sue watling

Hunt the ICT Strategy

January 28, 2010 | 2 Comments

The governments ICT strategy was launched yesterday. Maybe I was looking in the wrong places, but I expected to see a bit more publicity heralding the event. As it was I saw nothing.  Same again today. Not the BBC news, or Technology pages, no mention in the Guardian Online. So I turned to Google and eventually, after following several links to non-government pieces referring to it, I finally arrived at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/cio/ict.aspx

My point is on the one hand we have a government promoting digital inclusion and on the other it doesn’t seem to be aware of what it’s like to be digitally excluded. Having to search to find its own ICT Strategy suggests it’s not that bothered about it being found. In digital Britain, it won’t be enough to have access, it’s not even the skills and the confidence that makes the difference. It’s the format in which digital information is provided and promoted.  

 Once you get there then Write to Reply encourages audience participation and the text enlarges well – although if you were unfamiliar with the format then navigation becomes problematic. I’d like to see the statutory button called Accessibility. Even if it can’t offer anything alternative it would at least show awareness of the issues. The home page graphic has no meaningful Alt text; ‘Wordle’ doesn’t count; it means nothing if you are unfamiliar with the concept. Again, sometimes it’s what you don’t do that often says more about you that what is done.



2 Comments so far

  1. Profile photo of Joss Winn   Joss Winn on January 28, 2010 10:14 pm      

    I’ve changed the alt text of the Word cloud on the home page of the document :-)

  2. Profile photo of Sue Watling   Sue Watling on January 29, 2010 10:24 am      

    Wordle to Word Cloud still doesn’t tell me what a ‘Word Cloud’ is :-)

    TechDis at http://www.techdis.ac.uk/resources/sites/accessibilityessentials2/modules/authoring%20accessible%20docs/alternative%20text.html recommend
    Using the ‘Alternative text’ box you should write a description of the image. The text written will depend greatly on the context of the image. For example, if an image is inserted depicting a photograph of an author, it would be adequate for the alternative text to read ‘Photograph of Joe Bloggs’. However, if the image depicts a graph of statistical data it would be more appropriate to add an explanation of the figures.

    Tasi provide more in-depth information on labelling images here http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/stillimages/advice/approaches-to-describing-images/

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