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What is the public sector equality duty for? The public sector equality duty is designed to ensure that those carrying out public functions (including public authorities) consider how they can contribute to and help foster a more equal society. They have a duty to promote good relations between different groups and to advocate and advance… Continue Reading Public Sector Equality Duty – A summary
Equality Act 2010 was designed to simplify UK anti-discrimination laws by aggregating several related laws into one. It replaces, among other acts, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, (DDA, Race Relations Act 1976 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. In summary, the Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s race, religion… Continue Reading Equality Act 2010 – A Summary
Just a quick follow up from my New Year Newsletter in which I gently encouraged you to think about your website and online marketing strategy. One area I mentioned in my newsletter was website accessibility. As I am sure you already know, it is considered a form of discrimination if disabled people are not able… Continue Reading The ‘cast iron’ business case for accessible website design
On the 3rd of May the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission agreed that in future all public sector websites and mobile apps should be made accessible. The text still requires approval by the Council and the Parliament before coming into force. Assuming approval, members states will have 21 months to include… Continue Reading European Commission welcomes agreement to make public sector websites and apps more accessible
An article I’ve just written for Disability Today: 25 years on the Web: have I learned anything yet? Yes people did wander the earth when there was no Facebook, no Google and no World Wide Web. I can’t say I remember it well (my memory is not the best) but I was certainly there. I… Continue Reading 25 years on the Web: have I learned anything yet?
Did you know that non profit organisations can advertise on Google without having to pay a penny? If not, it is something worth knowing; this is not a small token gesture from Google. If you were to pay for this level of advertising through their standard Adwords program – it would cost you thousands of… Continue Reading Advertise on Google for free – if you are a nonprofit
Know your audience and what they want from you: i.e. aim to make the things they are likely to look for the easiest to find. Create a priority list of your target users; and a priority lists of what they will be looking for on your site. That way you can address the main needs… Continue Reading Organising Website Content: 14 tips
The following is a list of some of the main readability and usability issues: Text alignment: Aligning text to the left, ragged on the right, increases reading speed because the straight left edge helps to anchor the eye when starting a new line (Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity by Jakob Nielsen). Line… Continue Reading Usability article: how to create readable Web text
Responsive design is about creating sites that change their layout according to the device they are being displayed on; for the most part, this means altering the layout to accommodate different screen sizes. However, this doesn’t mean that responsive sites are automatically accessible as it doesn’t imply anything about the many requirements of making website accessible to people with different needs. For example images… Continue Reading What is responsive website design and how does it relate to accessibility?
At the start of 2014 we redesigned the ORRO Contemporary Jewellery website and we were subsequently commissioned to provide search engine optimisation for the site. Since then traffic has steadily increased and ORRO has received significantly more business as a result. “We’re delighted by the response and I reckon internet sales have accounted for between… Continue Reading SEO Case Study: ORRO Contemporary Jewellery
Twitter for Charities, Non-profits and the Voluntary Sector
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Non-profits need to ensure their websites are accessible. This jargon free guide will help.