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  • Squawk 4:53 pm on 25/05/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    According to the Daily Telegraph, in a r… 

    According to the Daily Telegraph, in a recent survey by , it appears that millions of Britons are failing to relax on holiday as they are unable to tear themselves away from social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Squawk 7:19 pm on 24/05/2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Still breaking the law……. are we bothered .. no! 

    OK so my last post  -Still breaking the law……. identifies problems that we all have (and or may have) just to say are we bothered – no! karma what comes round goes round etc …..

  • Squawk 7:06 pm on 24/05/2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Still breaking the law……. 

    When I reviewed our blog stats (last night) I noticed a number of visits from one particular ip/site.  As we all do,  I followed the links back.

    Interestingly I found a number of blunt messages and direct links to our sites.  Quite simply one post only has a simple statement:

    Reasons not to bother building a web site. Number 186

    Yes folks he is here in Kefalonia, and he can’t spell for toffee!

    There is also another statement that says

    Reasons not to bother building a web site. Number 187

    Similar vein.

    ummmmm ummmm got to think .. got it – the person designs web sites (we actually know that), the person says they used to teach accessibility (we know that too – well we know the person says they used to teach accessibility) but

    Can’t be bothered now

    OK – I admit I can’t spell

    Now for some hard facts:

    Based on results from the World Wide Web Consortium (the guys who manage the internet and set the standards for it) we ran a series of tests on the web sites owned by the person who has used the internet to publish the information above.   The first 6 results are sites belonging to the person concerned.

    1. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     62 Errors
    2. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     86 Errors, 1 warning(s)
    3. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     153 Errors, 1 warning(s)
    4. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result:     43 Errors
    5. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result       127 Errors, 1 warning(s)
    6. Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.0 Strict! – Result       82 Errors

    Our site! – This document was successfully checked as XHTML 1.0 Transitional! Result:     Passed

    The forum software licence (phpBB) – on which the statements were published clearly states

    “While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

    You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.”

    The forum to which I refer is  a closed “private” forum.  The webmaster and one of the administrators must agree before you can join.

    Guess what – the webmaster (and an administrator) is the person who wrote the posts.  We have no right of reply.

    The sites mentioned above (nos 1 – 6) all offer a service and are either B2B or B2P sites (business to businness or Business to people) and being based within the EU (European Union) they have a number of legal obligations that they must adhere to.  ummmmm none of the sites (1-6) do.

    This is a clear example of how one individual – wherever they are in the world – can not only continue to break the law, breach software licences but also use the internet as tool for personal vendeta.

    This type of abuse of the internet is endemic and many site owners suffer from the same problem.  It is about time that the cyberbullying laws were extended not just to include the – unforgivable – bullying of children – but also to include any on-line activity such as the above.

    The internet is a competive world – good – the internet is also unregulated – good, but we are all under an obligation to maintain the “laws of the land”.

    When people ignore software licences,  ignore the basic requirements of publishing a web site we have to question where will we all end up.

    • dawnpratt123 7:23 pm on 24/05/2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, excellent, I know a number of site that do not comply..I go to the first page and if it is not accessible, I go away. I have poor eyesight and the loss of use in one hand, so if a site does not help me to navigate why should I bother with them. PLEASE can people cater for the people who have a disability whatever it is.

  • Squawk 5:07 pm on 24/05/2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Good design enables, bad design disables 

    We all hate politcians and on this side of the pond Eurocrats but I was browsing the European Union site this afternoon (Monaco Grand prix was a foregone conclusion after the first corner – Well done Jenson) so I had to find something to do.  Could have gardened, cleaned the car but not in the 30+ degree heat over here in Kefalonia – easier to sit by the air con and work keeping cool.

    Anyhow, I found a link that I knew was there but for the life of me I could never find it. – Have bookmarked it now. It is called Design for All (DfA).  It also has a link to the The European Institute for Design and Disability

    Soon after its establishment in 1993, the European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD) developed the mission statement: “Enhancing the quality of life through Design for All”. and on 9 May 2004 adopted a simple protocol – The EIDD Stockholm Declaration© – Guess it was done in Stockholm.

    Anyhow the declaration has a simple “tag line” –“Good design enables, bad design disables”

    Visit the EIDD site and you will find an interesting brochure called Liberate diversity! – you can download it

    It opens quite simply :

    Average people do not live in an apartment building. They don’t travel on the subway. They don’t use the stairs or the elevator. No matter where we look we will not find the average person. Simply because the average person does not exist. No one lives in a 2.3 room apartment, takes 3.7 trips per year or has 1.7 children. Those figures only exist in the statistics.

    It also has some interesting statements about Design for All

    • is design for human diversity based on the principle of inclusion (from the EIDD Stockholm Declaration©).
    • is an attitude and a process that emanates from all conceivable users.
    • is when everything created by people to be used by people works equally well for everyone.
    • offers alternatives for usage: if you have difficulty reading, you should be offered another avenue, for example an auditory solution.
    • is when someone with limited physical strength or mobility can utilize environments, buildings, products, packaging etc.
    • is when you can get a twin-sized baby buggy into an elevator or public transportation. That makes more room for everyone.
    • is environments, services and products that are easy to use and understand.
    • provides more choices and more customer satisfaction.
    • is a creative challenge for all planners, architects and designers.
    • Design for All has roots both in Scandinavian functionalism in the 1950s and in ergonomic design from the 1960s.  There is also a socio-political background in Scandinavian welfare policies, which in Sweden in the late 1960s gave birth to the concept of “A society for all” referring primarily to accessibility. This ideological thinking was streamlined into the United Nations Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1993.

    Design for All is simply design at its very best.

    The Stockhom Declaration ends like this:

    The European Institute for Design and Disability therefore calls on the European institutions, national, regional and local governments and professionals, businesses and social actors to take all appropriate measures to implement Design for All in their policies and actions.

    Is it not about time we all considered the Design for All principles? – think about it

  • Squawk 4:43 pm on 22/05/2009 Permalink | Reply  

    “Designed-in Accessibility” with Tom Jewett 

    @Laura Carlson – opps twitter language here.

    Just received Lauras’ Web Design Update Volume 7, Issue 47, May 22, 2009.  As you may know were are based on a Greek Island so don’t get to the USA or UK that often so we tend to miss out on conferences etc – Hey why don’t you all come 2 Kefalonia for one – great facilities, climate beaches etc etc…. and where we are free broadband (yes I said free)

    Opps got carried away, anyhow there is an on-line web event on Thursday (28th) about creating accessible web sites.  Take a look at this web page Webinar by Tom Jewett it states:

    • Who Should Attend? Anyone who creates a web pages or web sites.
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • ATI Contact: Jean Wells,

    The agenda looks interesting and as in life we will all learn something.

    I shall be there why don’t you get there.

    Go on take the first steps to accessibility.

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