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Does the <body> rule the mind or does the mind rule the <body>?




This is the blog of Martin Mengele, aka Accessabilly, a frontend web engineer focussed on accessibility and user experience. I live in north-eastern Switzerland, close to Lake Constance. If you want to get in touch, check me out on Twitter or just write an e-mail.

What I like to do

I work in the web development business since 1996 and I’m still very passionate about things like web standards, semantics, responsive design and people interacting with media.

I work for a software company (Seitenbau GmbH) as a lead frontend developer. I’m specialized in CMS and intranet solutions and I work for public administration and local government in Germany and Switzerland.

Since 2022 I’m certified through International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) as a Web Accessibility Specialist.

Clients & Projects

As part of my job at Seitenbau GmbH, I have worked as a developer and consultant for many clients, including:

German Authorities, Cities & Companies

  • Bundeskanzleramt
  • Bundesverwaltungsamt
  • Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht
  • Bundesarchiv
  • Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe
  • Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten
  • University of Cologne
  • City of Cologne
  • City of Bonn
  • City of Aachen
  • City of Kaiserslautern
  • City of Konstanz
  • City of Villingen-Schwenningen
  • Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Arbeiter Samariter Bund
  • Hochbahn AG
  • Rhein-Kreis Neuss
  • Serviceportal Baden-Württemberg
  • Aktion Mensch
  • Bio-Pro Baden-Württemberg GmbH
  • Energieversorgung Weser-Ems AG

Swiss Authorities & Companies

  • Eidgenössisches Departement für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation
  • Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement
  • Eidgenössische Zollverwaltung
  • Schweizer Bundeskanzlei
  • Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft
  • Bundesamt für Informatik und Telekommunikation
  • Bundesamt für Kultur
  • Bundesamt für Zivilluftfahrt
  • Bundesamt für Strassen
  • Bundesamt für Kommunikation
  • Bundesamt für Umwelt
  • Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung
  • Betonsuisse
  • Kein & Aber Verlag
  • Innova Versicherungen

Austrian Authorities

  • Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie

Music, Movies & Me

Occasionally I write about music at the fine site and I’m a movie buff as well and I write reviews on some of the films that I like. I’m a huge fan of vintage design in everyday life.

I love The Smiths and Morrissey. Their Rockabilly tunes and my passion for web accessibility got me to the name Accessabilly . That’s why I take the liberty of quoting Morrissey’s lyrics here from time to time. Although I don’t dig his recent political opinions at all, I distinguish between the man and the artist.

Why I’m here

I decided to start a blog (oh, is it 2003?), because I feel that accessibility in web development is not recognized as important as it should be. In my daily work experience I see it still mostly being considered as a show stopper and one of the reasons, why projects budgets are overrun.

Personally I feel, that there is a growing interest in web standards and user experience and I see an inherent chance in accessible web techniques that make websites a joy of use for everybody. To share the benefits of accessible and usable websites and applications I decided to share ideas and best practice examples from my daily work in this blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


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