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08.31.2005 - Unobtrusive Behavior Layer

As mentioned in my last update, I was putting together a presentation for developers at work on "The Unobtrusive Behavior Layer". It went relatively well, I think, and I've taken the audio and over-layed it with screen shots of the presentation in .mov format - you might need Quicktime 7 if you are inclined to watch it.

Note that this is the first presentation/public speaking engagement I've ever done, so forgive any amateurish trip-ups I make. I took the liberty of editing out some of the more awkward pauses that occurred when I forgot what the hell I was talking about.

Lots of folks at work have since approached me with questions about best practices on javascript coding, so I guess I didn't screw it up too badly. :)

Glad to hear that WSAG is still going! This is a really important topic, and I'm glad that Kevin or someone wrangled you into presenting it. I hope all of the developers and engineers attended and understood! I guess I don't have to point out how much AOL's products could benefit from use of this technique. ;)

Oh, I didn't have QT7, but I could still listen to the audio. Thanks for posting this!
Posted by Kimberly on September 1, 2005 @ 12:23 am


I came across your presentation via the domscripting blog and even though i was already familiar with the concept i thought this was a very valuable presentation. It covered the topic very well. I'll be passing this along, to raise awareness to the accessibility issues when messing with Javascript... specially when there's such a hype around Ajax people will sometimes overlook accessibility.
Posted by andr3 on September 4, 2005 @ 4:54 pm
@Kimberly - I'll have you know I volunteered with no arm twisting whatsoever :)

@andr3 - Thanks! I'm glad you've found it useful!
Posted by Steve on September 4, 2005 @ 8:48 pm


Steve, it really is a great presentation. In fact, I think you've got a talent for public speaking (you've certainly got a talent for succinct and clear explanation).

You're going to be coming to SxSW again in 2006, right? Why not get in touch with Hugh Forrest and put yourself forward as a speaker. The folks at SxSW actively encourage first-time speakers. What have you got to lose?
Posted by Jeremy Keith on September 6, 2005 @ 1:43 pm


Thanks Jeremy, I appreciate that, really. I've briefly entertained the notion of presenting at SxSW, but I'm not so certain my nerves could handle something of that magnitude. Then again, if this year is anything like last, I'd probably still be a little drunk in the morning, so it wouldnt matter :)
Posted by Steve on September 6, 2005 @ 2:28 pm
Thanks Steve for putting it up. I am going to listen to it now.
Posted by Sudar on September 10, 2005 @ 12:50 pm
You did a great job !!
Posted by Ashley Bowers on November 24, 2005 @ 12:24 am

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