October 2006 Archive

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October 24, 2006

Web Accessibility Google

@ 6:42 PM

Google have launched customised search engines via Google Co-op, a new (beta of course) corner of the Google empire.

It's a potentially powerful tool. Here's a quick web acessibility search engine I setup to test it:

It's restricting searches to just 4 domains, and yet produces pretty decent results for any accessibility issue you care to throw at it. With a bit of time, care and attention it's going to be possible to create fantastically targetted search engines. Even better there's a community element, since anyone can suggest sites to add to the search engine, and if the engine owner deems them suitable they can be easily added.

Throw some accessibility-related terms at it and see how it fares. And if you've got suggestions for sites to add to the list just follow the 'Volunteer to contribute to this search engine' link (if you've got a Google account) and do your stuff.

You can also access this engine at its homepage.

October 21, 2006

Revish blog

@ 12:19 PM

Just a quick note to say that the Revish blog is now online.

I'll be posting very occasionally here about Revish, but for the detailed low-down on the site please head over to blog.revish.com (External link).

October 15, 2006

Announcing revish

@ 8:54 PM

revish - read, review, share (external link)As hinted at recently, I'm currently working on a new book-related website as a purely personal project. It's only been in development for a week or two, but the idea has been around since this year's @media, after a particularly good discussion over pizza with Blair (external link), Jim (external link) and Karl (external link), and I've been making notes and spending a good bit of time doing research and refining the idea ever since.

It's now got a name, revish, and a fairly stable planned feature set. It's going to be launched in two parts - part one in early 2007 will be a fully-featured review site. Anyone who wants to can sign up as a reviewer and give the world their opinion on their favourite (and not so favourite) books. Without giving too much away there's a lot more to it than that, and I'm hoping that people will get value from signing up even if they aren't going to post reviews themselves. Part two is still under wraps.

It's been really nice working on something totally unrelated to my day job, or web accessibility, dipping my toes into APIs (using and writing), XML (PHP 5 rocks) and DOM Scripting. I'm not going to post much more about it here - there will be a dedicated revish development blog launched in the next few weeks where I'll post a lot of technical detail and an insight into some design decisions - so if you're interested in learning more, staying up to date with progress and having the opportunity to help out with testing, please register your interest at the revish site (external link).