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Published on by Hidde de Vries in personal

In June, I will start working at the W3C as a Web Front-end Accessibility Specialist in the WAI team. This also means I’m leaving Mozilla and the City of The Hague, where I currently contract. Goodbye is never easy, but I’m very excited for this next challenge.

With 1¾ years, my freelance contract at Mozilla is my longest since I started contracting. Being a contractor is never forever, but I’m still sad to leave. I learn a lot and feel I am able to contribute a lot, too. I like this balance. It is great to work with Mozilla’s Open Innovation team, and specifically the IAM Project. I feel at home. It is difficult, too, at times, as our team is distributed across the globe in an ever-changing organisation (some of that is fun, too).

The majority of my time in the last year was spent on a project codenamed DinoPark, where people can browse other people’s profiles and edit their own. This is currently in Staff-only beta. Technically it is a Vue-based front-end which talks to back-ends using GraphQL. It is even more exciting from a human perspective. It fits Mozilla’s Manifesto in many ways, for example in privacy (how it lets users control who can see their data), security (designed with security at the core) and accessibility (we tackled accessibility challenges early in the process). I like and very much align with the Mozilla stance in the web, which is well captured in the manifesto… this makes me want to continue my relationship with Mozilla as a contributor. I’m still figuring out where that could be (there’s some ideas).

I will also leave the City of The Hague, where I rewrote the existing front-end code into a component-based system, exposed as a pattern library. I also worked on the accessibility throughout this system and the web pages it powers. Working for the government is something I had wanted for a long time, because governments have lots of IT problems, and solving them right can provide incredible value to people’s lives.

I will certainly miss working with both of these teams.

But really, the web is not accessible enough, and I feel like I’ve developed a passion for helping people get it right. At work, but also through talks and workshops. I’m delighted that I’ll get to spend more time on accessibility work.

In the last 10 years, I was often the “accessibility person” on the team. In my role at W3C, I am excited to become a person who is part of an “accessibility team”. I’ll be a Web Front-end Accessibility Specialist, working on WAI-Guide, that’s mostly what I know and can share right now. I’m equally nervous and excited for what awaits me.

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Geffrey van der Bos replied:

Congratulations Hidde! I am very curious about DinoPark. Sounds somewhat like a 'more accessible' Indieweb. I will keep an eye on that. Tell us more when you can! And of course, enjoy your new position at W3C! You're a perfect fit! Cheers!

Roel Nieskens replied: Awesome! Congrats to the W3C on getting you on board!
HJ Chen @ replied: congratulations! you're such a good fit for this role
Rik Schennink replied: Congrats! ☀️
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Luc Princen replied: Awesome! Congrats!!
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Kilian Valkhof replied: nice, congrats!
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Koen Kivits replied: Awesome move, congrats!
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Jewwy Qadri replied: Wow, congrats. Very nice move.
Marcus Herrmann replied: If the W3C were a soccer club I would say: Great transfer! Congratulations!
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Stefan Judis replied: Very exciting! Congrats Hidde!
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Eric Eggert replied: Welcome to the team! @sabouzah will keep you busy!
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Jay Kid replied: That's so cool
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Ron Derksen replied: Congrats! Great move and the W3C will definitely benefit.
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Jon Pearse replied: Congrats, man! That’s awesome news!
Erik Kroes replied: Congratulations and I'm very curious to see where this will bring you!
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Bruce Lawson replied: Excellent news!good luck!
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Bernard Nijenhuis replied: Congrats!
Joshua Marshall replied: Congratulations, great news
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Hidde replied: thanks, Aga!
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Max Böck replied: that's huge - congratulations!
Robert replied: Congrats dude! Sounds like a perfect fit for you!
Ana Rodrigues replied: Great news! Congratulations
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Tim Severien replied: They're lucky to have you. Congrats!
Hidde replied: Dat vind ik ook, zin in!
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Hidde replied: Thanks, Eric! I think this might mean we'll get to hang out more :-)
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Marcus on a11y replied: A great win for the future of web accessibility. CONGRATS!
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CSS Basics replied: Naming things to improve accessibility, by @hdv hiddedevries.nl/en/blog/2019-0…
CSS Basics replied: Naming things to improve accessibility, by @hdv hiddedevries.nl/en/blog/2019-0…
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Damien Senger • hiwelo. replied: Hey @hdv & @ZoeBijl, I've a question for you: I am in a middle of a chat about accessible names for images. When reading this (w3.org/TR/html-aapi/#…) I have the feeling that an image w/ aria-label but w/o alt would be a valid way to provide a textual alternative. Any thoughts?
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