Tuesday, 27 March 2007

GAWDS Re-design

The GAWDS website is up for a re-design with a few useful prizes up for grabs, and of course the prestige of designing a site used by the largest group of accessible web designers in the world.

Information about entering the competition can be found on the GAWDS homepage.

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?

Happy Birthday Naomi!

Yep, that's right, another Broome offspring celebrates their Birthday. Today my little girl turned 10. Happy Birthday babe. All done now until next year.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Happy Birthday Noah!

Before I post anything else I have to say a BIG Happy Birthday to my son and middle child Noah who was 8 on the 24th of Feb. Nearly a month ago. I know. Damn blog and having to keep it up to date!

Noah's Birthday was a success though. We all went to the Moscow State Circus and had a great time although we had to change seats because of the huge tent mast that obscured our view. It was also a bit strange that all the performers had support wires. I thought it took the edge off the performance when the participants can't plunge to their doom, but that's just sick fascination on my part I guess. The acrobats were fantastic though.

We then stuffed our faces at the local 'China China' and wobbled home with fat bellies.