“Is it time to take mashups and use them to solve real issues?” asks Christian Heilmann on his blog today and imho hits the nail on the head more than once:
Far too many people just create mashups for the sake of putting some information together or prove a technical concept but I just couldn’t see the use of what was produced
I was also bored with the accessibility movement on the web. Instead of concentrating on solutions for people we ran in circles demanding technical solutions or implementation of standards that don’t make much sense in the real world. It was much more important to be compliant with something than to really deliver for the people who needed us to remove barriers for them.
As someone with an interest in accessibility and a marginal understanding of/yet interest in uber-geekiness I also feel both movements (if you want to call them that) tend to get carried away either with a very rigid view on standards/legislation on one hand or technical wizzardry just for the sake of it on the other.
See Christian’s presentation/proposal on how to make use of mashups for accessibility etc. held at the recent BarCamp in London on slideshare below: