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webSemantics - work, you're welcome to it

Hi, I'm Mike Foskett and welcome to my "work" web site. The key to a high-performance web site is to focus on improving front-end performance and that, as a front-end UI engineer, is pretty much what I do.

A good example of my work would be the Tesco homepage which is built to be fast, usable, accessible and very SEO friendly.

My purpose here is to supply help, guidance and small code snippets relating to front-end development issues. Hopefully to gain further employment as an accessible, web standards developer with a high degree of experience in optimisation, accessibility, (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax and a little jQuery. See Services if you're interested. My main aims are to:

  • Create engaging web solutions, which are fast, robust, rich and usable, to demonstrate accessible sites do not have to be dull or slow.
  • Encourage developers into adopting web standards, developing strategies to ensure a greater compliance with accessible design guidelines and understand the criteria for quick loading web sites.
  • Direct visitors to information and resources on web development.
  • Influence policy within organisations to positively effect web accessibility across the public and private sector.
  • Educate and inform managers and programmers of the benefits that optimised accessible developments bring to organisations.

Almost new

The site is now in it's eighth year and it's second redevelopment. New resources are added on an ad hoc basis. Many techniques demonstrated here may be found useful to developers.

  1. A simple folding FAQ 22nd April 2012
  2. Accessible modal pop-up windows using only CSS 17th July 2012
  3. Accessible tab navigation 31st January 2012

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A few online tools I've created to ease my day to day employment:

From the archive

There is an old (2004) online accessibility workshop aimed at beginners but may be found useful if you are training developers or managers in priority one accessibility. It is still relevant as is the rather dry but comprehensive Accessible forms: Guidelines & manipulation.

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