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Jim Byrne Accessible Website Design Glasgow for The Third Sector, Voluntary, Charities and Not for Profits

Accessible design for the Third Sector
Creating inclusive websites since 1996
Jim Byrne Web Designer

About Jim Byrne Accessible Website Design Specialist

Jim Byrne Accessible Website Design Specialist

  • Started The Making Connections Unit in 1996: one of the Uk’s first web accessibility consultancies.
  • Started the website development business, ‘Accessible Website Design Glasgow’ in 2005.
  • An award winning web developer (Global Bangemann Award 1999, Breakthrough Award for LCiL).
  • Web design and web application development (VLE’s, mobile and tablet apps, database development), website accessibility auditing, Website accessibility training.
  • Author of 6 website development books and numerous online and offline training courses.
  • A member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
  • A founding member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS): a world-wide association of organisations and accessible web designers and developers set up in 2003.
  • Contact Jim Byrne
  • Tel: 07810 098119

Publications by Jim Byrne

Photo: Twitter for Voluntary, Charities and non-profits.Twitter for charities, non profits and the voluntary sector.

Making Website Accessible published by SAIF

60 Accessible Web Design tips

Developing a passion for accessible website design

Jim started his working life as a computer programmer in 1979 using ‘miniframe’ computers that had LP (long player record) sized ‘not very floppy disks’. The disks needed to be screwed into a large cabinet that looks like a top-loading washing machine.

He is one of the few people who has been around long enough to have done every task related to web design: installed, configured and managed operating systems (Linux, Apple and Windows), installed a web server and all the required software, (e.g. Apache, Perl, PHP), wrote the required ‘cgi’ scripts, designed the web pages, hand coded the HTML and designed and coded one of the world’s first content management systems.

In 1990 as a ‘mature’ student at Glasgow Caledonian University he was shown Tim Berners Lee’s first website by lecturers David Donald and John Culbert; it didn’t look like much (just text with links) but it did look like the future. He also embarrassed himself by being tongue tied when he met Tim Berners Lee at a conference in London after shouting him over with the words, ‘hey Tim!’.

Jim is also an experienced trainer and a former Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the mid 90’s he worked as a Trainer with The Wellbeing Initiative; an organisation set up to help disabled people get back into work. It was while working with The Wellbeing Initiative that he became aware of the extent to which disabled people were being discriminated against. This had an impact on the work he has done since; directly leading to the setting up one of the UK’s first website accessibility consultants and the setting up of The Guild of Accessible Website Designers.

Web Developer

  • Web designer/developer and accessible web design consultant since 1996. Apart from technical skills he has an artistic sensibility (in his spare time he is a musician, songwriter and performer and attended Glasgow School of Art as a teenager) so he brings creativity and sense of aesthetics to every project.

Publications

Awards

  • Identified as one of Scotland’s ‘movers and shakers in e-commerce in Scotland’ for work in the area of Web accessibility (NB Magazine, 2001).
  • Developer of the award winning not-for-profit project, The Making Connections Unit (MCU). The MCU won an award in the equal access category of the Global Bangemann Award; a challenge by the City of Stockholm for cities of the world to show their finest information technology projects.The award was presented by the King of Sweden.

Music and song

  • In his ‘spare time’ he is a songwriter and musician playing folk, country and blues influenced acoustic music. He has co-written songs with Marti Pellow (he co-wrote ‘Lay With Me’ on the Boulevard of Life album) and Jazz singer Carol Kidd and has released three solo albums. A song from his second album was number 1 on the UK Reverbnation Americana Chart. His songs are played regularly on radio and one was added by Mark Lamarr to ‘God’s Jukebox’ on Radio 2.

Contact us today. We are hugely experienced award winning web designers and developers. Please read what our clients are saying about how we helped them meet their aims.

Or phone to talk over your ideas: 0141 576 9446.

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