- It's now widely known and accepted that mobile web access is as popular and will slowly overtake desktop access within the next few years. With this ever-growing usage of mobile devices to connect to the Internet, users with special needs, such as the blind community must also be taken into consideration when we're creating new sites. Research commissioned by Vodafone in 2009 estimated that, across 19 key markets (representing 1.76bn people) approximately 136 million people, or 11%, experience "moderate or minor disability or impairment".
In the last few months we’ve made some major steps forward in our approach towards delivering responsive websites. We evaluated a series of responsive frameworks before settling on Twitter Bootstrap and then set about creating our own WordPress multisite framework with it. I think it’s safe to say that everyone in the team can now start to see the advantages of the framework and that general deployment times for sites is starting to decrease. Design and layout constraints are now being overcome and the sites that have been launched so far on new.devon.gov.uk have a fresh and vibrant feel about them and don’t all look the same which was one of the initial concerns when choosing the bootstrap framework.… Read the rest
- Five years ago today (29 June 2007) the first iPhone was launched. Exactly 200 years earlier during the Russo-Turkish War the Ottoman fleet is destroyed at the Battle of Athos. Whether these two events are connected we’ll never know.
Picture the scene…. It’s 11.30pm on a Monday night, my PC downstairs has been switched off for a while and I’m tucked up in bed ready to catch some flies. It then suddenly dawns on me that I’ve got a christening to go to at the weekend and ideally, I could do with a new pair of smart but casual black trousers. There won’t be any opportunity for me to get into town to have a look around the shops before the weekend, so online shopping will have to do. I can’t be bothered to wait for my ageing PC to boot up again and I haven’t got the luxury of an iPad so it’s all down to my trusty iPhone with wifi connection again.… Read the rest