Léonie Watson, Communications Director and Principal Engineer at The Paciello Group and Patrick Lauke, Accessibility Consultant at The Paciello Group.
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Léonie (AKA Tink) began using the internet in 1993, turned it into a web design career in 1997, and (despite losing her eyesight along the way) has been enjoying herself thoroughly ever since.
Léonie is Communications director and Principal Engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), and also works with Government Digital Service (GDS) on the GOV.UK platform.
As a member of the W3C Advisory Board, and co-chair of the W3C Web Platform WG(working on specs like HTML5), Léonie is closely involved with the web standards community. She is frequently asked to talk about web standards and/or accessibility at conferences.
In her spare time Léonie blogs on tink.uk, writes for tech journals like Smashing magazine, SitePoint.com and Net magazine. She also loves cooking, dancing and drinking tequila (although not necessarily in that order).
Patrick has been engaged in the discourse on web standards and accessibility since early 2001.
An outspoken accessibility and standards advocate Patrick favours a pragmatic hands-on approach to web accessibility over purely theoretical, high-level discussions.
“I’m an idealist by nature, but a pragmatist by trade. I’d never class myself as an expert and I certainly don’t have all the answers…I’m just an opinionated guy eager to find real-world solutions ‘where the rubber meets the road’.”
Specialties: web standards, HTML5, CSS, accessibility, DOM scripting, PHP, XML/XSLT, web standards evangelism