web accessibility

WEB ACCESSIBILTY

 

 

Hello guys, I’m back again with some interesting views for you all. This week I’m going to talk about web accessibility, why is web accessibility a key and important issues that a web designer needs to know while designing a web site?. Who are you making the web sites accessible for? How can these group of people be able to access it with all the all the things you’ve put together to make sure they can be able to access the web? The use of web has widely spread round the world, everyone wants to use the web even those with disabilities want to feel among, which I believe is very important. Those with disabilities who want to use the web for different purposes are many. For example, there are those who can’t see, hear, and read, maybe too old to understand how the web is being used. So what can we do to make sure websites are accessible to any type of person with any type of disability?

I think these are very important issues for one to consider while creating a website. For example, you don’t just create a website and put the type of colors you feel its ok. You have to check very well and make sure others can see what’s on your website with those type of colors, the fact that you can see doesn’t mean everyone else can.  Let’s go deep into these issue and talk about the examples of web design requirements for people with different types of disabilities. In our week 6 tutorials we were asked to think of possible design requirements.

  • Visual: websites could be designed to be able to describe graphics or video contents, having frames and well marked up tables, voice command, screen reader compatibility and also keyboard support, many other designed to help people with visual problem.
  • Physical, speech: websites could have keyboard or single-switch support, alternatives for speech input on voice portals.
  • Hearing: captioning for audio, supplemental illustration.

There are so many softwares that can be used by individual to access websites they want to and depending on the type of their disability, they can get what best fits them. “The internet enabling real physical objects completely changes our thinking around accessible design. Software allows us to do more and more year on year, but we need to make sure that the direction we are going in is one that carries everyone out there with it” (Alexiou, 2014).

(Alexiou, 2014)
(Alexiou, 2014)

A man uses internet software programme for the blind. How can companies increase access for their disabled users? Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

That is a picture of a blind man using a software to be able to access websites. While designing websites people need to make sure it is accessible to everyone with any type of disability not just some particular types of disabilities.

Amazing readers, thanking for reading my blog posts. To understand more about web accessibility I’ve made available a youtube link for you below, kindly click on the link to watch and get more insight on web accessibility. Thank you.

 

 

 

references:

 

Alexiou. G. (2014). Digital inclusion: the benefits of better web accessibility. Retrieved 14th march, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2014/nov/20/companies-benefits-digital-inclusion-accessibility

Alexiou. G. (2014). Digital inclusion: the benefits of better web accessibility. Retrieved 14th march, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2014/nov/20/companies-benefits-digital-inclusion-accessibility

 

 

 

 

Your Data

Week 4 – Your Data

 

 

The week 4 lecture focused on web ethics, digital footprint, digital identity, privacy. Sometimes I ask myself how safe is my data out there?  The websites we share our data with that always say our privacy and safety is their priority, is this really true? Because we hear on the news sometimes about websites been hacked and data’s been stolen. Should we be worried that someday I could be our data been stolen. I am personally concerned about this. Is it really possible for my data on any website be at some point in life be totally deleted whenever I want?

Digital footprint, we were asked to map out our digital footprint, listing all the websites we’ve ever been registered to with our information. After doing that, I then realised they are so many of them and the worst part about it is that I can’t get access to some of the so called social media network, I can’t get to the delete the account, I kept thinking about how to get the account and information on it deleted. Digital identity, with some improvements nowadays you can be able to login or register with another website easily by using your existing facebook account. This I think is a good idea and I believe facebook won’t give out most of your data to the other website.

Do you expect ‘moral principles or rules of behaviour’ on the web?

We were asked to discuss about this during our lecture, well basically we thought when engaging for example on social media, you just need to expect the unexpected. Everyone has a different perspective on use, communicate on social media. Furthermore, people need to be very careful of the kind of information they usually post on social media sites. You might end up having an enemy stalking you, which might later end up in a bitter way.

Who owns the internet?

This question keeps me thinking anytime I’m asked. Many believe that no one owns the internet. If no one owns the internet this means no individual or organisation is in control of the internet.

Looking into privacy, recently there has been a case between Apple and the FBI. The FBI wants Apple to help them get into a phone recovered in a crime scene. Despite court orders given to Apple, they’ve refused to help the FBI create a back door into the phone. From what I understand Apple is refusing to do this because they believe that they might lose the trust their customers have in them about privacy. And also thinking creating a back door into that particular iphone may lead to breaking into many other iphones. Do you really think that Apple should help the FBI? I personally don’t think creating a backdoor is a good idea. Many big names have backed Apple in this case. According to the guardian the founder of facebook Mark Zucherburg said and I quote “I don’t think building back doors is the way to go, so we’re pretty sympathetic to Tim and Apple”(Crunch time for apple, 2016). The founder of Microsoft and the world’s richest man Bill Gates told the financial times and I quote “it is no different than [asking] ‘should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information? Should anybody be able to get at bank records?”(Crunch time for apple, 2016). Many other people have had their saying on this issue including politician and other business men. This is all about privacy, which Apple have worked and spent time on to ensure the safety of the content on their customers iphones.

 

Refrences:

Crunch time for Apple as it prepares for face-off with FBI.(2016) Retrieved 28 february, 2016, from: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/27/apple-fbi-congressional-hearing-iphone-encryption

Crunch time for Apple as it prepares for face-off with FBI.(2016) Retrieved 28 february, 2016, from: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/27/apple-fbi-congressional-hearing-iphone-encryption

 

INFORMATION SYSTEM – BLOG 1

INFORMATION SYSTEM – BLOG 1

As  part  of  my  learning  development,  I  didn’t  know  the  difference  between  information  system  and  information  technology  until  my  first  week  lecture  of  principles  of  system  development.  In  this  post   we  are  going  to  be  looking  at  information  system,  the   difference  between  information  system  (IS)  and  information technology  (IT),  and  also  the  anatomy  of  information  system.

 

The  week  one  lecture  was  focused  on  information  system.  An  information  system  is  a  system  whose  purpose  is  to  process  information(Mallach, 2016).  Information  technology  is  just  a  part  of  information  system.  I  learned  that  information  technology  consists  of   the  hardwares  used  to  operate  the  information  system  for  the  processing  of  information.  Many  people  confuse  information  system  with  information  technology.  Information  system  includes  people,  but  IT  doesn’t  include  people.

 

Processing  information  includes  the  five  activities  shown  above(Mallach, 2016).

  • Entering data  into  the
  • Processing that    This usually  involves  calculating  and  comparing.
  • Storing data,  whether  processed  or  not  for  future
  • Sending data, usually  after  processing,  from  the system  to  people  or  to  other
  • Extracting information  from  the  system  (output)  to  use  in  ways  that benefit  the

Each  of  this  activities  mentioned  are  carried  out  by  a  person  who  was  chosen  for  that  purpose.

 

‘’what  does  it  tell  you  about  your  ‘back  of  napkin application’?’’

 

We  were  asked  about  this  in  class  and  the  lecturer  gave  us  a  task,  which  we  worked  individually  then  in  groups.  We  were  asked  to  design  an  application  for  the  elderly,  explain  the  purpose  of  the  application,  and  what  function  would  be  included  in  the  application?

 

We  had  so  many  brilliant  ideas  on  the  type  of  application  that  the  elderly  people  can  use  and  which  will  help  them  one  way  or  the  other.  We  had  ideas  like  Dating Application,  Dieting  Application,  Nurse  or  Doctors  appointment  reminder Application,  and  many  more  useful  applications.  My  group  and  I  went  with  the  dating  application.  Some  elderly  people  may  have  lost  their partners  sometime  along  the  way  and  maybe  be lonely  or  bored  now.  This  will  enable  then  find  other  people  of  their  age  who  they  can  go  out  on  a  date  with  and  have  fun.  They  are  so  many  functions  that  can  be  included  in the  application.  Members  who  join  can  have  a  certain  storage  space  which  will  enable  them  upload  their  pictures,  write  about  themselves  for  other  users  to  see  and  know somethings  about  them  before  meeting  each  other  in  person.  The  users  can  be  able  to  chat  with  each  other  in  chat  rooms,  where  they  can  meet  so  many   other  users  in  the  chat  room.  This  application  will  make  sure  every  personal  information  about  the  users (elderly people)  is  well  secured.  Accessibility  to  this  application  can  be  either  on  smartphones,  tablets,  and  possibly  on  laptop  computers.  Driving  the  traffic  to our  application,  we  thought  maybe  by  adding  a  special  membership.  This  special  membership  when  paid  for,  the  admin  will  be  able  to help  the  users  get  a  perfect  place  for  their  date  and  also  pay  for  the  bill.  The  application  will  be  advertised  on  social  media (e.g facebook, twitter e.t.c),  TV,  Radio,  billboards.  This  will  hopefully  drive  the  traffic  to  the  Dating  application.

Readers  kindly  check  this  youtube  video  link  below  about  information  system.  Thank  you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qujsd4vkqFI

 

 

Refrences:

 

Mallach, Efrem G. (2016). Information systems: what every business student needs to know. New York: CRC press.

 

Mallach, Efrem G. (2016). Information systems: what every business student needs to know. New York: CRC press.