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Like to keep up with the latest news about web design? We regularly write about the latest trends in website design, SEO and Social Media. We also give tips and hints about how to make the most of your business website online. Take a read through our website design blog for more web design stories of what is happening around the world.

Let us rid the world of cookie banners!

Let us rid the world of cookie banners!

A lot of companies have cookie banners because they believe it is required by law. This is technically true if you use certain types of analytic code on your website that tracks behaviour. It is not a legal requirement if you do not have such analytics software code. The problem is that Cookie Banners are a major accessibility problem for blind people using screen readers... read more »

The Law of Unintended Consequences #bancookiebanners

The Law of Unintended Consequences #bancookiebanners

There are many reasons why I hate Cookie Banners. I do not dislike them. I do not find them irritating. I hate them. With a vengeance. Over the last 10 years, we have seen the BBC, Google, Microsoft, Apple and many other innovative companies put accessibility at the heart of what they do and they have come out with the most brilliant ideas around assistive technology. During... read more »

I am speaking at a TedX event on Website Accessibility for Disabled People!

I am speaking at a TedX event on Website Accessibility for Disabled People!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be speaking at TedX Lukely Brook on Wednesday March 2nd 2022! You may be unsurprised to learn that I am speaking about a subject closest to my heart: Website Accessibility for Disabled People!  I have spent 15 years talking about this; at meetings, events, media interviews and through rather a lot of online articles.... read more »

Oops, sorry, we didn’t think of that….

Oops, sorry, we didn’t think of that….

As the BBC reported yesterday, an Israeli Government Minister, Karine Elharrar, had to return to her hotel 50 miles away after waiting for 2 hours to access COP26. George Eustace, a Government Minister, implied that this was the fault of the Israeli delegations for not specifying Ms Bennet’s accessibility needs in advance. The Israeli Embassy explained that they had "communicated over the past several weeks... read more »

Today is Purple Tuesday!

Today is Purple Tuesday!

Did you know that today is Purple Tuesday? It is known as the UK’s official Accessible Shopping Day and is supported by the UK Government and many major shopping brands. As someone who has been promoting the cause of Website Accessibility for Disabled People for 15 years, I am personally delighted to see another event that is promoting the cause of accessibility! The Disability Discrimination... read more »

Is your website printer friendly?

Have you ever printed Have you ever tried to print off a page from a website? Very often it will go all over place, images will be cut off, text messed up, it will often go over several sheets of paper with lots of blank spaces. Annoying, isn’t it? It does not have to be that way, however! Think about it for a moment,... read more »

This is why you need to take action now!

This is why you need to take action now!

Accessibility Audit Enquiry I had a chat with a travel company this week. They had some concerns about how accessible their website was for disabled people and they wanted me to undertake a full website accessibility audit and work with their design term to remedy any issues. Before the initial meeting, I undertook a quick appraisal of their website and initially I was very pleased. My... read more »

“Hey you! You in the wheelchair, stand up!”

“Hey you! You in the wheelchair, stand up!”

I cannot imagine that anyone reading this article would ever say this to someone who is in a wheelchair. It is obviously inappropriate, insensitive and, frankly, completely offensive. It is an extreme example of inappropriate behaviour but I can remember many occasions when Jess and I were out in a café when people would ask me a question similar to “Does she take sugar?”, rather... read more »

Blind people do not use the internet. How could they, they cannot see the screen.

Blind people do not use the internet. How could they, they cannot see the screen.

It started with a conversation I was having a chat with a very nice lady last week. We had met at an online networking event and were having a follow-up chat over Zoom. She had been struck by some of the things I had been saying and it had got her thinking. She had previously been working as a health and safety officer for a company... read more »

Here is one easy way to resolve your website accessibility issues!

Here is one easy way to resolve your website accessibility issues!

I am delighted to announce that today is the day that Run Your Own Website Version 2 is officially launched! What is it? Run Your Own Website is all the knowledge we have gained from the last 15 years of creating beautiful, accessible websites, distilled into one amazing product! Whether you are looking you are a sole trader, small business, charity or other not-for-profit organisation, we... read more »

Website accessibility: what is it and why is it important?

Website accessibility: what is it and why is it important?

It’s time to make sure your website is accessible to all demographics. Find out what that means and why it’s important below. A well-designed website can be appealing to the masses, but companies can often miss an important part of their demographic – people with disabilities. A website could have phenomenal branding and great visual appeal, and yet alienate huge numbers of users due to... read more »

Language is important

Language is important

Think about the words For some years I was a lecturer at a college. When you are in a position of authority, the words you use can have a lasting impact.  As you get to know your students, their backgrounds and their own challenges, you can modify your language, the phrases you use, so that they feel more positive. When it comes to your website, however,... read more »

Click Here… Click There… Click… Where????

Click Here… Click There… Click… Where????

The answer to these questions may seem obvious Would you invite someone sitting in a wheelchair to stand? Would you offer to shake hands with someone who does not have the use of their arms. Would you cover your mouth when speaking to someone who was deaf so they could not read your lips? I hope your answer to all of these questions is a resounding... read more »

Your website and accessibility. All you need to know in one video!

Do you have a website? If you do and you are in the UK, your website falls under the Equality Act. If it is not accessible for visitors with disabilities, you are at risk from litigation. However, this is avoidable without having to invest in a new website. Please watch this video to understand more about... read more »

Understanding Website Accessibility, the easy way

Understanding Website Accessibility, the easy way

A simple way of explaining a complex issue Website accessibility, although a complex subject, is of fundamental importance because it relates directly to the experience of all visitors to the website. The reason I say all visitors is because, when thought is given to the accommodation of the needs of visitors with assistive needs, everyone else will also benefit. Here is a way of explaining it... read more »

Mr Search and Mr Access – online, this Friday at 4N Chichester, 10am!

Mr Search and Mr Access – online, this Friday at 4N Chichester, 10am!

What is this about? It is my latest 4Sight, if you have a website, you should come. Why? If your website can be accessed by a member of the public, it falls under the Equality Act. Why is this important? If your website is inaccessible to disabled people, they cannot buy from you. This is bad for your business. They could also sue you under the Equality Act. This... read more »