Introduction and Updates As we’ve reached the September accessibility deadline, I’d like to look back on the progress that’s been made in making the University’s web estate a more accessible, inclusive space and service for all of our users.   With almost 1500 sites hosted by and affiliated with the University of Edinburgh, it would […]

We have recently completed a short collaboration with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies to better understand the needs of students of online postgraduate courses. The findings may help us understand the differing needs of students online compared to on-campus.

A few of us recently took part in DrupalCon Global 2020, an online conference which took place over three days, from 14 – 17 July.

How has working from home affected my work and my mental health?

As we are all adapting to the “new normal”, working techniques have changed tremendously. I am Tasniva Mumu, and I have been working with the University of Edinburgh Website and Communications team within Information Services for the last 6 months as a user experience intern.

What is Heading Structure and why is it important for web accessibility?   Designing websites with sound heading structure in mind is critical to making your websites are truly accessible, as websites with good heading structure make it easier for screen readers to successfully and quickly navigate pages to find relevant information.   As much […]

We recently made some changes to the staff view of MyEd, to make it easier for staff to use MyEd, and find the content that they need.  The changes include: Adding Learn to the staff home page. Making changes to the menu structure to improve how we organise content. Making it possible to favourite all […]

At last month’s Web Publishing Community session, we conducted an experiment in mass remote collaboration. Using a technique called liberating structures, 40 people generated ideas, before sifting through them all and finding the strongest one — all within 20 minutes.

Our current requirement to work remotely brings obvious challenges when it comes to collaboration. But by trying things out and learning quickly, we’re figuring out how we can adapt to the new reality while remaining collaborative.

What is PDF accessibility and why is it important?   PDFs were designed so that everyone could view the same document regardless of what OS they were running. However, PDFs are too often incompatible with screen reading software and difficult to navigate.   An accessible PDF is structured in such a way that it is […]

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