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March Be Responsive Meetup

For this meetup, we will be joined by 3 great speakers. They have done this talks before at 'Respond' by Web Directions in February this year, and this is a replay talk. For those of you who were not able to attend 'Respond', this is a great opportunity to listen and pick the brains of these great minds.


Adem Cifcioglu - What Responsive Web Design Can Learn From Accessibility Best Practice

Like responsive design, accessibility embraces flexibility. In this presentation Adem will discuss how adopting accessible and inclusive design practices can help produce more effective responsive designs.

Adem is a web accessibility specialist, web standards advocate and developer. He founded Recreate Web, a company providing accessible web design, development and accessibility consulting services, with the aim of helping to make the web accessible to all. To Adem, accessibility means providing universal, barrier-free and equal access to the web, and technology in general, for all users, regardless of ability, disability, browsing device or location.

Andrew Fisher - How Well Are You Delivering Your Experience? 
The web has always had fragmentation, though not on the scale we're seeing now with new devices - and that's before we consider hybrid-touch laptops, microscreen smart watches, gesture interfaces or displays the size of a wall. Testing all the user permutations of your application is becoming almost impossible, so how do you go about working out whether you're delivering a good experience or not?

In this session, we'll look at the use of responsive design oriented analytics coupled with a few statistical methods that will help determine how well you're delivering your experiences and highlighting the areas you need to focus on next in order to maintain a decent level of coverage.

Andrew Fisher plays at the intersection of the web, mobile tech, ubicomp and data.He does some real work too and has been involved with organisations globally since the dawn of the web creating digital solutions for brands including Nintendo, peoplesound, Sony, Cotton On, the Melbourne Cup and Optus. Andrew is the CTO for JBA, a data agency in Melbourne, Australia.

John Allsopp - Well, How Did We Get Here?
Many of us were not working on the Web when the ideas that underpin Responsive Web Design were born. John was. Indeed, his article from the year 2000, "A Dao of Web Design", a quote from which Ethan Marcotte begins his rightly famous article outlining (and naming) RWD called for designers to see the Web as new, more fluid medium, free from many of the constraints of the print world. In this presentation John looks back at the Web of the late 1990s, and asks what can we learn from those days, today.

With a background in computer science and mathematics, and a great deal of good fortune, John Allsopp’s life collided with the web in the early 1990s.

For nearly 20 years he has developed software for web developers, built web sites and applications, written books like Developing with Web Standards and the first ever book on Microformats, and written countless articles and tutorials for print and online publications.

In 2000, he wrote “A Dao of Web Design”, which over a decade later continues to be widely cited as the theoretical foundation for Responsive Web Design.


Group Discussion 
If we have time, we will continue with group discussion. Feel free to submit questions or discussion topic. You can do it either through twitter or leave a message here.

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  • Ben F.

    It was interesting to witness a few people hearing a screen reader get stuck on a bootstrap ui element for the first time. You can bang on about the importance of using semantic elements all you want, but nothing explains it better than actually hearing what happens when a screen reader runs into a <button> that's been hacked to look like a <select>

    March 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Agree. Is there a way we can get a recording of this? Would love to show others at work

      March 12, 2014

    • Ben F.

      Videos of the talks should go up in a little while, but if you're just looking for that audio of the screen reader, they're here http://www.recreatewe...­

      March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very insightful & inspiring. Definitely lots to take away to consider & chew on. Thanks for being responsive & helping us be more responsive!

    March 12, 2014

  • Laura

    Great meetup guys, loved all the speakers & the discussion afterwards :)

    March 12, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    It was a one of the best speakers line up we have had so far, and we were in one of the biggest room we can get until now. It was great that discussion time is very lively as well :). So sorry that the food and drink finished very quickly, we will increase that next month. As I've always mentioned, please let us know if you have any suggestions, constructive feedback, or ideas. And as usual we are always looking for speakers. So if you are interested to give a talk in the future, please contact us. Either tweet to us, or send email to [masked]

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    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Yuan W.

    New venue. Great speakers. Fun night!

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Rick G.

    A really superb session with three very insightful and informative presenters. It was great to have so many questions and subsequent discussions generated after the presentations and of course good to go down the pub afterwards!

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Max L.

    Look forward to it :) Envato seemed a good location ... and just when I'd sorted out where the parking was!

    March 5, 2014

    • Mathisha N.

      InterPark is located a short walk away at 717 bourke at docklands (according to google anyway)

      March 11, 2014

    • Max L.

      thanks guys ... but can't get in for tonight .. hopefully someone else can take my place. Enjoy everyone ;)

      March 11, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    Good news, we've got a venue for next month, and I've increased the RSVP limit to 100. It's NAB building located at Level 3, 700 Bourke St.

    March 6, 2014

    • Andrea B.

      Great! Looking forward to it!

      March 7, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    Hi everyone, sorry that we haven't announce the venue yet. We will announce the venue by Thursday. We are still in discussion for the possibility of using 2 venues. And both of them are in the city area. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    March 4, 2014

  • Zendy W.

    Hi everyone, has been under DDoS attack for the last few days. The service is up and down intermittently..will try to updates more detail about the next meetup here, but just in case is down again, please check our website. We will update all the details there. We will tweet out updates in from our twitter as well. Our twitter handle is @beresponsiveio.

    March 3, 2014

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