The success of a conference these days seem to be dependent on two things: the passion of the organizers and if it manages to focus on the subject. The first Full Frontal conference in Brighton, England had both of these and therefore turned out to be a massive success.
Peter-Paul Koch on The Mobile Web
Todd Kloots on More accessible user interfaces with ARIA
Todd is a member of the YUI team and our resident expert on ARIA. The talk - again live blogged - gave an introduction to the concepts of ARIA as a way to make our rich interaction applications accessible to assistive technology and showed techniques how to make widgets keyboard accessible. Todd has in-depth knowledge and great practical tips on the subject but sadly enough ran out of time with his talk before he managed to hammer the message home that our main job is to make our systems accessible but also make people aware of the improvements we added. A lot of the lack of evolution in accessibility is because end users have been disappointed so many times that they don't expect an easier way to be available. Todd had given the talk a day before at the YDN Tuesday and the video should be available soon.
Jake Archibald on Optimising where it hurts
All in all I am very happy that Julie told Remy to "stop complaining and just do it" as the conference was a massive success. The location probably had the most comfortable seats ever at a conference, the PA system was exactly what we needed, the temperature was adequate, and there was coffee and tea. Lunch was not provided and there was no (stable) wireless which kept the price of the conference down. Brighton is full of great and (compared to London) cheap restaurants and finding lunch with a small group of people you wanted to chat with was very easy. As Remy managed to sell out the conference, not only did he organise an after party at a sea-side bar, but also managed to cover the first two rounds. All in all, it was a great experience and I'll be happy to come back next year.
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