Everyday Developer
Pay attention to the raw materials, and tech yourself.
Okay, I'm starting a newsletter.
My Life in Typefaces
Mind the subtle difference between constraints and compromises.
An Event Apart DC 2015: Day Two
We need to challenge our assumptions.
An Event Apart DC 2015: Day One
A few key points from my first An Event Apart.
My Still Missing Reading Habit
Missing my reading via commute.
New Browser Features, Interoperability, Craft, and the Future of the Web
The Web has beauty in its wildness.
The Hamburger Wars
Useful in fewer ways than you think.
Writing is Failure
So that's why people don't do this.
As We May Link
The smallest tag is the best tag.
Every Browser is the New IE (To Me)
Different browsers make the Web fun.
Flash is Dead
Delivered from Strong Bad himself.
Take Back TV – I Hope
I really just want ESPN alone.
Erase and Rewind: A Tale of Innovation and Patience
The Web is the Web. Unique.
The Story Behind .io
It's easy to forget the implications of the choices we make with our buying power.
Featured in WebAIM July 2015 Newsletter
I scored a hat trick on this.
Publishing Versus Performance: Our Struggle for the Soul of the Web
Give us more cooperation, experimentation, failure and patience.
A Guide to Parenting
It's not possible to save sleep.
Theme History and WordPress
A dive into the history of premium themes, Kubrick and more.
Well Designed Interfaces Look Boring
People want a works-for-me design.
A Roundtable on Progressive Enhancement
Helping others learn how to improve the quality of what they create on the web.
The Web We Have To Save
Missing the time when more people bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters.
Practicing Web Accessibility Differently
The impetus for most accessibility successes or failures falls into one or more of these three categories.
Talking About Web Accessibility Differently
Accessibility carries the same fluidity as the Web.
Thinking About Web Accessibility Differently
You already have what it takes to make the Web accessible.
Google Plus and Web Performance
Watch your CSS size.
Five Goofy Things Medium Did That Broke Accessibility
Let's talk about accessibility more.
Imbalance, Innovation and Work-Life Balance
Forget the balance.
The Gruen Effect
This seems familar.
President Obama on Grace
A truly moving speech.
Responsive Design: Where Do We Go From Here?
These things help each other.
Ten Years of Automattic
Been at this awhile.
The First Librarian of Congress for the Internet Age
Information will be a little different.
A Journey Into Web Accessibility
Don't worry about knowing everything.
Creating Your Minimum Viable Product
It's usually easier than you think it might be.
What is Code?
Let's find out how this code thing works.
I Have No Idea What The Hell I'm Doing
Lots of us feel the same way.
You and the Future of WordPress Themes
Designers in the WordPress community should release more theme design ideas.
A Manifesto for Accessible User Experience
Look at accessibility through the lens of user experience.
The Web is Not Poor Man's Native
The web does not need to emulate native to provide a powerful, vibrant app ecosystem.
This Web App Best Viewed By Someone Else
What we too often dismiss as edge cases are real people who may very much want or even legitimately need to use what we create.
Skye is One
My perspective has become clearer and tighter.
Web! What is it Good For?
The web power lies in its universality.
It's more simple than you think.
The Ryanair Approach to Progressive Enhancement
Use progressive enahancement as a reward.
Modern-Day Philosopher: Brunello Cucinelli
Advice from the king of cashmere.
The True Cost of Progressive Enhancement
There's a difference between support and optimization.
This is Water
Wake up and care.
Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2015!
It's a good day to learn about accessibility.
It begins with culture.
Kind of simple.
Blue Chips: The Orlando Magic's Lost Dynasty
Shaq, Penny and 3D, if only…
What lies behind the library?
Where Home Is
Home happens where you are.
The Days Are Long But the Decades Are Short
It always comes down to time.
Theming with the REST API
A new way to theme, perhaps?
How to Create Better, More Accessible WordPress Themes
Detailed and thoughtful, plus it's not as hard as you might think.
Notes on Client-Rendered Accessibility
Manage that focus, folks.
A Woman with Usher Syndrome Reviews Her Apple Watch
Accessibility features matter.
A One Page App in One Day!
Really, one day only?
Accessibility Answers: How Do I Handle Alt Attributes
Writing good alt text takes careful consideration.
Apollo 11 Mission Patch
A cool fact about the Apollo 11 mission.
The Tesla Powerwall
The cool thing here is the open source patents.
One Journalism Student on the Job She'll Never Have
It's tough out there.
Websites as Art
How do websites really last?
Explaining Web Design
What is it that I do?
Art Direction and Creativity on the Web in 2015
It should be easier to be creative on the web.
Accessibility Answers: Which Accessibility Problems Do I Fix First?
You have to start somewhere.
Perfectionism and Blogging
Don't let it stop you.
Hey, Killer by Local H
Bringing back the fun.
Inside Automattic's Remote Hiring Process
It's all about text.
Tips for Surviving Google’s “Mobilegeddon”
It's about more than smaller screens.
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Medium?
It's always about finding readers.
Accessibility is Not an Edge Case
It's for everybody.
Hope for the Open Web
Keep it open.
Seven Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility
A useful list of tips.
Let WordPress Speak
This new API in WordPress helps people who use assistive technology in a huge way.
Accessible Zen: Version 1.1.5
New version of Accessible Zen released.
A Look Back at the Mother of All Demos
The thing that gave us the computer mouse and more.
The Long Web
Bigger and better than the greatest library?
The Setup, 2015
Some of the stuff I use every day, circa 2015.
From Community Generosity to a Full-Time Job
A free service turns into a job.
Accessibility and Low-Powered Devices
Does your site or app work on a inexpensive phone or tablet?
ReactJS for Stupid People
That title is off putting, but the information helps.
Responsive Web Design is Five
I still remember when I first read about it.
My Missing Reading Habit
Let's see if a strategy will help.
Trying out a new code editor.
Five Years of My Autistic Son Rocking His iPad
Accessible apps matter.
Being Andre the Giant
Different, but also the same.
A11y Wins Tumblr
Yay, something positive in the accessibility community.
News for Betty + Accessibility Hackathon
Hacking for better accessibility.
Theme, Don't be My Everything
Don't do too much in one go.
Web Accessibility Tutorials from the W3C
These will be good.
Empathy Can Fix the Modern Newsroom
Move mindfully, and fix things.
Accessibility Answers: What Can I Do Now for Better Accessibility?
Make changes now for better accessibility.
Is This Venue Accessible?
This is why I made an accessible WordPress theme.
The Facebook Reconing
A tough go for journalism.
So much JS.
Accessible Theme Pattern Library Off and Running
Building this thing one brick at a time.
Zen and the Art of Wearable Markup
Worry less about devices.
A Text Playlist
A few of my favorite collections of words.
Accessibility APIs: A Key To Web Accessibility
The best magic show I know.
Gulp JS File for WordPress Themes
Make the robots do it.
Developers Should Design
Stretching your boundaries means growth.
A Skip Link Primer
Cities: Skylines Tips and Tricks from Skye Storme
One of my favorite Cities: Skylines streamers.
An Oral History of Larry Bird's 60-Point Game
It wasn't even one of Bird's favorite games.
Back to CrossFit
Oh deadlifts, I missed you.
The Web's Grain
If we look at the web as a material and not as a canvas, how do its affordances guide a designer’s hand?
Building a Strong Foundation with Keyboard Accessibility
It all starts with your keyboard.
In Florida, Officials Ban the Term 'Climate Change'
Not good, not good.
Accessibility as a Framework
Wait, this could be a good framework.
GitHub and Open Source Licenses
You can add licenses to your projects on GitHub more easily.
Before his Time: Harry T. Moore
Would you have the same courage?
AC/DC's Thunderstruck – Solo Acoustic Guitar Performance
One word: Whoa.
The Most Interesting Pitcher in Baseball
He lives in a van, and that's not the most interesting thing.
The Supreme Joy of Writing in the Open
Learn a bit here, and a bit there from many.
Accessibility Originates With UX: A BBC iPlayer Case Study
Design with choice in mind, and always give users control over the page.
Privacy is at a Crossroads
Which road will we take?
Reflecting on turning 36.
Riding a Bicycle to an Accessibility Conference
It's good to find your people.
Taking Control of Your Computing Life
Control is a good thing.
FCC Votes for Net Neutrality
Great news for the open web.
Improving Single Page App Accessibility
We can have the modern web and accessibility.
Apple, Standards and the Open Web
Why won't Apple play well with others?
Use the Same Technology Stephen Hawking Does
Another win for open source.
Design is Valued. Now What?
What's next for design in organizations?
Accessibility Is (Not) Scary
I wrote a blog post on accessibility for Digital Gov.
Minimalist Living, Starting Now
On to simple living.
Section 508 Update – Finally
Section 508, meet WCAG 2.0.
Flipboard and the Mobile Web Dream
Does mobile have to be like the web?
Google and Blogs: Uh Oh
Another apps vs. the web post.
Civilization, meet world.
The 5:01 Mile
It's the meaning of a tattoo I have.
Flipboard, React Canvas and Accessibility
Form over function wins again.
TDiv in Hawaii 2015
My first team meetup at Automattic in photos.
Up Your Theming Game by Reviewing Themes
Get better by reviewing other people's work.
The Meaning of Life
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the biggest question.
Interactive WCAG 2.0
Making WCAG a bit easier to digest.
WordPress Theme Pattern Library for Accessibility in Development
Making it easier to make accessible WordPress sites.
We Suck at HTTP
Let's talk about some of the inner workings of the web.
Work and Following Your Passion
Don't follow it, but bring it.
Accessibility Problems are Quality Problems
Accessibility is about quality.
My Habits for 2015
Laying out some goals for 2015.
New Holiday Traditions
Trying out something new with the family.
WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”
I contributed a few things to this release.
What I Learned Blogging 34 Straight Days
I've never blogged so much before.
New Theme: Twenty Fifteen
There's a new default WordPress theme.
Founders at Work: Steve Wozniak
A glimpse of the early days at Apple.
Testing Google's ReCaptcha
It shows some promise, but needs work.
On the Accessibility of Web Components – Again
Just how accessible are web components?
Batman: The Making of a Hero
One of my fvorite movies of all time.
Wake Up Excited
Embrace the process.
Don't Console Me
I'm oddicially a PC gamer now.
Featured in WebAIM November 2014 Newsletter
Accessibility Tunnel Vision featured in the WebAIM newsletter.
Welcome to A11y
If you're new to accessibility, we need you.
Better than the original?
Burnout in Free Software Communities
Focus, focus, focus.
Thirty-four straight days!
The Group That Rules the Web
Getting vs. doing.
Keep It Accessible and Responsive
The web was born responsive.
What exactly is hosting?
Happy Birthday Skye
My daughter is growing fast.
Accessibility in Your MVP
Find your free throws.
All Technology is Assistive
Accessibility is everywhere.
Chasing Relevancy at Any Cost
Lots of things are free these days.
Storytelling can fit into social media too. Here are three tips.
Hobbies and Screens
I need to get off these screens.
Fatherhood, Family and Work
Some things still haven't evolved.
TEDx Videos and Captions Make Life Delicious
More often than not, accessibility means independence.
Screen Reader Tips for Web Designers and Developers
Get started with a screen reader now.
CSS is 20
CSS is awesome.
Inspiration Porn and the Objectification of Disability
We all achieve the same way.
The Internet Arcade
Arcade games in the browser? Sold!
Accessibility Tunnel Vision
Let's work together to avoid this.
What’s Behind the Great Podcast Renaissance?
So many podcasts.
Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with these Accessibility Resources
Some of my favorite accessibility resources in a short list.
We have to keep our developer fitness level as high as we can.
Stop Breaking the Web
Let's talk about our decisions.
HTML5 is Official
It's officil, it's just part of HTML now.
Testing for Web Accessibility in 60 Seconds
New to accessibility with no time. No problem, this can help.
Blogging Every Day
Taking on a writing challenge.
The New Rules for Blogging
It's easier than you think.
Trying out a new WordPress theme on my site.
Good Coding Habits for Accessibility
Quality often comes down to habits.
An Open Letter to Apple Regarding Xcode's Accessibility
Xcode gets more accessible.
My Automattic Story: How I Got Here
How I landed at Automattic, and what I learned along the way.
SimCity Turns 25
My favorite video game reaches a milestone.
How's switching to WordPress.com a few weeks after the switch.
Reviewed Restricted Site Access for WordPress Plugin Review Day
It took too long to write my first review for a WordPress plugin.
Accessibility-Ready Intergalactic and Bosco Hit WordPress.com
More accessible WordPress themes.
WebAIM to Release Chrome Extension of Wave
Nice to see one of my favorite add-ons/extensions hit Chrome.
Oneforone: Who Would You Add?
Who inspires you?
The Tilde Club
We need more weird ideas out there.
Accessible WordPress with Joe O’Connor
Good to see WordPress accessibility getting some attention.
Relaunching The Early Web
It all started here.
Saturday Morning Cartoons are No More
Going to miss the old way.
Zeldman using one of the default WordPress themes.
Your Life Purpose
It's more about taking action than anything.
WebAxe Podcast 100: Joe and Joseph on WordPress Accessibility
Accessibility in WordPress gets some much deserved attention.
Featured in WebAIM September 2014 Newsletter
One of my blog posts was featured in one of my favorite places on the web.
Moved to WordPress.com
Moving house around here.
What I Make is Caring About Accessibility
Putting a different spin on maker.
John Oliver vs Miss America
Investigative journalism and satire in one go.
An Accessible Web
What an accessible web really means.
First Grand Meetup
My first Automattic Grand Meetup, in photos.
Icon Font Text Alternatives: Don't Forget Them
A tip when using font icons.
Automatic Grand Meetup 2014
My first Automattic Grand Meetup.
Oh, space history, one of my favorite things!
A Workflow for Testing Web Accessibility with Free Tools
How I test for accessibility with free tools.
Whether tiy support accessibility really is that simple.
Now is the Perfect Time
How making things accessible can lead to breakthroughs.
Landed a dream job.
The Personal Blog
Blogging can foster conversation.
Markup in the wild is… bad.
Tinkering with taking control of all the things.
Speaking at Code(Her) 2014
Time to teach testing for accessibility.
Constant, Intelligent Pressure
Some advice that has served me well.
The Internet's Original Sin
Has to be something better than ads on the web.
Styling without classes? What?
The Once and Future IndieWeb
The siloed web has set a trap for us.
Microsoft's First Web Page
One web page can teach us a lot.
Living in a Developer's Utopia
Living the good life.
Why the Web is Dead
Maybe apps are all hype?
Accessible Zen on ProfHacker
Accessible Zen featured on an education blog.
TinyLetter and a Big Win
One fix at a time.
Weird Al Yankovic On Parody In the Age Of YouTube
It's a free for all on YouTube.
Being a Dad
Figuring out dad life.
First Multi-file WordPress Core Patch
My first big patch for WordPress=
Giving this blog a proper introduction.
It's Node vs. JS, ya'll.
Lessons from Building an Accessible WordPress Theme
A summary of a talk I gave at WordCamp Lancaster in 2014.
Accessible Zen: Now in French
The first translation of my WordPress theme into a different language.
WordPress as a User
Trying to take a different approach with some recent WordPress sites.
Revitalized CSS Zen Garden
You can still learn a lot from this new zen garden.
Strong opinion here.
Recent Accessible Zen Updates
Some minor updates to Accessible Zen.
Where Automated Accessibility Testing Meets WordPress and Drupal
All about automated testing, accessibility and how the Drupal and WordPress Accessibility teams are collaborating.
Logged into WordPress; Saw This
My first code contribution to WordPress Core.
WordCamp Lancaster 2014 Talk
My first WordCamp, both as an attendee and speaker.
WordCamp Lancaster 2014
WordCamp No. 1.
Accessibility, Meet Facebook
Some big technical challenges for accessibility.
What Should Twenty Fifteen Look Like?
Thinking about the next default WordPress theme.
Accessible Zen Reaches 1.1
Another release of Accessible Zen.
The Changing Web
The web always changes.
Some goals for 2014.
Issue No. 300
Diving into open source.
Need a Menu on Top in Accessible Zen?
A new feature for Accessible Zen.
Updates to Accessible Zen Since 1.0
More updates to Accessible Zen.
Accessibility Camp DC 2013 Talk
Time to share some of what I learned.
Accessible Zen Hits 1.0
Accessible Zen Reaches Beta
Getting better with each release.
What Really Happened to the News?
Storytelling about storytelling.
Accessible Zen: Version 0.1-alpha-4 Available
Another release on Accessible Zen.
Accessibility is War and How to Win It
How to be an accessibility champion from within.
From Developer to Manager
How do you know when to make a transition?
Hacking, Creating and Encouragement
Keep on keeping on.
The Story of Batman's Secret Creator
Who really created Batman?
Why Accessibility Matters
Short answer: Accessibility helps everyone.
Quick Wins for Accessible WordPress Themes
The basis for a lightning talk on accessible WordPress theming.
Accessible Zen: Version 0.1-alpha-3 Available
Designing and bug fixing on Accessible Zen.
Hello Accessible Zen
It's only right that I use the theme I made.
Combat Image Attachment Spam in WordPress
A hopefully handy tip for imge-heavy sites.
Introducing Accessible Zen: An Accessible WordPress Theme
I made a publicly available WordPress theme.
Moving to WordPress.com?
Thinking of making a big hosting move.
WordPress has helped me in big ways.
Blogs Still Matter – When It's You
They carry more weight when they're your own.
So Long Gmail
Let's see how this goes.
New Paying for College Launched
My first launch for the U.S. government.
Hello CrossFit, It's Been One Year
Doing this CrossFit thing for awhile.
Idea Box: My First Open Source Project with the CFPB
An app to take your ideas, of course.
A post on my birthday about the last year.
Learn More About Web Accessibility
Follow some good folks in the accessibility field via this Twitter list.
A 2013 WordPress Default Theme Pitch
Thoughts on the Twenty Thirteen default WordPress theme and accessibility.
Time for a new professional challenge.
Blogging Isn't Dead
Blogging is all about ownership.
Be a Better FED in 2013
Talks to help you grow as a front ender.
Progress in WordPress Accessibility
Lots of great effort happening in the accessibility space in WordPress.
Cities Made the Latest WebAxe Podcast
Building accessible WordPress themes gains some momentum.
Meet the Obama Campaign's Fundraising Platform
Joining the Cities Project
We need more accessible WordPress themes.
New Look, Same Feel
Another new site design.
Beta USA Today Site Truly Different
The new USA Today redesign looks cool.
New RSS Feed Address
It's all about my own URLs.
What Do You Need in an Accessible WordPress Theme?
I'm making an accessible WordPress theme.
The Why of WordPress Themes
When to use different types of themes in WordPress.
Create Once Publish Selectively in Content Strategy
One simple approach to content strategy.
The Battle for the Web
Modernizr and Feature Detection
Support it when it's there.
Seth Godin on Blogging
Great writing tips.
The New Autism Numbers: Why They Matter
Some stats on autism numbers in the United States.
A few good thoughts on a direction fot this wide, complex field.
Apps vs. The Web
Google Search Meeting
I'm feeling lucky.
You Don't Need a Native Mobile App
Mobile apps need more thinking.
Twenty Twelve Theme Release
The latest theme release for WordPress got delayed.
CSS Tricks CSS Almanac
Excuse me while I nerd out about CSS.
Writing Stories and Code
They're very similar.
Open Source Goodness
One Month with the Kindle Fire
What's the Kindle Fire like? Solid.
Content Strategy and Responsive Design
Two of my most favorite subjects.
Social Media as Resistance
This social media stuff might be bad for actually getting work done.
Sometimes WordPress Isn't the Right Choice
Of course this is a possible decision.
Help Stop SOPA and PIPA
This could be bad.
Us as Media Channels
Attention is money.
WordPress Plugin Created by 10-Year-Old
It's good to start young!
Five Takeaways from Reading Steve Jobs
A few thoughts on the biography of Steve Jobs.
The Secret is There is No Social Media
Social media is just the regular web.
Next Year, More Goals
What Would You Learn on a Crashing Plane?
You don't have much time, only the important stuff.
Web Governance and Change
The web needs more than technical skills.
Blog Categories and Tags: How To and What For
Some guidance for organizing blog posts.
Dead Blogs, Blogging and Getting Better
Talking about my too many blogs.
Social Media Profiles and Choices
Social media has too many choices for sure.
WordPress vs. Drupal – Matt and Dries Talk Open Source
The leaders of WordPress and Drupal chat.
Create an On Deck Circle for Social Media
Using Google Reader to find links for social sharing.
Social Networking and Competition
I'm wondering if competition will help social media?
WordPress vs. Tumblr vs. Posterous
A comparison of the three blogging platforms.
Facebook Changes and Nonprofits
What managing social media on Facebook might mean for your organization, thanks to recent changes.
Accessibility: Why it Matters
The slides for a presentation I gave on why accessibility is important.
Steve Jobs on Content and Technology
Content and technology need to come together.
Basetrack.org – A True Inspiration
Using WordPress during wartime.
Social Media: 25 Posts You Should Read
Some useful posts about social media.
Disasters, Twitter and Social Media
Participating in a newsy event on Twitter is a bit surreal.
Steve Jobs Retires
A few thoughts on Jobs, and his legacy.
Defending the Web Generalist
I'm definitely biased here because I'm a generalist.
Thoughts on Google Plus
Wonder if this Google Plus thing will work?
Music, CDs, Spotify and Valuable Content
Trying out this Spotify thing.
Marc Andreessen on Why Coders Hate Dressing Up
Maybe about the psycology of fashion?
Scorching the Earth – for Orgs
Blowing up a few blogs for another.
WordPress Posts vs. Pages: When and Why?
It's something something that trips up a lot of people new to WordPress.
Six Things I've Learned and/or Relearned Since Grad School
Grad school didn't mean the end to learning, of course.
A Complete Publishing System with WordPress
WordPress + Google Docs makes it more complete.
WordPress Sitemap with Custom Post Types
Let's make a sitemap with a bit of PHP.
Accessibility is Not a Checklist
There's more to accessibility than a list of standards.
The Web Can Cost a Little Bit
I'm cool with paying for web services. No, really, I am.
Just why do brands send people to Facebook?
Being Social Needs Real People
Let's see if people like people behind social media accounts?
Anyone Can Work with WordPress
A tutorial on building a theme in WordPress.
A Creative Way to Use Delicious
One interesting way to use a bookmarking service for not bookmarking.
Five Reasons Nonprofits Should Use WordPress
Low cost isn't the only reason.
Seven Things I Learned at Access U 2011
Where I begin my journey into web accessibility.
DK WordPress Theme 3.0
My latest site redesign, using a WordPress child theme.
Creating Content: Finding It Around Every Corner
A presentation about content creation for WordPress DC.
Is the Future of the Web Social?
If the future of the web is social, it can go go or bad.
Extending WordPress Beyond
A link post all about smarter development with WordPress.
Signal Austin Conversation with Matt Mullenweg
A link post to an interview about how blogging isn't dead.
New Year, New Goals
Some goals for the new year.
Some students critiqued my website. Feedback is awesome.
Social Media: What's on the Menu?
I took part in a panrl about social media in the nonprofit space.
Managing Tasks, Web Projects and Remembering the Milk
A bit about how I'm using Remember the Milk productivity app.
Sometimes You Just Have to Run the Race
I'm joining The Arc of the United States, working on its website.
Three Ways to Always Learn in the Digital World
Some tips on learning always and fast in a changing field.
My Reasons for a Social Media Shuffle
I recently purged a lot of my social media profiles, circa 2010.
To Like? That is the Facebook Question
What makes you like a page on Facebook? This is how I see it.
Here's My Media Diet
A bit about what I'm reading, watching, listening to, etc.
Journalism Lives just Launched
I launched a new blog about interactivity and the news industry.
When's the Last Time You Pumped Up Your Creativity?
A few thoughts on how to nurture your creativity.
Posterous vs. Tumblr: How to Decide in Three Steps
Some advantages and disadvantages for the popular blogging services.
The Newspaper of the Future
The app for Apollo News looks cool.
The Most Important Takeaway from the Fake BP PR Twitter Account?
One of the first popular parody social media accounts sets a standard.
31 Resources for Powering a Website with WordPress
Some things you might find handy if you use WordPress on your website.
The Most Important Ingredient to any Interactive Media Project
You have to take people on an adventure.
To Use WordPress, or to Not Use WordPress
Should you use WordPress? This post helps you decide.
Welcome to a Brand New Site
Some details into a new site design for davidakennedy.com, circa 2010.
Five Online Tools You Should Use
A few of my favorite online tools, circa 2010.
10 Awesome Resources for Learning Web Standards
Learn about web standards with this list of my favorites.
How Should You Go About Managing Creative People?
Managing people almost always comes with new and unique challenges every day.
How the FCC/Comcast Decision Could Hurt Storytelling
What if the FCC can't expand open Internet access?
A Quick Search Engine Marketing Analysis: Back On My Feet
How Does an Engagement Editor Engage?
Just what would an engagement editor do?
A Few More Predictions for the iPad
Some maybe, not-so-true predictions for the iPad.
Three Awesome Examples of Interactive Media Stories
A few of my favorite examples of interactive media stories.
Why the iPad could Cripple the Internet and Newspapers
If the iPad fosters a closed system, could that be bad for the Internet and publishers?
The Ultimate Blogging Resource List
A good, old-fashioned list of links to help you get going with blogging.
My Favorite New Social Media Tool
Why I liked Hootsuite for managing social media.
The Print vs. New Media Debate
Maybe it's newspapers vs. cell phones.
Could a New Media Education Mean Better Communication Online?
On the Internet, anyone can express their voice to millions of potential users, readers and listeners. Or can they?
7 Free Tools for Creating Multimedia Websites
Some of my favorite tools for creating websites.
Code and Design
It's good to be a bit left brained and right brained.
Does Google Help or Hurt Traditional Media?
It's complicated, but Google will continue to push back on traditional media.
How to Use Social Media to Tell Your Story
Storytelling can fit into social media too. Here are three tips.
What You Can Learn About Web Design and Storytelling from eBay
Every website tells a story, even eBay's site.
Do People Really Care About Journalism's Struggles?
No, not really and here's why.
Can Multimedia Save Journalism?
What multimedia can offer journalism.
Three Ways Social Media and Storytelling are Alike
Social media and story telling have more in common than you might think.
Why Every Story Needs a Revision
Revise your work, then do it again.
The Most Important Connection You'll Make
Connect with your audience when using digital media, like it's the most important thing you'll do.
My Three Favorite Viral Videos
Some favorite viral videos.
How to Finish Your Storytelling Project
Some tips on how to finish a creative project when the fuel runs low.
How would you define interactivity?
Can You Have Too Much Media in a Project?
Here's why you can't have too much material when telling stories.
Why Chaos Can Make a Storytelling Project Work
Learn how to harness uncertainty when working on a big project.
Going with the Flow on a Storytelling Project
Learn how to thrive on any big project by going with the flow.
The Strategy for a Storytelling Project with Unknowns
Sometimes the unknowns of a project can help you make it great.
Planning a Big Storytelling Project - Have an Eye on the Story
A post about project management and planning a bit project – as part of Elon's iMedia program.
Create a Digital Story – A Flash Tutorial
A Flash project about creating a digital story.
What if Newspaper Home Pages were like iGoogle?
A prototype for the Knight News Challenge about newspapers and iGoogle.
The Most Important Non-Digital Tool for Any Creative
A simple notebook may be the thing that keeps you sane in a crowded digital world.
Five Tips on Producing Award-Winning Multimedia Content
Michael Radutzky on five ways to produce award-winning content.
Mark Luckie on Three Great Ways to Stand Out Online
Journalist Mark Luckie shares three ways to stand out online.
Seven Amazing Digital Storytelling Websites
Sharing some of my favorite digital storytelling websites.