Digital exclusion and online accessibility

Posted by Dr Sarah Burton Taylor on May 18, 2022 1:42:44 PM

Working in the digital industry, it is very easy to forget that not everyone is technologically competent and totally reliant on/ addicted to the World Wide Web.

Accessibility: universality not disability

Posted by Lucy Collins on Mar 23, 2022 2:07:00 PM

Accessibility is about universality, not disability. It is about making sure as many people as possible, no matter their physical location or ability, can access your content.

Android vs iOS: how do smartphone platforms compare on accessibility?

Posted by Sophie Knight on Oct 6, 2021 10:29:44 AM

In the ongoing pursuit for an inclusive online environment, the native accessibility features inbuilt into smartphones are a step in the right direction.  

The two major operating systems: Android and iOS, are constantly updating and expanding their features in response to the call for equal online access for all. 

Genuine digital accessibility requires more than WCAG compliance

Posted by Lucy Collins on Sep 20, 2021 11:54:42 AM

For many, being compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the international standard of digital accessibility, is seen as the key step towards meeting the needs of users with access requirements. While it is a good start, it is not the end of the journey.

Reaching the hard to reach: our experience of recruiting digitally excluded testers

Posted by Sophie Knight on Aug 6, 2021 10:00:00 AM

One of our clients recently came to us with a recruitment brief for a diverse and inclusive research project. This included testing with disabled users and individuals who consider themselves digitally excluded. Broadly defined, the digitally excluded are those in society who have unequal access to or lack the skills needed to use digital devices.  

Mobile app accessibility

Posted by Lucy Collins on Jun 11, 2021 2:46:48 PM

 

We are approaching yet another UK government deadline for accessibility: mobile app compliance.

Introducing WCAG 3.0

Posted by Lucy Collins on May 12, 2021 3:22:58 PM

2021 a busy year for the team at W3C. Not only is the latest iteration of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), v2.2, being released, they have also published the first working draft of the shiny, new WCAG 3.0. Here we explore the new guidelines and share our thoughts on this exciting new development.

Introducing WCAG 2.2

Posted by Lucy Collins on Feb 23, 2021 5:22:14 PM

2021 is an exciting year and not just because we will hopefully see the back of Covid!

Granny’s iPhone review

Posted by Lucy Collins on Feb 18, 2021 12:30:00 PM

My Granny was given an iPhone for Christmas. At 92 she is probably a few years older than Apple’s average user, so I wanted to see how she was getting on...

Assistive technologies: screen readers and magnifiers

Posted by Lucy Collins on Feb 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

The online world can be an unfriendly place for users with disabilities. While access technology has come on leaps and bounds, with a range of options available to users with visual or motor impairments, many websites still do not make it easy for users of assistive technologies.

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