Patrick H. Lauke currently works as Web Editor for the University of Salford (www.salford.co.uk), where he heads a small, central web team, which provides development, training, and advice to departmental web authors across the institution. In 2003, he implemented one of the first web-standards based, XHTML/CSS-driven UK university sites.
Patrick has been engaged in the discourse on accessibility since early 2001, regularly contributing to a variety of web development and accessibility-related mailing lists and forums, taking an active role in the running of Accessify.com (www.accessify.com), moderating the Accessify forum (www.accessifyforum.com), and joining the Web Standards Project Accessibility Task Force (WaSP ATF) (www.webstandards.org) in June 2005. In his spare time, Patrick pursues his passion for photography and runs a small web/design consultancy (www.splintered.co.uk).
With two years of Computer Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, followed by a switch to a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Creative Technology at the University of Salford, Patrick's background spans both technical and creative disciplines, which he feels are essential for a holistic approach to web design and development.
An outspoken accessibility and standards advocate (although he has been called an evangelist, with only slight negative connotations, by some of his colleagues), Patrick favors a pragmatic hands-on approach to web accessibility over purely theoretical, high-level discussions.
I'm an idealist by nature, but a pragmatist by trade. I'd never class myself as an expert, and I certainly don't have all the answers...I'm just an opinionated guy eager to find real-world solutions where the rubber meets the road.
Books from Patrick
- Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance (Author)
- From Friends of Ed, released July 24th, 2006
- The power of the Web lies in the fact that anyone and everyone can access it, and this should also extend to users with disabilities. Accessibility is about making websites accessible to those with aural, visual, or physical disabilities, or rather, constructing...