In late July the UK Government released detailed specifications spelling out what official webmasters must do to make net sites usable by everyone. The document lays out just how webmasters should design and test sites so they are easy to use and cater for people with physical disabilities. But the cost of making the changes could mean that few sites become more usable.
The two disciplines of accessibility and usability were very different, said Ms Campbell (chairperson of the Usability Company). Accessibility was about catering for people with disabilities but usability was all about building a site that works with human psychology and is easy to navigate around and understand, she said. [Via: BBC Tech News]
Miraz says: Funny how the government would pour heaps of money into a website without making sure people could use it: “Hey, let’s make a white elephant! Let’s see, we’ll give it 3 legs — I’m sure it doesn’t really need all four. And you know, those tusks are gorgeous, let’s give it two sets …”