Thursday, 17 April 2014

"Smart Kids Camp" in Mysore

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Is Your "WEBSITE ACCESSIBLE" ? Even for Persons with Disability ?

"Can ALL people, including persons with disabilities, access the information that your website provides?" 

Some organisations may consider their websites to be "accessible" when the websites are easily found by search engines. However, the core principle of web accessibility is not about whether people "can find you", it is about designing sites for everyone, no matter who they are or how they access the Internet. It specifically addresses the needs of persons with disabilities, and ensures acceptable ease of use for all levels of ability. 

But Why is that Website needs to be accessible ? 
Social Responsibility
Everyone has a responsibility to treat persons with disabilities the same as we treat persons without disabilities. This is especially important for websites, as they often enable these people to live a more independent life and maximise their potentials in a knowledge society. In some cases a website is the only way for persons with disabilities to access up-to-date information.

Legal Responsibility
The Disability Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 487) has created a legal duty for organisations to ensure their services are available to everyone regardless of disability. This principle is applicable to information and services provided through websites.

Access to Hidden Markets
Effective web accessibility allows:
  • Government websites to reach more citizens.
  • Corporate websites to reach and retain more online customers.

Rank More Prominently in Search Result
Adopting web accessibility design is in effect making websites more accessible not only to persons with disabilities but also the search engines.  Many of the features making a website accessible, such as enforcing proper coding of the webpages and presenting the contents in a clear and structured manner, are inherent characteristics of a search engine friendly website.  Therefore, the more accessible your website is, the more effective your search performance is, and the more potential customers you can reach.

Lower Costs
Attention to web accessibility guidelines on all website projects saves time and money in the long term, especially when new releases of systems are rolled out.

 Myths About Web Accessibility
There are many myths with regards to web accessibility. Some of these are outlined below and a good understanding of them will help you drive web accessibility in your organisation.

Myth 1: Persons with Disabilities Do Not Use Websites
Many people assume that persons with disabilities do not use websites.

In fact the complete opposite is the case.

Persons with disabilities often use websites more than persons without disabilities. Websites have been a great enabler for these people to live a more independent life by shopping and socialising online.

Myth 2: Accessible Websites Are Boring
Designers are fearful that building an accessible website will lead to a website that is boring. This is not necessarily the case.

Web accessibility relies upon good coding techniques as well as simple design.

Simple design does not necessarily mean boring design.

Myth 3: Web Accessibility Is Expensive
Many people think building an accessible website is expensive and resist this process.

In fact building an accessible website in general can save you money in the long term through better programming discipline and good coding techniques.

These techniques lead to websites that are simpler to maintain and use with a range of browsers and devices.

Top 10 Concerns from Persons with Disabilities 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Internet Users :India is growing faster than anybody else!

We took 10 years from year 2000 to reach 100 million internet users. But we took only 2 more years to make the figure double. Statistics says that we will be the second largest user base in World after China surpassing USA. That sounds good. Internet is full of opportunities. There are studies on various uses of Internet across various age group. I have collected few snapshots of Internet Outlook as on 2012.
Landscape of Internet users in INDIA: Courtesy: McKinsey study 
Study says that the biggest reason for low internet penetration ( one of the lowest in World) in India is "Unawareness of Internet Use and Poor facility for Internet Training". We at Xtracomp bring internet training to all age group people in Mysore. Our attempt is make the internet training affordable and easy for everyone.