WWW 2011 – Trip Report [#accessibility #a11y #w4a11]

The Web has had a glorious existence of over two decades and has revolutionized the way we work and live. It has been the catalyst for proliferating information across boundaries, enabling effective communication and 24/7 service availability all leading to a digital, information based economy that we have today. Yet, its direct influence has reached a small percentage of human population. By virtue of being hosted in a growing developing country, bubbling with innovation, this year’s theme aims to highlight the need for expanding the horizons of the Web to become all inclusive and pervasive, reaching out to every human life.

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Of Chocolate and Human Factors

Different operating modalities are useful for providing a personalised experience and a one-size fits all approach is not the way forward. Indeed, I wonder if universal design, or participatory design just encourage a product which is acceptable to all but desired by none.