Wednesday, 21 March 2007

The blind lead the blind - DTI debacle continues...

Those of you that signed a petition asking that government start taking web accessibility seriously will have had an e-mail response that reads like a bad joke.

Last year, Bruce Lawson and Daniel Champion wrote about the abysmal quality of the newly launched DTI website. It was revealed that the site cost in excess of £200,000, but the tables based layout was entirely dependent on the user's browser supporting JavaScript. It was an embarrassment and it was courtesy of one of our most important central government offices.

10 Downing Street has responded to the petition assuring that accessibility is taken very seriously and to prove it they have put their best people on the case:

Action 7 of the Prime Minister's Digital Strategy is to 'improve accessibility to technology for the digitally excluded and ease of use for the disabled'.

This strategy is to be implemented by DTI with support from OGC and eGU (now the Cabinet Office Delivery and Transformation Group). A cross-government review of the Digital Strategy is currently under way under the supervision of the DTI).


You've got to be kidding me.

Power to the people. eh?

1 comment:

Gill said...

"This strategy is to be implemented by DTI with support from OGC and eGU (now the Cabinet Office Delivery and Transformation Group). A cross-government review of the Digital Strategy is currently under way under the supervision of the DTI)"

It just beggars belief doesn't it. At least it's given me an idea for the next time I miss a site deadline. I'm doing a cross-office review of my Digital strategy. That'll confuse 'em. ;-)