e-Accessibility in the UK government

This BBC article, currently getting top billing in technology, highlights some research showing poor levels of e-Accessibility in government. Disappointing to say the least.

I’m proud, however, that Directgov is held up as an example of how things should be done. AA, I’m not sure, but certainly up there with the best! Awesome, in the American sense of the word.


3 Responses to “e-Accessibility in the UK government”

  1. Shanahan on March 30th, 2006 05:37

    How come when I search Directgov for Dan Harrison I get “Dance UK”?

    I’m going to Robocast your blog tonight. I might even get a nice British accented TTS voice for you.

  2. Dan on March 30th, 2006 05:56

    That’s a very good question FS, although it begs the question why you were looking!

    You also failed to note that a similar search for Francis Shanahan reveals an article entitled “Gunpowder plot 400 years on”.

    “Dance UK” is probably a result of “stemming ob-literation”, a search industry term that I just made up to describe the process by which a word is truncated to the degree that its original meaning is entirely lost. Hence, “Dan” matches “Dan(ce)”. A similar example would be “shanahan” matching “shambolic”, although maybe this is an example of artificial intelligence 😉

    “Francis”, btw, matches “Francis Tresham”, one of Fawkes’ co-conspirators. As per google, the default is for Directgov to do an “or” search, with significant additional weighting given if both words are found. Surprisingly (and sadly), no article contains the words Francis AND Shanahan.

    I’m looking forward to the Robocast. Other possible words for your creation are ‘botcast or even Bodcast, in honour of our childhood strawberry milkshake drinking friend.

  3. Shanahan on March 30th, 2006 13:01

    Robo-Podcast is up, have to make do with an american accent for now…http://www.FrancisShanahan.com/robocast.aspx

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