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Thanks very much for visiting my blog. Always happy to have people read my stuff but just thought I should point out this post is years old. If it's about technical stuff there is a possibility that it is no longer relevant, if it's a bug report/fix I'm hoping that it should now have been fixed.

Of course if this is what you're looking for and it does work then great, just don't say I didn't warn you...

Ian Fenn has now set up a petition on the governments website to make the big-wigs aware of the sorry state of a number of government websites – I have signed up and I think you should too, this is not only about crappy websites but also about public money (around £200000) being wasted and hypocrisy as the government themselves now state that public service websites should meet set accessibility standards – PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREECH GUYS!!!!

I first became aware of the quality of certain government websites while reading on Bruce Lawson’s blog about dealings with the DTI and the bodged up redesign of their website. I am not going to go into the finer points of what was said but in a nutshell they re-launched with a table based site which was not accessible, claimed that indeed it was accessible and then hid behind FoI law when asked to provide additional information about it. More information on what happened can be found in Bruce Lawsons special category on stupid government websites.

There are currently 90 signatures – not great but it’s a start; the link was sent out on the WSG mailing list so I would expect this to grow to a much greater figure soon. The deadline for sign-ups is 21st February but don’t delay, you should sign up today! Please be aware that it’s actually only available to UK citizens and I am unsure if there are any loopholes…

I don’t really think there is much more I can say – so go and sign you name now on the petitions sign-up page.

Tags accessibility, accessibility petition, government

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