Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

What is the connection between PDF files and the Reprieve Christmas Party?

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David Morrissey explains why he supports Reprieve
David Morrissey explains why he supports Reprieve

Reprieve (the Charity that campaigns for Death Row prisoners and represents inmates in
Guantanamo Bay) were kind enough to invite me to their Christmas drinks party last night. The idea was to thank supporters, provide some updates and raise funds. There was food, drink and lots of interesting people to meet. I met some people who had just returned from South Sudan.

The actor David Morrissey (Dr Who, The Walking Dead, The Water Horse) talked about why he supported Reprieve and the profound impact the film 14 Days in May had made on him.

The founder of Reprieve, Clive Stafford Smith was there, and gave a short speech. He apologised for his jet lag as he had just returned from getting a signed (and very technically detailed) confession from some Medallin Drug barons for a murder of Derrick and Duane Moo Young in Miami, Florida (Krishna Maharaj was convicted for this in 1987). Many cases take years to complete.

He also highlighted that Reprieve’s campaign to stop European drug Companies selling drugs which are used for lethal injection has meant that 10 American  states cannot currently carry out executions.

But there is much still to be done which is why Reprieve are encouraging people to donate on thursday 5th December as part of the Big Give where funds pledged will attracted a matching donation.

And the PDF connection? Like many organisations, Reprieve has a large collection of documents in PDF format.  If you are a regular reader of our blog you will know that turning them into HTML5 documents:-

1. Makes them much easier for google to find.

2. Much easier to access on mobile and computer.

3. Much easier to track.

So I spent much of the evening talking with some of the team about how we might turn all of these files into HTML5 for the new website. If it goes ahead, it should be a really exciting project (and I will write it up on our blog). Stay tuned….

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Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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