April 05, 2009

First product to check Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

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Deque World space logoNow you can check website Accessibility compliance with WCAG 2.0. Deque World Space is the first product to support WCAG 2.0 (Web content accessibility guidelines).

You can generate accessibility reports for your website for free in Deque.com. To get the report, provide an URL or attach the file or paste your code - you will get the report instantly. You have option to check accessbility compliances as per the section 508 and WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

Another efficient feature in the enterprise version of Deque World space is "Spidering". World Space spider's a single page or an entire website based on the link depth (up to 25 level) you specify for the site. Parallely World Space does analysis of the spidered page and generates the summary report with three graphs as shown here. The graph will represent Extent, instensity and the Nature of the problem in your website. Reports can be generated in various format.

Deque world Space Graph showing the extent of Web Accessibility issues in the given website
Deque world Space Graph showing the intensity of Web Accessibility issues in the given website
Deque world Space Graph showing the Nature of Accessibility issues in the given website

Apart from the consolidated Graph report, you can also have the detailed report and developers report. Detailed reports talks about the each and every violation of section 508 and wcag 2.0.

Along with every finding, you can see a link called fix - that links to the view & the design mode of the html page. Worldspace helps you to Remidiate through a efficient wizard approach.

You can also find the WCAG 2.0 analysis of your HTML page or file or

To check on code visit here.

Register for worldspace webinar and enjoy the only tool which supports wcag 2.0 guidelines.

March 05, 2009

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines - WCAG 2.0

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 has defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. It is an upgraded version of WCAG 1.0. WCAG 2.0 guidelines helps resolving various disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.

Wcag 2.0 & Technologies

WCAG 2.0 is designed to apply to a broad range of technologies including Javascript/Ajax, Flash, PDF.

Four Principles of WCAG 2.0

Principle 1: Perceivable

Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.

Principle 2: Operable

User interface components and navigation must be operable

Principle 3: Understandable

Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.

Principle 4: Robust

Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.


Tool for wcag 2.0: www.deque.com

November 10, 2008

Usability is No Longer Enough

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The next wave of the information age is about designing for persuasion, emotion, and trust (PET design™).

You still need good usability if people can't find something they can't be persuaded by it but soon usability will no longer be the key differentiator it has been. It's often not enough to design a website that is easy to navigate, understand, and transact on. Just because people can do something doesn't ensure that they will.

The future of design is about creating engagement and commitment to meet measurable business goals. Whether your site is e-commerce, informational, or transactional, you must motivate people to make decisions that lead to conversion. This could be getting people to: * buy a product * sign-up for a newsletter * donate to a cause * ask their doctor about a drug * vote for a candidate * invest in your company

The interactive online environment offers far more opportunities to influence decision making than traditional advertising or marketing channels. Yet understanding people's subtle emotional triggers requires a rigorous set of new techniques, the results of which can even conflict with classic usability best practices.

How NOT to conduct a usability test

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Funny video I saw on You tube of Charlie Chaplin. They test some product with Charlie on a new product. This is really funny - but how not to test a product.



Bill Gates at World Usability Day

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July 12, 2008

Blogger posting from iPhone

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Continuing the same post from the top. Means - I couldn't able to go to last line of this text area. Because the scrollbar is missing. The blogging in blogger with iPhone is annoying. This is the summary of this blogpost - just write a small feed with iPhone without an image.

(I wanted to add this line in bottom of this blog post. Couldn't able to scroll) To add a bulleted list to blogger in iPhone, add an html tag as we do coding in a notepad.


Am writing this blog post from iPhone. Trying following features:

Bold - when I pressed bold from the above tool menu in edit mode, it added the span tag with bold style attribute On touch of return key outside the span tag, I can use the next style item.

Italics - works same way as bold. On touch of italics icon, blogger gaveinline style as style = fontstyle: italic. the

Adding URL - on touch of a URL link icon gives a modal window and the url can be entered like this Suggest Usability

Spell check - works as similar to working in a computer. Shows a red underlined bold text for spelling mistakes. On click on those red text shows a callout with spelling options. I selected one among the options. Red text turns to green. I had to go to a editable mode for other manual check. It is also easy to learn.

Adding images - adding image in blogger through an iPhone is really a hectic. Choose file option is disabled. Adding an image path from web add it to the top of the page. I could not able to move it to anywhere on the page.

May 31, 2008

How to create Sign up forms?

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how to create sign up forms

Signup forms is to create a permanent relationship between user and site.

Other experts articles on how to create sign up forms:

May 21, 2008

Video of Google Factory Tour of Search including announcement of Google Health

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April 27, 2008

CFP: ICT, Society and Human Beings 2008

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-- CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submissions (last call): 12 May 2008
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IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ICT, SOCIETY AND HUMAN BEINGS 2008
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 to 24 July 2008
(http://www.ict-conf.org/)
part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems
(MCCSIS 2008)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 to 27 July 2008
(http://www.mccsis.org)

* Keynote Speakers
Professor Margaret Tan, Deputy Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Professor Simone Fischer Hübner, Karlstad university, Sweden

* Conference background and goals
The effects of ICT on humans comes in focus in the conference but also the interaction between ICT – Individual – Society. Interaction and Effects - both are important. Changes in behaviour, perspectives, values, competencies, human and psychological aspects, feelings are all of interest. Computer Science and IT related disciplines work more and more together with various behavioural sciences: Cognitive effects and changes, Motivational and emotional changes, Organisational and institutional changes, Societal changes, Value changes and new lifestyles, experiences from Child psychology and Development psychology. In general all types of research strategies are encouraged and especially cross disciplinary and multidisciplinary studies. Case studies, broader empirical field studies, theoretical analyses, cross cultural studies, scenarios, ethnographic studies, epistemological analyses.

* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line). The best paper authors will be invited to
publish extended versions of their papers in the IADIS Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems (ISSN: 1646-3692).

* Types of submissions
Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels
and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics related to ICT, Society and Human Beings: are of interest. These include, but are not limited to the following areas and topics:

- Globalization and ICT (Main area)
- Globalization processes
- Glocalization processes
- Values, norms
- Labour market (outsourcing,integration, mobility)
- Universal access
- Virtual worlds
- Global villages
- Rethinking economical and social theories
- Human capital theory
- Sustainability, Democracy
- Global catastrophes
- Vulnerability

- Life role and ICT (Main area)
- Citizen’s role
- Professional role
- Leadership role
- Private role
- Virtual roles
- Home of the future
- Mobile life
- Role conflicts

- Desirable goals (Main area)
- Integration
- Humanization
- Reducing poverty
- Bridging the digital gap
- Freedom of expression
- Democratization
- E-cooperation
- Peace
- Sustainability
- Wellbeing Health
- Human welfare
- Quality of life

- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) (Main area)
- ICT applications and systems contributing to desirable goals (see
track below)

- Life environment and ICT (Main area)
- Psychosocial environment
- Work environment/Work place:
- Work content – Work tasks
- Organizational structure
- Decision support systems
- Human-human communication
- Power structure-formal and informal
- Leadership
- Career patterns
- Influence/participation
- Working hours and salary/compensation
- Work pace/work load Physical and ergonomic conditions
- Learning and knowledge growth
- Home Environment
- Public Environment
- Private Environment
- Virtual Environment
- Virtual (on-line) communities
- Organisational Design and Management
- Psychosocial work environment

- Effects on humans (Main area)
- Analyses of impact as well as technology contributing to desirable
human qualities
- Psychosocial impact
- Life styles
- Human needs (meaningfulness, belonging, autonomy, confidence)
- Happiness and fun
- Wellbeing and health
- Dependency
- Identity
- Integrity
- Trust – security – privacy
- Addictiveness (games)
- Availability
- Motivation
- Human memory
- Cybersickness
- Stress (over- and understimulation)
- Workload
- Fatigue
- Love and Relationship
- Skills and competencies:
- Creativity
- Problem solving
- Social competence

- Perspectives (Main area)
- Social and psychosocial
- Cross-cultural
- Theoretical
- Gender
- Class
- Rural – urban
- Multimodal
- Economic
- Ethical

- Actions for reaching the Good Information Society (Main area)
- Individual level
- Communities ( physical and virtual) level
- Governmental level
- International level
- Civil society and social change communities
- Design of societal systems - rethinking

* Important Dates:
- Submission deadline (last call): 12 May 2008
- Notification to Authors: 30 May 2008
- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 13 June 2008
- Late Registration: After 13 June 2008
- Conference: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 to 24 July 2008

* Conference Location
The conference will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

* Secretariat
IADIS Secretariat - IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ICT, SOCIETY AND
HUMAN BEINGS 2008
Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: secretariat@ict-conf.org
Web site: http://www.ict-conf.org/

* Program Committee
ICT, Society and Human Beings 2008 Conference Program Chair:
Gunilla Bradley, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

General MCCSIS Conference Co-Chairs:
Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University),
Portugal
Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Committee Members: *
* for committee list please refer to http://www.ict-conf.org/committees.asp

Marissa Mayer at Google Press Day Paris

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better late than never :)

Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products and User Experience, gives an A-Z of search explaining how Google is working to ensure all its users get access to fast, relevant results, at Google Press Day in Paris on June 19, 2007.