Archive for the ‘Accessibility’ Category

Engineering For Accessibility Part 1

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:20 3 Comments

Microsoft have made their e-book Engineering for Accessibility available as a free download, which is obviously a good thing. I would obviously urge anyone who cares about accessibility to read it, because while the book relates to software rather than web design, the basic principles behind accessibility are the same, and if it helps you [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Disability, Standards, Technology

Gateshead College: Web site problems

Friday, September 18, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

Concluding my three-part piece looking at the “wonders” of Gateshead College, I decided to have a look at their website to see whether the problems I encountered with their enrolment procedures were symptomatic of further problems, or whether this was just a one-off. At first glance, what I saw was not exactly promising: Hmm. I [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Ranting, Standards, Technology

Happy Birthday AccessifyForum

Thursday, August 6, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

Just in case you were not already aware, the wonderful accessibility resource AccessifyForum is six years old today. If it’s a while since you’ve been across, why not wander over and wish it a happy birthday. If you’ve not been across before but you’re interested in how to make websites accessible to users with disabilities [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Technology

Summer Cold or Swine Flu?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:20 71 Comments

I was just offering congratulations to someone on Twitter the other day for being the first person I know to have contracted swine flu. I’ll leave her name out of it, as she has a policy of what is said on twitter remains on twitter, but she will know who she is. I had in [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Life

#PSFBuzz: Accessibility vs Social Media

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 8:30 34 Comments

I wasn’t first up at the PSFBuzz event, but since there were some ahem minor technical hitches with my presentation (somewhat owing to the fact that the internet connection didn’t actually connect to the internet, which is a bit of a drawback as far as internet connections go), I wanted to get a blog version [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Social Media, Standards, Technology, twitter

#LocalGovCamp (Session 3 – Councillors and Social Media)

Saturday, June 27, 2009 7:20 37 Comments

For my second social media session in a row (there were generally four or five sessions going on at any one time so you had to pick the ones that were either most interesting or most relevant to yourself), Ingrid Koehler (@IngridK) led us through how, and what, Councillors should be doing with social media, [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Standards, Technology, twitter


Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:20 35 Comments

There have been discussions on Accessify Forum as to what sort of icon should be used to represent accessibility, or accessibility-related topics. There is an international symbol of accessibility, which is basically a stylised white wheelchair on a blue background. This has various advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, it’s very clear. Everyone who sees it will [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Disability

Bloggers Blogging Against Disablism (BBAD does BADD)

Friday, May 1, 2009 20:28 22 Comments

Blogging against Disablism Day for me isn’t just about writing your own post, it’s also about reading what other people have to say, accepting I won’t necessarily agree with all of it, I won’t necessarily like the writing in some of it, but still an interest in what other people think and experience. From previous [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Blogging, Disability, Equality

Lip-service equality (BADD 2009)

Friday, May 1, 2009 0:01 37 Comments

BADD 2009 = Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009. I’m not disabled. I do however have a dodgy knee, which seems quite likely to cause me more difficulties as it gets older, so it is entirely possible that I will become disabled at some point. In fact, were I to live long enough, I suspect it [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Disability, Equality, Life, Public Sector

Thoughts on the Screenreader Survey

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 0:11 5 Comments

WebAIM have produced a very useful screenreader survey (which they in fact produced a couple of weeks ago, only I’d not got round to looking at it before now). For the full details, you should obviously refer to the survey. I’m just going to list a few points which I think are worthy of note. [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility