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Hello. I'm Andy Mabbett.

My background[edit]

Having programmed machines with paper tape and punched cards (at a very young age!), I'm glad to see things have moved on a little. I gave up programming many years ago, but have been involved in the design and management of pioneering, large-scale websites in the UK's public sector since 1994.

I am a published author and journalist - but (as anyone who's corrected my 'tyops' will tell you) I can't type.

I am a trustee, and webmaster, of the West Midland Bird Club.

Web for all[edit]

I believe strongly in adherence to web standards, making web pages as accessible as possible, to everyone, and that it's important to communicate using the simplest language necessary, to convey ideas clearly.


I am a keen user of, and advocate for, microformats (see my microformats profile), but I have some strong views on the way the Microformats process is governed (which are censored from the microforamt wiki and mailing list. QED)

I have published microformats on:

I also have an interest in the use of microformats on WikiTravel (see my Wikitravel profile), especially on the page about Birmingham, England my home town.


I usually surf with whatever is the latest formal release of FireFox (including Operator for parsing microformats), using far too many extensions, under Windows XP, on a 20" or 2x17" monitor at 1280x1024 resolution.

I use FireFox's live bookmarks and the Sage extension, to view hAtom feeds.


...I'd rather be out bird-watching.

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