Creating an Inclusive Web Framework (research project abstract)

This study delves into existing literature regarding web accessibility and usability. It looks into the relationship between accessibility and usability to highlight how both practices complement each other and, when used together, will create a better, and accessible, user experience. This research study employed a survey to understand how web designers, developers and professionals (the participants) perceived the relationship between web accessibility and usability. This survey also presented a table of combined heuristics and questioned whether the participants considered an integrated view using combined web accessibility guidelines and usability heuristics to be a good segue into a more comprehensive, and inclusive, web design framework. This research study is working towards an inclusive web framework that focuses around the user experience of users of all abilities with regard to the perspectives of web designers, developers and professionals in its’ development.

Contact me if you’re interested in reading this paper.

(Note: This is an older post from May 2014 that I’m posting again.)

The Mind’s Eye

I’ve been devouring a lot of books by Dr. Oliver Sacks lately. Okay, maybe not devouring, but rather nibbling at a fairly steady pace. My gateway book was “The Mind’s Eye.” I heard about it from some professors and fellow students in my program and decided to check it out. Dr. Oliver Sacks has now become my favourite, non-fiction writer…and all round individual (please make some room Sir David Attenborough).

In “The Mind’s Eye,” Dr. Sacks invites us into the world of people who have lost their sense of sight, their sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to recognize faces or the ability to read. He shares the experiences of people who face an extreme change in their life after a loss due to a stroke or a neurological disorder, as well as those who may not have been born with a specific ability but then acquires it through a neurological change. How does one recognize a friend when they cannot recognize a face? If one has lost an ability that they have relied on all their life, how do they compensate? How do they adapt?

Book cover for The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks

This book does not deal with the devastation of loss, but of the creativity, tenacity and adaptability of the human spirit. It shares the experiences of others to help us understand experiences outside of ourselves.

Please beg, borrow or barter to get your hands on this book to read.

Dr. Oliver Sacks was a practicing physician and was also a professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

(Note: This is an older post from May 2014 that I’m posting again.)