- Computer Workstation Ergonomics: Self-Assessment Checklist (.pdf) A simple self-assessment of your own workplace prepared by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Computer Workstation e-Tools Evaluation Checklist. This e-tool is a checklist for assessing your workstation environment with links to examples and guidlines for purchasing equipment to ensure a comfortable work area. By the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U. S. Department of Labor. New
- Office ergonomics: Self assessment worksheet (.pdf) provided by Oregon State University. New
- 6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users Web accessibility doesn't only extend to color blind users, but dyslexic users too.
- AbilityNet is a UK charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the Internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.
- Accessible Techcomm All about accessibility and technical communication
- Accessify tools, wizards, articles and tutorials on Web Accessibility for the conscientious web developer
- Accessible Web Design online course offered by the International Webmasters Association
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- Recent Articles from the Nielsen Norman Group World Leaders in Research-Based User Experience
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- “ALPHABET SOUP: A web designer's journey to standards and accessibility by Randal Rust
- Apple® Accessibility Features Vision built into all Macintosh computers provides adjustable keyboard, an ergonomic mouse, CloseView screen magnification software, Easy Access system software (StickyKeys, SlowKeys, MouseKeys), electronic documentation, key-repeat disable, text-to-speech synthesis and voice recognition (PlainTalk), sticky mouse, and visual alert cues. The VoiceOver spoken English interface for Mac OS X is a fully integrated, built-in screen reader technology providing access to the Macintosh through speech, audible cues, and keyboard navigation.
- Apple Mac OS X Accessibility Features OS X brings universal accessibility to the fore and allows users plenty of scope for controlling the Mac's core applications.
- BBC: My Web, My Way [Archived site—no longer maintained.] aims to help people with the tools and understanding that will enable them to make the most of the world-wide web (not just bbc.co.uk), whatever their ability or disability. The site provides advice and help to all those people who would benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system, or computer to be able to view the Web in a more accessible way. The site is not only for those with disabilities (visual, hearing, motor, cognitive or learning impairments) but also, for example, for those people with minor vision impairments who would not consider themselves to have a disability. The site is maintained through a partnership between bbc.co.uk and AbilityNet, a leading UK computing and disability charity. It is based on AbilityNet's original "My Computer, My Way" site.
- Cognitive Disabilities Part 1: We Still Know Too Little, and We Do Even Less
- Cognitive Disabilities Part 2: Conceptualizing Design Considerations
- Creating accessible content: 10 tips for web writers. (.pdf) from 4Syallables.com
- "Seven Accessibility Mistakes, Part 1" by Christian Heilmann, published on January 31, 2006 Digital Web Magazine
- Seven Accessibility Mistakes, Part 2 by Christian Heilmann, published on February 6, 2006 in Digital Web Magazine
- CSS Zen Garden demonstrates the power and flexibility of CSS for formatting the visual presentation of web pages.
- Deque Systems accessibility products and services and a "Guide to Digital Accessibility"
- Designing with Web Standards the Daily Report from Jeffrey Zeldman, provides Web design news and information.
- Divya Manian Web Development archives of her writing from 2007 to 2013. Divya works at Apple as a Manager of Internet Technologies & Frameworks EPMs. She manages a team of project managers that drive projects in Internet Technologies & Frameworks org: UIKit, AppKit, Accessibility. Previously, she worked at Adobe as a Product Manager for Photoshop, working on better Export Options. She has been a contributor on HTML5 Please / HTML5 Boilerplate / W3Fools / Move the web forward.
- Enabling Accessibility in Flex applications [United Kingdom]
- Design Ergonomics at Loughborough University [United Kingdom]
Whatever your speciality in technical communication, Web development education can affect you in some way. The authoring tools you use will change. New areas like mobile technology will provide new career opportunities as services and products move from your desktop to your browser to your mobile phone to … who knows where?
There is a corner of W3C that is dedicated to maintaining some method to this madness. It's the Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group (OWEA XG) wiki. The OWEA has a charter, which states (in part)
The mission of the Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to help enhance and standardize the architecture of the World Wide Web by facilitating the highest quality standards and best practice based education for future generations of Web professionals through such activities as fostering open communication channels for knowledge transfer and curriculum sharing between corporate entities, educational institutions, Web professionals, and students.
Doesn't "open communication channels for knowledge transfer" just melt your technical communicator heart?
Whatever your interest in this endeavor, the list of current curricula for open Web education is a great place for you to start. Send your peers and especially your developer colleagues to that list of curricula.
By the way, those curricula also provide great opportunities for involvement, if you feel so inclined. WaSP Interact Curriculum , born at SXSW Interactive in April 2009, is one very exciting place to consider joining. This "living, open curriculum based upon web standards and best practices, designed to teach students the skills of the web professional" is a good place to start sharing your own knowledge – or building your skills.
You can bookmark these links for future reference, but you can also follow WaSP Interact on Twitter for the latest news on this topic.
Hot off the press (or Twitter, to be precise): Read Sitepoint's recent interview with Chris David Mills on the topic of Web education and curricula. It's also a nice introduction to Web development education.