Archive for the ‘Public Sector’ Category

Accessibility Testing Log

Monday, September 28, 2009 14:08 22 Comments

For any of you wanting to carry out any form of accessibility audit, you are going to need some means to record your results, as it may prove difficult to memorise the results of forty or more checkpoints across a whole swathe of pages. To this end, I’ve knocked together a little excel spreadsheet to [...]

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

WCAG 2.0 for the public sector

Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:20 22 Comments

In June 2008, the COI published a document called Delivering Inclusive Websites, after a consultation period. I had stuck my oar in to contribute towards the document during the consultation period, in my then-role as chair of the Public Sector Web Management Group (PSWMG) and I think that myself and the group did actually provide [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, 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

Gateshead College: Enrolment Shambles Response

Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:20 14 Comments

So, yesterday I posted about the complete shambles that was enrolment at Gateshead College, and suggested that I really wasn’t happy with what they had done. I had two separate lines of response from them. Because I don’t believe in directly naming people, I’m going to call them “A” and “B”. “A” contacted me over [...]

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

Gateshead College: Enrolment Shambles 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:20 65 Comments

I went to Gateshead College last week to sign up for AS Level English on the afternoon of Monday 7th September. Quite a simple procedure, one would think. I had telephoned the previous Friday to check that there were spaces available on the course, and that I should turn up between 4pm and 6pm to [...]

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

Health and Safety Executive: Sense of Humour Bypass

Monday, September 7, 2009 7:20 13 Comments

I recently came across something on the Health and Safety Executive site called myth of the month where they set out to debunk some health and safety myths about the Health and Safety Executive being miserable killjoys. Ho ho, a bunch of health and safety myths. This’ll be a bit of a laugh. Chortle. And [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Public Sector, Technology

Portsmouth Council Ban Facebook

Thursday, September 3, 2009 10:17 182 Comments

Portsmouth Council have banned staff from using Facebook, causing grunts of approval from those who feel Council staff sit on their arses all day, and howls of derision from those who feel that organisations who do not embrace social media are simply burying their heads in the sand. Firstly, it came about because the local [...]

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

Cambridgeshire Council Blogging Policy

Saturday, August 22, 2009 7:20 41 Comments

Cambridgeshire Council shared their Social Network and Blogging Policy on Public Sector Forums the other day where they have set out the rules for what they expect employees to do in terms of using blogs and contributing on social networks. Before even reading the policy, I can tell that this is a good idea. This [...]

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

Open Source In Local Government

Monday, August 17, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

My old colleagues at Public Sector Forums have launched a new site with a BuddyPress engine — UK Gov OSS. This is a community (i.e. non-official) site set up to share information and ideas on open source and open standards for government in the UK. From the sounds of it, it is therefore aimed mostly [...]

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

Switching Off A Council Website

Saturday, August 15, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

There’s an interesting post by Peter Barton of Lincolnshire County Council over at Public Sector Forums. If you’re in the public sector and you aren’t already a member, you might want to take the opportunity to wander over and register so that you can read up on the full details. If you’re not prepared to [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology