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Plain English Campaign releases Drivel Defence

Plain English Campaign releases Drivel Defence

The Plain English Campaign has just released a JavaScript-based application called Drivel Defence. The authors of the application allege that it will help authors assess their writing for Plain English as part of a general effort to improve accessibility. The idea is that you cut and paste your ‘drivel’ from a Word document or web site into the applet and you will get an analysis of words per sentence, average sentence length and the longest sentence. There are two options…

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Social Media for the socially excluded

Social Media for the socially excluded

I had a meting today with an organisation – HeartsnSoul – who want to create a community web site to bring people with learning difficulties together with potential employers. They want to encourage use of personal blogs for their users and have a virtual meeting place (e.g. forum) where their users can ‘meet’ potential employers. I am looking into the issues and dependencies for providing all this through our existing CoP platform , but I think the interface design requirements…

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Web 2.0 vs Accessibility

Web 2.0 vs Accessibility

I attended an “Enterprise 2.0” event last week where Ian Lloyd gave a very thought provoking presentation on the impact of Web 2.0 on accessibility. Ian is a web developer working for the Nationwide Building Society, and clearly knows his stuff when it comes to designing websites that will accommodate assistive technologies – such as screen readers, voice to text and screen magnifiers. This was particularly relevant to the work I’m presently doing in building on-line environments for support of…

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