Patrick H. Lauke
Patrick H. Lauke works as the web editor for the University of Salford in Manchester, U.K., where he heads a small central web team which provides development, training and advice to departmental web authors across the institution. In 2003, he implemented one of the first web standards-based XHTML/CSS-driven U.K. university sites. He has been engaged in the discourse on accessibility since early 2001, regularly contributing to a variety of web development and accessibility related mailing lists and forums, taking an active role in the running of Accessify.com and moderating the Accessify forum, and joining the Web Standards Project Accessibility Task Force (WaSP ATF) in June 2005. In his spare time, Patrick pursues his passion for photography and runs a small web/design consultancy, splintered.co.uk. With two years of computer science studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, followed by a switch to a bachelor's degree in graphic design and a master's in creative technology at the University of Salford, Patrick's background spans both technical and creative disciplines, which he feels are essential for a holistic approach to web design and development. An outspoken accessibility and standards advocate (although he's been called an "evangelist," with only slight negative connotations, by some of his colleagues), Patrick favours a pragmatic hands-on approach to Web accessibility over purely theoretical, high-level discussions.