• HCW Lab Members at Scripting Enabled 2008

    Published: Monday, 22 September 2008

    [image src="http://130.88.193.205/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/scripting-enabled-logo.jpg" alt="" class="right"] On 19th and 20th September 2008 Yeliz Yesilada, Andy Brown and Darren Lunn from the HCW Lab attended Scripting Enabled.

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    On 19th and 20th September 2008 Yeliz Yesilada, Andy Brown and Darren Lunn from the HCW Lab attended Scripting Enabled. The aim of Scripting Enabled is to bring together disabled users and Web developers in order to discuss improving the accessibility of the Web. The workshop was broken down into two days. The first day involved a series of presentations by people who work with various user groups. All the speakers provided useful insights into the effects that poor Web design has on users. Talks at the event included Denise Stephens who discussed a community Website to allow Multiple Sclerosis (MS) suffers to share products that help make their lives easier; Artur Ortega and Leonie Watson who discussed how Screenreaders interact with JavaScript; and Jonathan Hassell and Phil Teare who discussed the impacts and symptoms of dyslexia on web design and usability.

    The second day, dubbed "Hacker's Day", was an interactive session where Web developers and users got together to share problems and come up with working prototype solutions. There were a number of ideas proposed, including using OpenID and microformats to auto-fill form fields; creating a custom CSS for enabling line-wrapping for any site; and creating walking instructions using geolocation and Transport for London public transport data. The day allowed developers to gain insights into how their design decisions can adversely affect users. It also enabled users to understand what was, and was not, technically feasible and why some Websites are designed the way they are.

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