Phil Norton, web developer

A bowl of Lucky Stars against a pink background
A bowl of Lucky Stars against a pink background

Introduction

Phil is a developer at Code Enigma who works with many different clients. He’s had experience working with different platforms but is a Drupal specialist.

Three interesting things about Phil


A young woman showing an elderly gentleman how to use a smartphone
A young woman showing an elderly gentleman how to use a smartphone

The government is becoming increasingly pressured to embrace and adopt digital transformation to meet the expected quality of service the public now expects. In the same way marketers are supposed to focus on their customer’s journey and appeal to their needs at given touchpoints, governments are expected to design their services around the citizen journey.

Wait, what exactly is a citizen journey?

The citizen is the ‘user’ of the services. When a citizen interacts with the government they take a journey. It’s triggered by the citizen needing something. They might need to do a whole range of things from booking a bulky item collection to requesting a…


A typical red phone booth
A typical red phone booth

The UK government has been moving toward digital transformation for about 8 years. Back in 2012, the first strategy was announced, detailing a plan to become ‘digital by default’. This meant the government planned a redesign of all its digital services, making them incredibly straightforward for everyone to use.

It got off to a great start when the gov.uk website even won Design of the Year in 2013.


Martin Anderson-Clutz, Senior Consultant, Solutions Architect at Digital Echidna

Source: https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blogs/jeff-geerling/the-drupal-way#hacking-core-and-contrib-modules

Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became involved in the world of Drupal?

A long time ago I was working at an agency where we had an opportunity to build a site for a company that did automotive casting. They needed a site that could manage content in five languages (including Chinese and Japanese) as well as manage revisions. Up until then, I had been working with a custom-built framework that had a lot of code in common with CodeIgniter. I decided I didn’t want to make my custom framework support all that, and went looking for a CMS that could handle it. …


An illustrated diagram showing the various types of people that need accessibility, such as  hearing and visual disabilities.
An illustrated diagram showing the various types of people that need accessibility, such as  hearing and visual disabilities.

23 September was two weeks ago. Did you meet the deadline?

On 23 September it became a legal requirement for all public sector websites that were created before September 23, 2018, to comply with new accessibility rules. Those websites going live after this date are expected to be compliant from the get-go.

What is compliance?

All public sector sites need to have an accessibility statement, a means of contacting the organisation about any accessibility issues and they must meet the WCAG 2.1 standards to AA level.

Why is accessibility important?

Most, if not all of us, will interact with our government at some point, in some way. This could be paying your council tax, registering to vote or…


A woman holding her fingers round her eyes to imitate glasses on her face
A woman holding her fingers round her eyes to imitate glasses on her face

If you’re totally new to web accessibility (which you shouldn’t be, we’ve been talking about it for years!), an audit is a fantastic first step in seeing where the land lies as it is, today.

An audit features both manual and automated testing, completed by experts. They will use technology to help them. An in-depth audit is a close review of accessibility and cannot be done by automated testing alone.

We’re going to explain what an audit is and what a good one looks like. …


Current data and privacy issues find search marketers in an entanglement. Here’s where it’s at and where it’s going.

A woman stood in front of a projection of code and numbers
A woman stood in front of a projection of code and numbers

January of this year feels like a long time ago, but it was an influential moment in time. Google Chrome became the leading browser to promise us a cookie-free future.

We’re going to look at where things stand today. We’re also going to assess where digital marketers find themselves in this cluster of data and privacy laws and what the future looks like.

2020 has secured a place in the history books. Pandemics aside, the politics that influence how we handle data has seen some revolution, too. …


Front-end developer and accessibility expert at Microserve, An Investis Digital Company.

A close up of a billboard saying “in design we trust”
A close up of a billboard saying “in design we trust”

Tell us about yourself and your work

I’ve been a front-end developer working with Drupal and Django CMS systems in digital agencies within the UK. My accessibility journey started 8 years ago as a graduate developer where I was lucky enough to be mentored by people who really cared about inclusive design.

What qualifications do you have that have influenced your work?

I recently pushed myself into taking the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) exams. I learnt so much more than I thought I knew around digital accessibility, disability types and new areas such as education and law.

Passing the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) exams helped me establish…


The evil side of tracking.

We’re not being smug. There’s nothing to be smug about when it comes to predicting how personal it was going to get for the general public when it comes to data privacy. But, our director Greg did make an accurate prediction back in 2003 about the Big Brother culture.

What’s happening in 2020?

You should read this talk by Laura Kalbag, initially given at New Adventures Conference in January of this year. It’s eye-opening.

The TL;DR is this:

It starts off with the explanation of how companies gather our data and then segment us based on things they learn. It gets freaky, really quickly.


Phil Norton, our new Developer, talks about his first week with Code Enigma

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Blue and purple code slightly blurred on a computer screen

I’ve known Code Enigma for a number of years. I remember meeting some of the original team at Drupal 7 Camp Leeds back in 2011; which was coincidentally the event of my very first conference talk. To me, they have always been an ethical bunch of highly-skilled people whom I respect. I was delighted to be able to become a part of the team!

That being said, I was very nervous when I started work on the first Monday morning! After getting access to the virtual town square and starting to introduce myself one thing became clear; they care about…

Maygen Jacques

Marketing Manager for web design, development and hosting agency, @CodeEnigma. Hold my drink, I’ll be right back…

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