News and Blogs

  • Mark.Walker | 17 Apr 2014
    Our sector reports shine a light on web accessibility in specific industries, showing how well the leading players are delivering accessibility best practise. In April we looked at the sites of six of the UK's leading Household Insurance companies, including Aviva, Axa, Direct Line, Hiscox, NFU...
  • callum.grantham | 14 Apr 2014
    One of the most common problems our testers come across in relation to images on websites. Incorrect or missing alt-text can cause serious issues for users of screen readers, such as blind and partially sighted people, as well as presenting issues of legal compliance for websites that fail to use...
  • callum.grantham | 14 Apr 2014
    It is 10 years since AbilityNet’s Patron Baroness Martha Lane Fox had an awful car accident which left her with a number of life-threatening injuries. Since then she has become a tireless and inspiring champion for digital inclusion and to show how far she has come she is going to walk 50 miles...
  • Mark.Walker | 08 Apr 2014
    Tinder Foundation, together with our partners Abilitynet, Digital Outreach Ltd, SCVO, Supporting Communities Northern Ireland and NIACE Dysgu Cymru, has reached the second stage of the Big Lottery Fund’s Basic Online Skills programme. Our proposed programme - Digital Mission- will support people to...
  • Alex.Barker | 04 Apr 2014
    As it is Parkinson's Awareness Week in April we thought we would write a blog to show people who have the condition how easy it is to use their computer.
  • callum.grantham | 12 Mar 2014
    Double Paralympic Gold Medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE officially launched this year’s Tech4Good Awards at an event that took place at BT Tower last week. Hannah is one of the judges of this year’s Awards and will be present at the ceremony itself on 10th July at BT Centre. Although she was unable to...
  • callum.grantham | 11 Mar 2014
    February’s AbilityNet webinar saw us join forces with SOCITM to give a practical overview of web accessibility. Our Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christopherson shared his expertise in the area, helping attendees with web accessibility queries. A key element of the webinar was the contribution...
  • Mark.Walker | 07 Mar 2014
    Dr Chris Bailey, senior consultant in AbilityNet's London office, has been elected Accessibility Officer for the UK Chapter of the User Experience Professional Association. Chris recently completed his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Teesside University and is keen to promote better...
  • Alex.Barker | 28 Feb 2014
    The needs of people with Down's Syndrome vary enormously and there may be many ways that computers could help them with communications at work, at home or in education. This blog covers just a few of them and is written to mark World Downs Syndrome Day on March 21.
  • Stefan.Sollinger | 14 Feb 2014
    Are you using alt text properly? Inconsistent use of alt text is one of the most common problems found in our web audits. These golden rules make your alt tags more useful to your site visitors and mean your site is more likely to be legally compliant. These rules are aimed at content editors but...