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Jun082015

Keyboard interaction: special keys and shortcuts

On a web page/application, the 'special' keys – Tab, Space, Esc etc. – can perform generic keyboard interactions. They move the focus to the next or previous element, or they open or close something, or they start or stop a process. Sometimes, their functions can be reversed or altered by holding down the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt keys simultaneously. A well designed keyboard interaction should behave in a way that a user would intuitively expect it to.

Jun012015

Aural interaction and screen readers

A visual interface expresses information about the state of a web page, or application, through a visual language. For example, links are a different colour to the rest of the text indicating that, if clicked, another page will load. Also, a link's colour may change if the cursor hovers over it. The cursor, too, may change from an arrow into a pointer. The problem is that users who cannot see a visual interface receive none of these visual cues. One way to overcome this problem is to express this basic language through speech: aural interaction.

May252015

Why create accessible websites?

If you think about it, we interact with our desktop computers mostly with our hands and our eyes. Our hands are on the keyboard or mouse; our eyes are looking at the screen. However, some users cannot make use of a screen or a mouse. They may be blind, or have low vision, or may not have fine motor skills with their wrists, hands and fingers.

If we don't make our websites univerally accessible, we risk losing out on the contributions these users have to make: their ideas, donations, bug fixes, purchases, stories etc.

Mar232015

Top Tips for getting a job at BrightLemon

So as well as ensuring all our current staff are well looked after I am also responsible for recruiting new employees at BrightLemon.

1.  What are we looking for?

A great personality with a dedication and passion for building and improving online community content management systems for some of the worlds biggest and most meaningful companies!

2.  How can you make your CV stand out to us?

Mar192015

Visualising the race

Recently, a friend from my running group sent me a link to a TED talk titled: Are we born to run? One of the points the speaker makes is that at shorter distances, such as over a mile, women are much slower runners than men, but as distances get longer women get much closer to parity with men.