Guardian Inside View

When Better Connected (External link) was published at the beginning of the month I was asked if I'd write a short piece for the Guardian newspaper detailing our approach to web development at Clackmannanshire Council, with a slight emphasis on accessibility. I was very happy to do so, and it was finally published in today's paper, in the Epublic supplement. You can also read it online at the Guardian site - Why size doesn't matter in setting web standards (External link).

Also worth a read is the headline article in the supplement, Online, but out of touch (External link).


Daniel - well done! I spotted this at lunchtime.

Keep up the good work and the accessibilty flag flying.


Posted by: ian watt at March 29, 2006 2:56 PM

Nice work sir!

Posted by: Andrew Green at March 29, 2006 5:58 PM

Nice one Dan. Right on the money.

It's also something I have been saying for a while. I wrote about this a while back in a post I called Pay peanuts and get monkeys.

Local govt should be investing money in a skilled team not wasting 100k on "out of the box" solutions that are never as "out of the box" as the salesman with the sharp suit, strong aftershave, white teeth and Ford Mondeo say they are.

Posted by: Andy Saxton at March 29, 2006 8:53 PM

Thanks fellas. I'm pleased with what was printed, I submitted too many words but it went in almost unedited.

Andy, I've just read your peanuts and monkeys post and sadly I'm not sure the situation's improved much in the intervening 9 months. Instead of the investment you're talking about we're seeing 5 million quid blown on a campaign to get more people to use online government services. (Check out the "click here" links on that site, they should pockle a few grand for an accessibility audit instead...)

Posted by: Dan at March 29, 2006 10:47 PM

Dan, very nicely done article. I think you've nailed the quality versus "quantity" argument very well, especially in the second paragraph about your team and resources.

Posted by: Isofarro at March 30, 2006 10:05 AM

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