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- Current - Jan 2003 Vice President, Fundación Sidar
- General work representing Sidar including
- EuroAccessibility - Steering Committtee member, task force
- W3C - various working groups
- Presentations in English, Spanish, Italian and French
- Development of software tools and projects
- Editor of W3C's XML Accessibility
- Member of the Translator's and Tools expert groups of Sidar
- Current - Jun 1997 Littleguy
- Current contract work:
Previous contracts include:
- Accessibility review for American Express.com
- Staff Contact - Protocols and Formats
- Staff Contact and Co-editor - Authoring Tool
- Education and Outreach work - presentations, working with
- Web Accessibility review and redesign for Victorian government,
- Teaching accessibility to Web Design students at RMIT
- Web design and accessibility consulting for Royal Children's
- Web interface programming for RMIT Human Resources Group
- Nov 1999 - Dec 1998 Visiting Engineer, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (W3C - Lab. for Computer Science)
- Working on Web Accessibility for the W3C, focusing on Authoring Tool Accessibility
Guidelines, for which I am an editor, and the Protocols and Formats
group, which reviews all W3C work to ensure it does not compromise, and
where possible it enhances, accessibility.
- 1998 Sunrise
- Working as a self-funded employee (responsible for maintaining my
budget by finding, organising and completing commercial contracts)on
- Being a member of several groups for the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C) Web Accessiblity
Initiative, including the Page Authoring Guidelines authoring
group, and the Protocols and Formats group.
- Developing a web-style CD-ROM based database system for managing
Literature and dictionaries for the Yolngu people of the Northern
- Working with the Yirrkala homeland schools in Arnhem Land,
developing local knowledge networks and resource sharing.
- Teaching HTML and WWW certificate courses in Vietnam
- Teaching Web Design and accessibility
- 1997 RMIT University
- Working as part of a research and development team on:
- Maintaining RMIT Web site, including identifying opportunities
for the web to improve productivity, teaching RMIT departments to
design and implement web sites, troubleshooting, prioritising
tasks, dealing with technical and non-technical staff, members of
the public, and anyone else who finds my email address, solving
technical problems as they arise.
- Website design and construction, web-style CD-ROM design and
- 1998 - 1995 Medieval Feasts
- Approximately once a month I organise medieval feasts and/or camping
weekends, where 20 - 100 people spend a few hours or a few days as they
would have 800 -1000 years ago. Feasts include period activities, food,
clothing, and other paraphernalia.
- 1998 - 1990 School Presentation Days
- As part of medieval re-enactment I have regularly organised and
participated in presentations of medieval life in schools, including
both lecture and hands-on style teaching on a range of topics.
- Jan 1998 - Feb 1995 Bar work - Dan O'Connell Hotel
- High pressure bar work (on St Patrick's day I managed 20-30 staff at
a time, who serve an estimated 8000 customers in 6 hours. On a normal
day I just serve a lot of people in a hurry, and make each of them feel
that they are special), Being nice to people while I throw them
- 1994 - 2 Boxer programming - Sunrise Research Laboratory
- Using Boxer as a language for investigating computer science in
schools (Blackburn High School year 10 and 11, Carey Grammar School
Year 7). Boxer programming support for a project undertaken by Cielito
Barita as the major component of her Master of Business Information
Technology degree at RMIT.
- 1992 - 1991 TV/Video Delivery and Installation - Self
- Self employed, but mostly working for Eastern suburbs Brashs stores.
Delivery driving - scheduling, juggling time and space. Tuning people's
TV, showing them how to program their video, plugging their Hi Fi
- I have also worked in many part time jobs while studying
- Database construction and data entry, exam marking, toilet cleaning,
sculpture conservation, cook, furniture restoring, piano moving,
acting, desktop publishing, gardening, tutoring, dish washing etc.
- Web Technology and standards
- Familiarity with a wide variety of W3C standards, and the
standards development process at W3C.
- Familiarity with the architectural principles of the Web itself,
most particularly for accessibility to people with disabilities,
but also in general.
- Active participant in work on the Semantic Web.
- Very thorough kowledge of the various HTML, XHTML and CSS
standards very well
- Familiarity with the design and use of XML applications, most
particularly SMIL and SVG.
- Very sound grasp of design which is Universally Accessible.
- General Programming
- Participated in W3C open source projects (Amaya, slidemaker)
- Produced specialised databases (images, texts, sounds),
spellcheckers, and dictionaries, in a combined Java/PERL Web-based
system for a group of Australian aboriginal languages
- Developed Web-based payroll system for a University
- Developed graphics, email, database and spreadsheet packages in
Boxer (a language under development at UCBerkeley)
- Performed a variety of programming tasks in other languages.
- Computer Graphics
- Familiar with graphics packages
- Can efficiently create or adapt graphics where desired.
- Knowledge of the technical requirements for graphics to work
effectively on the web
- Other computing skills
- Familiarity with a wide variety of environments, applications,
- Experience in rapidly learning and using advanced features (Macro
programming, etc) in a variety of software packages, including
word-processing, database languages, graphics applications,
- Experience on Macintosh, MS Dos, Unix, and Windows platforms, as
well as platforms like BBC micro systems.
- Effective search skills using Internet, library, journal indexing and
other resources. Ability to initiate and carry out extended research
projects. The ability to learn new skills quickly when required.
- Communication (written and oral)
- I have given a large number of presentations on various aspects of
W3C's work, mostly in english but also in Spanish and Italian. I have
also taught computing skills to people from a wide variety of
backgrounds: from Primary students to Tertiary academics. Collaborating
with corporate management, clerical and 'coal-face' staff to design and
complete projects under pressure. Complex customer relations under
pressure (for example tactfully removing aggressive drunks from pubs
and making other customers happy about the friendly environment, at the
- I have learnt a wide range of skills, often under great time
pressure. I have good communication skills in French and Spanish, fair
skills in Italian, with some ability to converse in German and
Japanese, and read Latin (reasonably well). I have rudimentary reading
skills in a number of other languages, although I have not exercised
them for several years.
- I am a fast learner, and derive great pleasure from learning new
skills and ideas.
- Planning and overseeing a variety of projects concurrently.
Co-ordinating people with varied skills to maximise the collective
output of a group.
- Hard Work
- Ability to work long shifts, perform physically or mentally demanding
work. (And I can reach the top shelf.)
- Driving and Travel
- I have worked as a professional courier, and driven in excess of
100,000 miles for business in a year. I am comfortable travelling and
- Currently enorlled part time in a Master of Arts degree at RMIT
school of Aniumation and Interactive Multimedia. Co-supervised by Geoff
Freed of WGBH Boston's National Center for Accessible Media, my
research project is investigating the accessiblity of multimedia to
people with disabilities or limited infrastructure.
- 1998 - 1996
- Honours (Part time) in Medieval History at the University of
Melbourne. Supervised by Associate Professor Anne Gilmour-Bryson. I
have now completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with First Class
- 1996 - 1988
- Bachelor of Arts (Part time). Double major in medieval studies, with
Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
- Victorian Certificate of Education (Completion of High School):
Chemistry, English, French, double Mathematics, and Physics (with
Latin, completed early - see below. Normally 5 subjects are attempted.)
St Michael's Anglican Grammar School, St Kilda.
- 1986 - 1982
- Scholarship student Geelong Grammar School. Completed Higher School
Certificate subject Latin in 1986 (One year early)
1994 Bronze Medallion / Senior Resuscitation
1993 Senior First Aid
Some of what I consider my major achievements include:
- Learning sufficient Spanish to be invited as an expert collaborator of
Sidar - a Spanish language accessibility group
- Teaching a course on Accessible Web Design in Spanish.
- Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines
becoming a W3C Recommendation
- Creating the first example of Accessible font design and usage in SVG
- Being invited to give a presentation on Accessibility in the graphics
development track at the WWW8 conference in Toronto, 1999.
- Being invited to work at W3C, and
moving to the USA for a year to take up the position.
- Being appointed as a Research Associate to the faculty of engineering
at Monash University.
- Completing my Honours degree (gaining First-Class Honours) while
- Setting up and 'fostering' the Medieval recreation society Nordmannia,
a group of people who, despite no formal recognition of membership have
managed to be recognised in Melbourne as one of the best-organised and
most successful Medieval groups, putting on large-scale public events at
very short notice, of very high quality. (Two examples are a feast for
200 people, of five courses, served as a sit-down meal with drinks and
entertainment, organised in slightly more than 24 hours, and the 1999
Australasian Medieval Convention)
- Teaching the first Vietnam National University Certificate of World
Wide Web Technology course (Hanoi) - the first course of its kind in
Name: Charles McCathieNevile
Date of Birth: 3 June 1970
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Interests and Hobbies
- Medieval Re-enactment:
- I set up the group Nordmannia, a historical re-enactment society, and
take an active part in the group. This involves research into material
culture in particular, and learning to make and use reproduction
artifacts, as well as passing on what I have learnt - skills such as
blacksmithing and bookbinding, as well as more traditional knowledge of
medieval art, lifestyles and history.
- Horse riding, cycling, skiing and bush walking
- I am a keen Horse rider, and enjoy extended trips (3 - 5 days) into
the bush by any of the above means
- I am a keen cook of both historical and a wide variety of modern
cuisines. This enables me to learn more about cooking and indulge my
eclectic tastes in food at a sensible price, as well as being an
enjoyable social activity.
- Travel and languages
- I enjoy travelling around the countryside or around the world, and
particularly learning languages. I have taught myself Spanish and fair
Italian, in addition to learning French, Latin, ancient Icelandic and
some german, japanese and swedish more formally.
Dr Daniel Dardailler
Director for Europe
World Wide Web Consortium
INRIA BP 93
06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex
Phone: +33.4 184.108.40.206
Mr Jonathan O'Donnell
Formerly Director of Information Technology
Faculty of Art Design and Communication
Phone +613 9208 0385
Mr Maurice Bighi
Licensee, Dan O Connell Hotel
Dan O Connell Hotel
225 Canning Street
CARLTON VIC 3053
Phone +613 9347 1502 (after 12 noon, GMT+1100)
Facsimile +613 9347 5884
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