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Enabled by Design meets Scripting Enabled


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Denise Stephen's presentation at http://scriptingenabled covering the symptoms of MS and how inclusive web design can help make it easier to surf the web.

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Enabled by Design meets Scripting Enabled

  1. 1. Enabled by Design meets Scripting Enabled: Technology + Good Design = Scripting Enabled
  2. 2. Hello my name’s Denise
  3. 3. How do you think I managed to end up on crutches? <ul><li>a). Skiing injury </li></ul><ul><li>b). Fell off while dancing on a table </li></ul><ul><li>c). I have Relapsing and Remitting MS </li></ul><ul><li>d). All of the above – only kidding ; ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. The answer is c): <ul><li>MS is a neurological condition that is unpredictable, variable and different </li></ul><ul><li>in every case. </li></ul><ul><li>So what sort of barriers does this cause? </li></ul>
  5. 5. One of my main symptoms is extreme fatigue….
  6. 6. Sometimes my eyes go a bit funny….
  7. 7. and I’m only one of many who has a visual impairment….
  8. 8. This can include: Blurred Vision
  9. 9. Double Vision
  10. 10. Colour Distortion
  11. 11. But it’s not always my eyesight that’s affected, sometimes I feel like I’m wearing Mickey Mouse gloves….
  12. 12. Sometimes I’m in a wibbly wobbly world of my own….
  13. 13. This means that typing, selecting from drop down menus and clicking on icons can be a bit of a nightmare! <ul><li>Thus isn;t as esay as it looks1 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sometimes my hearing seems muffled….
  15. 15. And sometimes I suffer from….
  16. 16. This can make life pretty unpredictable, but one thing is for certain…. <ul><li>Everyday will be different to the next! </li></ul><ul><li>And my needs will change from day to day. </li></ul>
  17. 17. But everyone has different needs and abilities, so how do you meet everyone’s requirements at the same time…. <ul><li>This isn’t strictly possible but one approach is: </li></ul><ul><li>UNIVERSAL DESIGN </li></ul>
  18. 18. Universal Design according to my heroes at OXO: <ul><li>Universal Design means the design of products usable by as many people as possible </li></ul><ul><li>The concept of Universal Design makes room for all users by taking as many needs as possible into consideration in the design process </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important to note that Universal Design does not mean designing products fully usable by everybody, since there is no product that can truly fulfil the needs of all users </li></ul>
  19. 19. Example of how OXoO uses Universal Design to make people’s lives easier…. <ul><li>OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler </li></ul><ul><li>Ergonomic design </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure absorbing handle for comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Fatter handle for ease of grip </li></ul><ul><li>Non-slip rubber grip for added safety </li></ul><ul><li>This sort of inclusive design means that </li></ul><ul><li>their products are accessible to a much </li></ul><ul><li>wider audience. </li></ul>
  20. 20. So why not apply this approach to online systems? <ul><li>The good news is, that’s exactly why you’re here today! </li></ul>
  21. 21. What is Enabled by Design?
  22. 22. <ul><li>Enabled by Design is developing an online community that will support anyone looking to make adjustments to their lives through the use of assistive equipment, be it as a result of disability, injury or personal identified need. We aim to make independent living more accessible through the use of clever modern design. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>We want to practice what we preach and it’s extremely important that our website will reflect this…. </li></ul>And that’s why we’re so excited about Scripting Enabled!
  24. 24. One last thing before you go…. <ul><li>“ Usability rules the web” </li></ul><ul><li>– </li></ul><ul><li>Jakob Nielsen </li></ul><ul><li>(IT expert, writer and advisor on software and web design) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Usability – The Golden Rules <ul><li>Simply presented information </li></ul><ul><li>Content reduced to essentials </li></ul><ul><li>Manageable logical structure </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive usability </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform appearance, consistently designed </li></ul><ul><li>Good design and appealing graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Quick delivery of information </li></ul>Taken from ‘The Little Know It All – Common sense for designers’ – Die Gestalten Verlag ISBN: 978-3-89955-167-9 – it has a nice chapter on Digital Media including a section on Web Design
  26. 26. <ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for listening! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>You can contact me here: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@dizzel or @enabledby </li></ul>