Last night was the inaugural Front End London meetup, sponsored by Made by Many and brainchild of Made by Many developer Chris Bell.

I was extremely pleased to have been asked to speak at this event, and I gave a talk entitled 'Accessibility and UI Development', which was an evolution of the presentation I put together for a micro-slot at an Oxford Geek Night back in September. Slides from the FEL talk are up on slideshare.

The main thrust of my talk is that developer's shouldn't view accessibility requirements as a constraint on great design or complex UI development. I based most of my observations on my work as Front-end lead on the new Post Office site (postoffice.co.uk) which was my first major project at Dare.

The evening featured two other speakers, both of whom were extremely interesting and engaging. Anna Powell-Smith got the crowd enthused about the D3 JavaScript visualisation library, and Andy Hume gave a fascininating account of the front-end architecture and workflow on the new Guardian mobile site.

Chris Bell's wrote a blog post about his motivation for starting the FEL meetups. He clearly struck a chord with the London tech community as the first event sold out within a few hours. I'm already looking forward to hearing what speakers and topics Chris and the team at Made by Many have lined up for next month.