Making GOV.UK more than a website – using schema.org structured markup allows “meeting users where they are, meeting user needs at the point of need”, for example on Voice Assistants or in Google OneBox search results.
Why <details> is Not an Accordion – “HTML really needs <accordion> , <tabs>, <dialog>, <dropdown>, and <tooltip> elements. Not more “low-level primitives” but good ol’ fashioned, difficult-to-get-consensus-on elements”
CSS Guidelines – High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS, by Harry Roberts
Why WeWork went wrong – “The office-space startup took a tumble when investors tired of its messianic CEO and lack of profits. But why were its backers – the House of Saud among them – so keen to pour billions into it in the first place?”. Long, and fascinating article.
State of European Tech report – “in 2019, 92% of funding went to all men teams, a similar level to the figures which shocked readers last year. When you break down the data by race, age, education and socioeconomic background, we see more problems emerge”
Ericsson Mobility Report November 2019 – “By the end of 2025, we expect 5G to have 2.6 billion subscriptions covering up to 65 percent of the world’s population and generating 45 percent of the world’s total mobile data traffic”. 76% of that data will be video.
Igalia Chats with Neil Soiffer on MathML – “Igalia’s Brian Kardell sat down with Neil Soiffer, long time MathML advocate and chair of the current MathML Refresh Community Group to chat about MathML, its history, challenges and what’s next.”
NIGERIA Digital Economy Diagnostic Report (World Bank) “As the biggest economy in Africa with one of the largest youth populations in the world, Nigeria is well-positioned to develop a strong digital economy. This would have a transformational impact”
Accessibility made the UK national TV news yesterday, hot on the heels of a report The business case for inclusive design by the UK disability charity Scope, which shows that around 50% of disabled people couldn’t buy something online that they wanted.
An accessible site is therefore a huge business opportunity, given that the latest Purple Pound estimate is £274 billion. (The Purple Pound a proxy for the purchasing power of the disabled community.)
Here’s a 4 minute interview on Channel 5 News to help persuade your bosses/ colleagues of the business case for accessibility.
Some people with disabilities say they are being shut out of online shopping because retailers don't make allowances for them.@scope says half of people avoid it because a website or app was too hard to use.