Archive for the ‘Public Sector’ Category

Emergency Web Updates Are Snow Joke

Thursday, January 7, 2010 10:00 159 Comments

Right: let’s just get this straight. On Tuesday night, overnight, there was what is known in meteorological circles as a ruddy great lot of snow over North-East England. As this was expected, according to the forecasts, when I’d picked up Bigger Lad from school on Tuesday, I asked his teacher whether I should check the [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Public Sector, Ranting, Technology

Worst Value In Government IT

Monday, January 4, 2010 7:20 43 Comments

With thanks to the delightful @IanCuddy for bringing this to my attention… Basically, it would appear that a “high profile public sector organization” is looking for a web editor, as evidenced by an advert on a particular job site. For this post, certain skills are essential — you need to understand the internet, HTML, be [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology

Council Resigns After Blogger Criticism

Friday, October 30, 2009 1:08 183 Comments

Yup, pretty much what it says on the tin. Eleven of the fifteen members of Somerton Town Council have resigned, because they are fed up with being criticised by a blogger, leaving the Council without a quorum (and therefore new elections are required before any council decisions can be made). On his Muck&Brass blog, resident [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Politics, Public Sector, Standards

An Analytics Problem for the UK Public Sector

Monday, October 26, 2009 7:20 35 Comments

In short: if you’re a government site, you must have a stats audit, and you’re potentially about to head into a major problem with using cookies in future… It is mandatory for Government sites to have stats audits: In the current climate of open, transparent and accountable government, it is now mandatory for government websites [...]

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

How should the UK public sector adopt WCAG 2.0?

Friday, October 16, 2009 7:20 48 Comments

Well, quickly would be a good start, as it’s a lot better than WCAG 1.0 — it doesn’t rely testing based on specific technologies, but instead looks at the impact on the user. But that’s not what I’m looking at here. I’m looking at what parts of WCAG 2.0 that I think are appropriate to [...]

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

The TaxPayers’ Rebel Alliance

Monday, October 12, 2009 7:20 22 Comments

You’ve heard of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, right? They are the group who claim to represent the taxpayer, and whenever any publicly funded organisation spends any money on anything, they have something to say about it, usually complaining about the waste of public money that is coming out of the pocket of the taxpayer. Well, there’s [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Politics, Public Sector

How Safe Is Your Data?

Saturday, October 10, 2009 7:20 3 Comments

Obviously, you can take all the precautions you want over how you look after your personal data: keep your firewall and anti-virus up to date, don’t respond to phishing emails, don’t install software of dubious provenance on your computer and so on, but that’s only protecting the data at your end. What happens when it [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Scams & Spams

Redbridge: i’s not all i’s cracked up to be?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 7:45 192 Comments

I wasn’t at the digital engagement conference thingummy yesterday but I was keeping an eye on the tweets of people who were talking about it, wondering if anything would strike my eye as being particularly newsworthy, or of significant import. Having quite a bit of knowledge of accessible web design and in testing against it [...]

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

EU Accessibility Legislation to go for WCAG 2.0?

Monday, October 5, 2009 7:20 30 Comments

I noticed over on Out-Law that there was a suggestion that legislation for accessible websites could be introduced across the EU: Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding has for the first time talked of a ‘European Disability Act’ that could compel EU nations to adopt web accessibility rules together so that all of Europe’s [...]

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

Understanding WCAG 2.0 Event

Thursday, October 1, 2009 7:20 19 Comments

For all of y’all out there who want to know a little bit more about WCAG 2.0, I’m running a workshop type event with PSF in Birmingham looking at precisely that on Wednesday 4th November. Full details, including booking instructions and so on, are available on the event page at PSF’s site. It looks like [...]

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