Katie Cunningham is a Python and Django developer for Cox Media Group
by day, and is currently writing a book on 508 compliance and
accessibility by night. While she had always had an interest in programming, it didn't turn
into a career until she started to work at NASA. There, she slowly
transitioned from gathering requirements to developing full time,
advocating the use of more open source in the government sector.
It was at NASA that she gained an interest in 508 compliance. At
first, she was only interested in getting her applications through QA
faster. Over time, however, she gained a passion for a web that was
easy for everyone to use. Now in the private sector, she is
championing compliance even for websites that don't require it by law.
She currently lives just outside of Washington, DC with her husband and
Every time I give a talk about making accessible websites, I get the following question: “What checklist do you use to make sure a site is accessible?” My response always surprises them: “I don’t use a list.” Why not? There … read more
Ever since PyCon 2013, the interest in the Young Coders class has been intensifying. Practically every Python conference since then has asked about doing one, and several have run their own. Classes outside of conferences have sprung up, as well, … read more
I freaking hate wikis.
Note that I’m not talking about things like Wikipedia or Bulbapedia (my two favorite wikis). Those are maintained by fanatics and are generally up to date. As long as you’re not on a controversial article, you’re probably safe to show it to someone to prove that they’re… read more
I spend much of my time in the OS community teaching. I teach kids, I teach beginners, I introduce experts to new concepts. At nearly every conference, I will at least attempt to teach a class. I love teaching, and I also try to talk others into teaching as well.
There’s… read more
I recently bucked my usual trend and decided to buy myself a Galago UltraPro from System76. Normally, I wait a few iterations to get something new, from phones to gaming systems. By the time I get my hands on one, I’ve read dozens of reviews, watched the bug reports, and… read more
This year, I did something different for NaNoWriMo. I realized on October 31st that I wasn’t going to have an idea for a story this year, and that I didn’t want to work on something that I’d already started. So I decided to do something completely different: 50,000 words of… read more
Oh, it's that wonderful time of year again, when you realize that November is just around the corner, and you have no clue what you're going to do for Nanowrimo.
For the uninitiated, Nanowrimo is a yearly event where you write a novel in 30 days. You start on November 1… read more
I’m notorious for telling people, in the same breath, that they should totally write a book and that it will be the worst thing they ever do to themselves. I play it off as a joke. Yeah, I’m like the drug addict who gets all her friends addicted so we… read more
I’m of the opinion that there will never be enough articles about doing alt text correctly. I’m of that opinion because I see it done wrong so very much.
That’s because there’s some rather damaging myths about how you do alt text. Let’s knock some of those down now.
You cannot automatically… read more
Recently, Pearson/InformIT reached out to its authors and asked us what advice we give to beginning developers. Here's my contribution! Several times a year, I teach groups of people how to program in Python. These are absolute beginners. Many times, the first time they opened up their terminal or command… read more
Webcast: Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites December 07, 2012
Several audiences have difficulty using today's complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. In this webcast, Katie Cunningham, author of the Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant...